Philadelphia Orchestra appoints Beijing-based director

Philadelphia Orchestra appoints Beijing-based director


norman lebrecht

October 22, 2019

Press release:

The Philadelphia Orchestra Association is pleased to announce the election of three newly appointed members to its Board of Directors: Bennett Keiser, senior executive vice president of Tioga Pipe, Inc.; Tod MacKenzie, former senior vice president of communications of Aramark; and Bin Zhang, chief executive officer of Chinaepay Financial Service Technology Co., Ltd.

Bin Zhang is chief executive officer of Chinaepay Financial Service Technology Co., Ltd., an e-payment network company based in Beijing since 1999. Previously, he was co-founder of JiTong Telecommunication Tech Co. Ltd. in the telecommunication industry. He has been spearheading business in the telecommunication and financial services industries for the past 28 years, servicing numerous banks with call centers and CRM platforms. Zhang graduated from the National University of Defense Technology with a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1988. He currently resides in Beijing with his wife, Liqun Qian, and their two daughters. His younger daughter, Tina, studies harp with Elizabeth Hainen, principal harp of The Philadelphia Orchestra. The Zhang family have attended Philadelphia Orchestra concerts in Beijing, New York, and Shanghai, as well as Chinese orchestra performances in Philadelphia.



  • Clapping with one hand says:

    Criteria for being a PO board member: 1. Being very rich 2. Attend PO concerts in three major cities. Seems obvious PO is buttering up to this guy because he attended PO concerts. I guess him not clapping after a movement cinched the deal.

    • NYMike says:

      Since govt. support of the arts in the US is lacking for the most part, rich board of directors members are the mainstays of orchestra funding. Philly is still recovering from the ’11 faux bankruptcy.

  • almaviva says:

    “Graduate of the National University of Defense.” That says it all…