Zhan grew up in a single parent family, and began playing the piano at the age of 3. At a young age, Zhan's sister died. As a tribute to her, he wrote a song entitled "Disappear." He studied classical music at the National Taiwan University of Arts, graduating in 2006.
Zhan starred in Jay Chou's recent movie "Secret" as Howe, who is also known by his peers as the "Prince of Piano" due to his finesse with the instrument. He also goes on many music tours with Chou for live "piano battles".