ZHANG Jingye is an excellent young Chinese violinist, chamber music performer, teacher of the Central Conservation of Music, guest teacher of Queen's College, Chief of the EOS Orchestra and Director of the NCPA and Beijing Modern Music Festival. He has won awards at the "Chinese Golden Bell Awards for Music" in the violin group and the "Postacchini" International Violin Competition in Italy. He is also an outstanding musician in the fields of chamber music and band performance.
ZHANG Jingye learned from WANG Guan, LI Xiangyang, LIN Chaoyang and LIN Yaoji, and received guidance and favour from many honoured and famous masters including Stern, Zukerman and the Amadeus Quartet. As the most promising young performing talent in China, he was included in the famous Oscar-winning documentary From MAO to Mozart produced by and starring violin master Isaac Stern.
Associate Principal of Second Violin, China NCPA Orchestra
YANG Rui was admitted to Primary School of Central Conservatory of Music Middle School with excellent scores in 1998, then was enrolled to the Middle School of Central Conservatory of Music in 2000, studying with Professor XU Lü, a Chinese violin educator. She used to study in China Teen Symphony Orchestra and China Teen Chamber Orchestra, and performed with the orchestras internationally and domestically. She was in master class of Hochschule des Saarlandes fur Musik, taught and appraised by Violin Master Ponj Ulrike Dierichr.
She was admitted to Central Conservatory of Music in 2006, and obtained WU Fengzhou Scholarship for two years in a row. She participated in China Youth Symphony Orchestra and the orchestra by EOS Orchestra Academy. In 2007, she was invited to Guangdong International Music Summer Camp, and performed with maestro Charles Dutoit. She had been invited to perform the winner tracks out of the CON TEMPO Chamber Music Composing Competition by China Youth Composers. She attended the special concert for composer SUO Wenchen‘s work and participated his album recording in 2009. In the same year, she participated the recording of LI Dingyi's works, including Blue Mask Play and People of Lesser Khingan Range in E'erduolunchun, published by China People’s Publishing House. She played solo and ensemble at Beijing Modern International Music Festival and International Electronic Music Festival many times during her college time.
She was admitted to Viola Major of Sichuan Conservatory of Music in 2000, studying with Professor LIU Dun. She continued her study in Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe with Germany academic scholarship after graduation, studying with Professor Johannes Luethy, Chief of Viola of Southern Radio Symphony Orchestra. During her further study in Germany, she received directions on solo and ensemble from Tabea Zimmerman, Wolfram Christ, Barbara Westphal and other masters. She had won the first prize in Ensemble Competition in Colleges and Universities, and the second prize in Viola Solo Competition in the State of Baden, Germany. After acquiring her master’s degree, she passed the test for viola recitalist degree with full score, and then joined the renowned Munich Bavarian State Opera.
Artist Instructor of NCPA Octet
Chu Yi-Bing is a professor of Orchestral Instruments Department of Central Conservatory of Music, director of Cello Teaching and Research Office, member of Chinese Musicians' Association, vice president of Chamber Music Society, guest principal cellist of China NCPA Orchestra, guest soloist of Chinese National Orchestra, and an award winner at the 1986 Geneva Concours International d’Exécution Musicale.
He began to learn cello from his father Professor ZHU Yongning at the age of eight and his first solo record was released at the age of 13. At the age of 17, he was admitted by Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris and became the last disciple of French master Maurice Gendron and graduated with the Premier Prix, being the first one to win this honour at the highest European music schools since the founding of New China. He served as the principle cellist for Sinfonieorchester Basel (Symphony Orchestra Basel) - one of Europe's traditional large symphony orchestras - for 15 years. He was also a guest principle cellist of the prestigious Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra at the meantime. He studied conducting at the City of Basel Music Academy and conducted for German Munich, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Zurich and Prague and other symphony orchestras.
Chu Yi-Bing Cello Ensemble has performed for state leaders of China and countries around the world, toured in India, the Netherlands, Germany and the United States, and given public performances for more than 500 social authorities and colleges in dozens of cities in China. His published three albums include cello octet The Dream Journey, cello quartet Ave Maria, and The Bicentenary of Richard Wagner in honour of Wagner's 200th birthday. In February, 2016, Chu Yi-Bing launched "Super Cello", the first full-day classic music festival in China.
