On Monday night past, I was in the overflow audience at the Richmond ISB Convention recital by this 21-year young bassist. It was one of those performances where virtually the entire audience erupted in a collective gasp as the last note died away. Then followed a five minute standing ovation and multiple curtain calls... People sat on the edges of their seats for almost the entire performance -- other than Daxun's playing, there was hardly the sound of breathing to be heard in the entire hall, mostly full of professional bassists and serious students. I've seen Meyer in recital, and Karr playing a concerto, and some other fine bassists, but I've never seen anyone play like this young man. He is, as a friend says, the "real meal deal." Miraculous technique, gorgeous tone, abundant musicality, and an exceedingly warm stage personality. He played the Beethoven cello sonata, op. 69; two movie themes he had arranged; a lovely Chinese piece by Yan-Jun Hua (also Zhang's arrangement); and the Carmen Fantasy by Waxman in another of Zhang's own arrangements. Sixty minutes of unbelievable performance, and not a piece in the set that was not a bravura, beyond-the-fingerboard, string-crossing, flying-spiccato killer. I was gobsmacked. This was a performance for the ages, though it will go unnoticed except by fellow bassists. Daxun is releasing a CD today at the convention, and will be touring major cities soon for recitals. If you get a chance, see him! He is truly amazing.