Hurun Report recognizes YSM with New York-China Award

YSM Dean Robert Blocker

In January, YSM Dean Robert Blocker accepted an award, on behalf of the School of Music, from the Hurun Report. The Shanghai-based media company presented New York-China Awards “recognizing outstanding contributions to the New York-China relationship.” The Yale School of Music was acknowledged “for services to music education.”

Among the other award recipients at a Jan. 23 dinner at the Harvard Club of New York City were Carnegie Hall Executive and Artistic Director Clive Gillinson and Steinway & Sons.


Published February 7, 2019
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Central Conservatory of Music President Yu Feng visits Yale

Left to right: LIU Hongzhu, director of CCoM’s office of international affairs; CCoM President YU Feng; YSM Dean Robert Blocker; YU Hongmei, professor of erhu and director of CCoM’s department of traditional Chinese music; and YU Feng’s son YU Ji, a postgraduate conducting student at CCoM

YU Feng, the president of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, paid a visit to Yale University this week as part of a trip to American schools with which his has institutional partnerships. The Yale School of Music has had a relationship with CCoM since the mid-1990s, when WANG Cizhao, whose daughter, composer Fay Wang, earned a master of music degree and an artist diploma from YSM in 2010 and 2012, respectively, was the conservatory’s president. YU, who leads CCoM’s conducting department, became the conservatory’s president in February 2016.

YU Feng was accompanied on his visit to Yale by his son, YU Ji, a postgraduate conducting student at CCoM; YU Hongmei, professor of erhu and director of CCoM’s department of traditional Chinese music; and LIU Hongzhu, the director of CCoM’s office of international affairs. MORE

Published June 23, 2017
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Panel on “The Musical Impulse” helps open new Yale Center Beijing


Maestro Yu Long

Yale University will inaugurate the Yale Center Beijing with a major conference on October 27 and 28, 2014. The conference features conversations on important societal issues in China, the United States, and the world.

The center will be a venue for ongoing conversations on these and other critical topics, and the School of Music is planning activities for the spring of 2015.

For the opening conference, the School of Music has convened a panel on “The Musical Impulse: Unlocking Creativity for the Individual, the Culture, and the Economy.” The discussion will be moderated by Robert Blocker, Dean of the School. The panelists are:

Madame Gao Jianjin, President of the Institute of Music Education at the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China); MORE

Published October 24, 2014
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Lecture: The Art Song Compositions of Huang Tzu, Sep. 11


The Irving S. Gilmore Music Library and the Yale School of Music are honored to welcome Professor Lin Zai Hong, Head of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and Professor Qian Ren Ping, Professor of Music Theory, along with their colleagues, to the Yale campus September 10–12, 2014.

The highlight of the visit will be a lecture presented by Professor Qian on “The Art Song Compositions of Huang Tzu” and will include performances of some of his art songs. A reception in the SML Memorabilia Room will follow. The lecture takes place Thursday, September 11 at 10 am in the Sterling Memorial Library’s lecture hall. MORE

Published August 29, 2014
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Dean Blocker among Central Conservatory honorees in Beijing

Dean Blocker accepts his award from Wang Cizhao, the president of the Central Conservatory of Music.

Last fall, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China honored Dean Robert Blocker at a ceremony celebrating the 70th anniversary of its founding. On November 1 the Conservatory held a ceremony with hundreds of alumni and guests, including composer Tan Dun, pianist Lang Lang, and the heads of numerous Chinese universities, conservatories, orchestras, and opera companies.

The Yale School of Music enjoys a close collaboration with the Central Conservatory (CCOM). Over the years, several students have come to Yale from CCOM, and in 2008, CCOM and the Yale School of Music jointly hosted Musicathlon: the Conservatory Music Festival, presenting performances and master classes with musicians from eleven conservatories across the globe. The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale performed at Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, and the ensemble joined with the CCOM orchestra and chorus in a performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony.

In the November ceremony, Dean Robert Blocker was honored with a Certificate of Honorary Academician. The distinction was also given to Yu Long, the artistic director of the China Philharmonic Orchestra. Other awards included the Excellent Artistic Achievements Award, given to pianist Lang Lang.

The ceremony concluded with a performance of the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, performed by the China Youth Symphony Orchestra of CCOM and Youth Chorus of CCOM. Lin Tao conducted.

Published February 15, 2011
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