The guzheng, or gu zheng (Chinese: 古筝; pinyin: gǔzhēng) or zheng (筝) (gu- means “ancient”) is a traditional Chinese musical instrument. It belongs to the zither family of string instruments.
The guzheng is the parent instrument of the Japanese koto, the Korean gayageum, and the Vietnamese đàn tranh.
A modern guzheng should not to be confused with the guqin, another ancient Chinese zither but without bridges.
Shirley Wang, the prominent Guzheng musician and artist in Seattle, is a member of the Zheng Association in China. She began learning Guzheng when she was 6 years old. She studied Guzheng with the renowned Guzheng player, Professor Wang Zhou and Zhan Zhou. She was admitted to the China Conservatory of Music, where she continued to refine her guzheng skills. At the same time, she studied at the Chinese Institute of Industrial Relations with a minor in Business Administration.