In addition, he is also the cello performer for theme songs of some films such as Hawthorn Tree Forever, The Flowers of War, and Coming Home and many TV series.
LIU Yimei was awarded the 4th Prize and Special Prize in the 4th World Double Bass Music Festival and International Double Bass Competition in Wroclaw, Poland in August, 2010. He won the 1st Prize in the 1st China Double Bass Work Competition held by Chinese Musicians Association and China Contrabass Association in November, 2010. He participated in the recording of Charm of Double Bass, the first Chinese double bass album in 2011. He was the winner of Golden Award for Youth Group in 1st Hong Kong String Music Competition, Best Virtuoso Work Performance Award in Sperger Double Bass Competition, as well as Best Performance Award for Modern Works, Special Award for Judge President, and Pirastro Subsidize Award.
Mr. LIU was admitted to Middle School of China Conservatory of Music in 2003, then to China Conservatory of Music in 2008 with the highest score in Orchestral Instrument Department. He has received directions from many internationally well-known double bass masters such as Jeff Bradetich (former Executive Director of the International Society of Bassists), Peter Buckoke (Professor at Royal Academy of Music, UK), Duncan McTier (Professor at Royal Academy of Music, UK), Joel Quarrington (Canadian double bass recitalist, principal double bass of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Professor at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto), and Daniel Mariller (principal double bass and recitalist at Symphony Orchestra of Opera National de Paris).
Associate Principal of Flute, China NCPA Orchestra
She is a young flute player residing in Germany, and was admitted to Middle School of Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2002 with her excellent scores, studying with Professor PIAO Meixiang. She has also gained directions and high appraisal from Professor HAN Guoliang and Teacher NI Yizhen. In 2007, she entered Hamburg Hochschule fur Musik und Theater for her Bachelor's degree, studying with Professor Moshe Aron Epstein. During the higher education, she had shown her extremely excellent talent for music and flute performance. She obtained the first Ebel scholarship, "excellent performance scholarship" for many times, and twice Ritter scholarship. She held a graduation recital in 2011 in Hamburg, Germany, and entered in June of the same year the postgraduate school of Hamburg Hochschule fur Musik, studying with Professor Hans-Udo Heinzmann. During her postgraduate study, she joined her mentor for many on-campus and off-campus flute concerts and master classes. She graduated in June 2013, and started her Doctor's degree of recitalist in Hamburg Hochschule fur Musik Und Theater being the only qualified candidate with full score. She used to study with many flute masters, including Professor András Adorján, Professor Renate Greiss-Armin, and Professor Mikael Helasvuo, etc. Professor András Adorján, chairman of Flutist Association in Germany, acclaimed her as "to produce touching sound, to have undisputable exquisite technique and high expression with music, and to show the extremely high talent in playing flute".
Associate Principal of Clarinet, China NCPA Orchestra
He won the first prize and China Work Award of China National Woodwind Instrument Competition, second prize in Professional Youth Group of 3rd Clarinet Competition, and third prize of National Woodwind Instrument Ensemble Competition. He was recommended for admission to Central Conservatory of Music for postgraduate study in 2006. Since 2010, he has joined China NCPA Orchestra, and toured with the Orchestra to many countries and regions including the USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Australia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, etc. His collaboration with Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev and other world class conductors have been widely recognized and praised.
Piano Accompanist of the China NCPA Chorus
SUI Borui has studied piano since the age of five, and has won awards in many domestic piano competitions. She entered the Piano Department of the Joseph Haydn Conservatory and was admitted to the Piano Department of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in 2005, becoming the only Chinese to enter its Piano Department this year, and respectively earning her Bachelor's and Master's degrees with distinction for piano performance. She has played piano solos and chamber music works in Vienna's Musikverein and the Glass Hall of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde of Vienna many times, and played the piano concertos of Mozart and Grieg with the Berlin Philarmonia. She is now a piano accompanist of the China NCPA Chorus, and served as the piano accompanist in operas produced by NCPA, including La Gioconda, Carmen, Tannhauser, Rusalka and The Long March, as well as several choral concerts.