CCNU Tiankong Chorus
Founded in 2003, CCNU Tiankong Chorus is headed by its art director and conductor, Professor TIAN Xiaobao.
In 2003, Tiankong Chorus held its first concert in Hubei Theatre, which proved to be a great success. At the invitation of China Chorus Association in 2004, it gave a series of concerts in Beijing, highly-acclaimed by YAN Liangkun, YANG Hongnian and other conducting masters. For years, it has successfully held special concerts at the NCPA (National Centre for the Performing Arts), Beijing Concert Hall and the National Library of China Concert Hall in Beijing, Shanghai Concert Hall, Shenzhen Concert Hall, Qingdao Concert Hall, Ningbo Grand Theatre, Xi'an People’s Theatre, and Wuhan Qintai Grand Theatre and Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall in Hubei Province. In 2009, the chorus gave a special concert at the NCPA August Chorus Festival as the first domestic chorus invited by the sponsor. At the invitation of the ACDA in March 2011, Tiankong Chorus joined its annual meeting, and held a concert at Chicago Symphony Hall and gave an amazing performance. Then, it toured San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Washington. In August 2011, it was invited by the sponsor of Shenzhen World University Games to hold the “Song of Youth” concert at Shenzhen Concert Hall. At the invitation of the organizing committee of the International Horticultural Exposition Xi’an in October 2011, it demonstrated a special concert at “China Xi’an Choral Art Festival”. In October 2012, it held the “Tiankong Modern Choral Works” concert and a concert at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Shanghai Concert Hall respectively during the 5th Shanghai New Music Week. In November 2014, the chorus gave a concert to announce its comeback at the New Tsinghua Auditorium in Beijing. Upon invitation in May 2015, it held a choral concert and a Choral Master Class in Ningbo. In September 2015, it was invited to attend the Bruckner Festival and held a special concert in Linz, Austria. In November 2015, Tiankong Chorus launched a workshop and gave demonstration performance at the 1st IFCM World Choral Expo (Macao). In October 2016, it was invited to attend a range of activities in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and gave a special concert in the hall of the conservatory. Meanwhile, it visited Popov Academy of Choral Art and Belarusian State Academy of Music and held special concerts. In May 2017, it gave a concert at the New Tsinghua Auditorium in Beijing.
Not limited to traditional singing styles, the Tiankong Chorus always makes bold innovations. In particular, it is original in terms of choral sound training, choral acoustics, music performance, aesthetic pursuit and singing of modern choral works. Giving full play to the singing features of a female chorus, it imbues the profound feelings and contents of the works into the pure, sweet, dreamlike and pristine voice, and gives vivid expression to the musical charm.
Tiankong Chorus was honoured with a number of awards, which include first prize of the professional group of the “National College Students' Art Songs Competition” in 2001, two silver awards for unaccompanied female chamber choir and modern chorus at the 3rd Choir Olympics in 2004, the first prize of the professional group of the “National College Students' Art Show” in 2005, the silver prize of the “Chinese Golden Bell Awards for Music” for choral performance in 2007, the silver award for chorus at the 13th CCTV Young Singers Awards Competition and the “May 4th Youth Medal of Hubei” in 2008, the “Jinqian Award” for chorus at the “Colorful Guizhou” Singing Contest in the same year and the first place of the gold award winners of the female voice group at the 10th China (Panyu) Chorus Competition in 2010.
It has recorded a number of CDs titled Night in the Desert, Peerlessly Beautiful Female Chorus – Memory, The Pure and Blessed Voice, Chinese Contemporary Choral Music and Our Fields – The Most Beautiful Children’s Chorus in the 20th Century, etc. The chorus won the “2nd China Golden Disc Award”, “Best Choral Performance Award” and “5th Chinese Excellent Publication Award”.