He started piano lessons with his mother, Professor Wenju Sui and went on to study with Professors Yiming Pan, Gongyi Zhu, Jun Yang and Professor Huili Li. He graduated from the Central Conservatory of China in 1987 with honors.
His teaching career of over 30 years has seen many of his students grown to be excellent pianists. His remarkable teaching achievements have drawn extensive attention from both home and abroad. Many of his students are admitted to world-famous academies of music and won scholarships of the highest level. His students have competed nationally and internationally and won awards in one competition after another. To name a few, for instance: Yansong Huang and Kaiwen Zhao won the gold medal in Tchaikovsky’s International Competition for Young Musicians; Yanfeng Bai and Siqi Yun won the gold medals for adult and youth in CCTV Piano & Violin Competition. Among all his students, 312 have won prizes, of which 120 are gold medal winners.
In recent years, Professor Jin Zhang has been invited to judge influential national and international piano competitions held in the U.S.A.，Germany，France，Japan. He was also invited to teach and give master classes in many Music Academies both home and abroad. He founded the Chopin International Competition for Young Pianists, as well as Xinghai and Cadanza Piano Competitions.
In addition to these engagements, he has also recorded Teaching DVDs and published the newest music book intended for students taking grading auditions. In honor of his excellent teaching achievements, the Central Conservatory of China awarded him on its 50th anniversary the prize of Excellent Contribution by the Young And Middle-aged Teachers and Xuelan Yang Music Teaching Prize. He was also granted by the Ministry of Culture the prize of Yongxi Ou Excellent Teacher in Arts Education. Other titles he won include Baogang Excellent Teaching Prize, Best Teacher in International Horowitz Youth Piano Competition held in Ukraine, Best Teacher of the Beijing Vocational Schools, Liyuan Huang Best Teacher Prize.
Professor Jin Zhang’s teaching achievements have been widely reported by medium and received extensive acclaim. His name has been included in China’s Contemporary Celebrity and World Famous Artists.