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Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 19:30

Rise of the Virtuoso: Classical Music Education in China

Dr. Tamás Ungár

Professor of Music,

Texas Christian University;

Founder and Executive Director,

Piano Texas International Academy & Festival

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Nuowei Dashiguan 1 Sanlitun Dong Yi Jie

Membership desk open 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm lecture and performance


In an article published in April, 2009, The New York Times reported that 39 million students are studying piano in China. The same article singled out the Middle School affiliated with the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music as the most fertile ground for training future young musicians.

Ten years ago we would have been surprised to see an Asian in any of the world's major orchestras; today, Asians, and particularly Chinese, are also sweeping prizes at prestigious international competitions, including the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition—causing quite a stir in the classical music world.

Dr. Tamás Ungár lives and teaches in Fort Worth, Texas. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Piano Texas International Academy & Festival, as well as Artistic Director of the Beijing International Piano Festival, an annual October event that brings some of the world's most important pianists to Beijing for performance and teaching. A frequent visitor to China since 1989, Dr. Ungár is also a regular guest professor at the Middle School affiliated with the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Ungár will talk about music education in China, in particular the area of advanced classical music. As part of the evening's presentation, some of Beijing's finest young pianists will perform.