Cellist Fan Zeng holds a Bachelors of Music degree from East China Normal University (Shanghai, China), a Master of Music in Cello Performance, and a Performance Certificate, from the University of Central Arkansas, and will soon hold a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of South Carolina, where she studied cello performance and pedagogy with Dr. Robert Jesselson. Currently, Fan is working on her dissertation: "A Practical Practice Guide of Mingzhi Chen’s Music for Cello and Piano."
As a chamber player, Fan was the cellist of the Graduate String Quartet at the University of South Carolina (UofSC). During her time with the Graduate Quartet, she studied under Dr. Ari Streisfeld, the founder and former first violinist in the JACK Quartet, and Dr. William Terwilliger, the violinist for the duet Opus Two. As a member of the Graduate Quartet, Fan was involved with at least one recital per semester in addition to frequent community outreach performances. The group's repertoire ranges from the classical standards to lesser-known contemporary pieces. Outside of the UofSC chamber groups, Fan also participated in the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, where she was the first cellist for a group of musicians from the Cincinnati Conservatory and Cleveland Institute of Music in a performance of the Schubert Cello Quintet. It was at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival where Fan Zeng and Gyusun Han founded Duo 802, a violin and cello duet. As a founding member of Duo 802 Fan Zeng and violinist Gyusun Han have been collaborating for several years and found themselves performing together in multiple cities across the U.S. In 2019, Fan also worked with Dr. Ronald McCurdy, the Trumpet Professor from the University of Southern California, presenting Harlem South: A View Through the Lens.
Fan has performed with several professional orchestras, including the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic, South Florida Symphony Orchestra, and, most recently, the Dayton Philharmonic. She has also served as principal or associate principal cellist for several university orchestras, including the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra and University of Central Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
Fan is just as passionate about education as she is about her performances. As an undergraduate student in Shanghai, Fan started her private cello studio comprised of students from all over the world. While studying for her Masters at the University of Central Arkansas she continued to teach private lessons to aspiring cellists at the university's Community School. After starting her Doctoral program at the UofSC, Fan began teaching private lessons to students learning cello as a secondary instrument as well as various students from the university's community music school. Fan has always enjoyed teaching undergraduate students and is passionate about helping students refine their technique while finding their voices in the music community.