Events | 2013 spring semester

Chinese Music Enters the Global Music Stage--The 1st Music Festival & Opening Event of the World's First Music Confucius Institute Rounded Off

The world's first Music Confucius Institute (MCI) was inaugurated in 2012 after many years' of friendly collaboration between the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in Beijing and The Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM) in Copenhagen.

Located in the Center of Copenhagen, Music Confucius Institute aims to facilitate musical and cultural exchange and development between China and Denmark. The purpose of the new institute is to create synergy between the classical Western and Chinese music tradition in the present global music arena. MCI will serve as an information hub for anyone who seeks information about the Chinese music tradition and culture.

During the week of 30th of April to the 4th of May 2013 The Royal Danish Academy of Music held a series of activities at the 1st Music Festival & Opening Event and hosted the visit of President Wang Cizhao and a delegation of Chinese Music professors from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

Music Confucius Institute celebrated the Grand Opening Concert on the 2nd of May. On the inauguration of the concert, the two presidents of the two conservatories raised a garland together, announcing the opening of Music Confucius Institute. This special concert presented works from the Western and Chinese music cultures as well as traditional and current tendencies on the global scene. The program presented old traditional Chinese music, newly composed Chinese music for traditional instruments, Western music, Danish music as well as interesting examples of cross-cultural works; China meeting the West and traditional Chinese instruments combined with Western classical instruments. The artistic director of the concert was Professor Gert Mortensen from the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen.
During the days following the opening event concert, Music Confucius Institute at  Royal Danish Academy had held a series of exciting events, including a musicology lecture, "Chinese Traditional Music and Its Contemporary Development", given by President Wang Cizhao from Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, and a series of lectures about Chinese instruments and music history regarding, yangqin, erhu, pipa, dizi, composition, guqin, zheng, chinese percussion music, given respectively by the 7 visiting professors, one visiting lecturer of CCOM and the Chinese director of MCI.

On the 30th of April the Chinese delegation participated in a distance learning session with The Cleveland Institute of Music, USA, where each music professor from CCOM introduced Chinese music composition, Chinese traditional musical instruments and corresponding historical and cultural backgrounds.

During the week a composer workshop took place announcing an international composer competition.  The main goal with the competition is to create a new repertoire combining classical Chinese and classical western instruments in order to investigate and develop new sound scenery in the meeting between the two music cultures. The competition will be addressed to composition students from both conservatories behind MCI, CCOM and RDAM, but will also be open for students from some of our collaborative conservatories in USA and Europe.

The visit of the Chinese delegation was concluded with a Chinese Music Concert held to Danish Chinese music lovers at the beautiful Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerod, Northern Zealand.

MCI offers the following activities:

How colorful is Chinese music? What does Chinese instrument sound like? What is the difference between Chinese music and Western Music?
Be inspired at MCI or at the library at RDAM which now have a section with Chinese books, these questions will often be raised, and will be addressed.

Globalization will give rise to an increasing number of cross-border meetings, inspirations, creativity and collaboration of Chinese and Western musicians. MCI facilitates and creates synergy between Western and Chinese music culture in order to create a joint platform for future music development.

MCI wishes to create a joint platform and promote cultural understanding between Danish and Chinese business people with interest in cultural collaborations. MCI offers concerts including Chinese and Danish musicians to business receptions, dinners, annual board meetings, gala dinners or other company specific events.

More and more Danish and Chinese musicians will be performing in China and Europe. MCI offers advice and practical guidance on how to collaborate with Chinese or European musicians, cultural differences, practical advice and general information prior to your concerts in China or Europe. In addition, MCI will hold public-interest performances aiming to promote Chinese music culture in Denmark and Europe.

Do you teach Chinese or music? MCI aims to use music as an inspirational source to teach language. MCI's visiting teachers will collaborate with Danish high schools, introducing Chinese music and culture, inspiring the interests of learners. We will also open different courses of Chinese music and language, both internal and external.

MCI will actively carry out its work with the full support by RDAM and CCOM, supporting the development strategy and various China-Denmark cultural collaboration activities by offering concerts during local events and festivals, contributing to the development, business development and tourism in China and Denmark.

Royal Danish Academy of Music, Music Confucius Institute has been invited to perform during the official dinner in The Danish Parliament (Christiansborg) in honor of His Excellency Mr. Yu Zhengshengs chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Vice Chairpersons of the 12th National Committee as well as 299 Standing Committee members visit to Copenhagen. The performance includes MCI Kong Fuzi Master Drummers, flute quartet and viola solo from the Royal Danish Academy of Music presenting music from East and West; Mozart, Chinese Folk Melodies etc.

The Royal House has invited the Music Confucius Institute at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen to arrange the yearly summer concert at their Summer Castle, Chateau de Caix. On the occasion, the Royal Danish Academy of Music and The Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing will participate with some of their most talented professors and students in the concert in South of France at the end of August, presenting Danish, Chinese and French Music and an exciting program which reflects global tendencies on the international music arena.


Office of Music Confucius Institute , CCOM , 2013-06-05

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