Xian Zhang is the current music director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, as well as the principal guest conductor of the BBC National Orchestra Wales. She is a conductor emeritus of the Sinfonica di Milano. She started her career as assistant conductor at the New York Philharmonic. She works regularly with the Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Netherlands Radio and Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras, the Sydney, Cleveland, San Francisco, London Symphony and Royal Concertgebouw orchestra’s. She also has frequent engagements with the Royal Opera Stockholm, English National Opera and Santa Fe Orchestra.