CCOM Delegation Visits Geneva Haute ecole de Musique and Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Hamburg, Signs Cooperation and Exchange Agreements

In order to strengthen the friendship, promote mutual understanding, and further develop teaching and academic exchange between the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and other international famous music conservatories, President of CCOM Wang Cizhao, invited by Geneva Haute ecole de Musique (HEM) and Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Hamburg (HFMT), led a 6-person CCOM delegation to visit Switzerland and Germany and signed cooperation and exchange agreements with two conservatories respectively.

Geneva Haute ecole de Musique in Switzerland and Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Hamburg in Germany both are international well-known music conservatories. They both have long histories and traditions. President Wang and the delegation first visited HEM. They held a meeting with the Director of HEM Philippe Dinkel and other heads and professors of school first. Then, accompanied by the Deputy Director Xavier Bouvie, the delegation visited teaching facilities and sat in the Master Classes of famous cellist Gary Hoffman and other professors. Deputy Director Xavier Bouvie introduced the history of HEM, and showed the manuscripts of Liszt's teaching notes for his teaching class in this school and Glazunov's Violin Concerto music score to the delegation members. Mr. Bouvie also reviewed the special friendship between HEM and China. Especially, he mentioned once a student who studied in HEM established the first women's normal school of music in Beijing.

On the afternoon of April 26th, the Signing Ceremony of Cooperation Agreement between Geneva Haute ecole de Musique and the Central Conservatory of Music was held solemnly in the old Salle de la Bourse, Geneva famous and historic significance building. President Wang Cizhao, on behalf of CCOM, and Director Philippe Dinkel, on behalf of HEM, signed the Cooperation Agreement. Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Chinese Ambassador in Geneva, Mr. Pierre Francois Unger, Chairman of Geneva State Council, Ms. Zhao Xiurong, Director of Confucius Institute Office in University of Geneva, and other representatives of overseas Chinese and students studying abroad attended the ceremony. The well-known Chinese pianist Zhao Meidi performed music compositions of Liszt, Wu Zuqiang, Du Mingxin, and other composers for the guests at the ceremony. 
On the morning of April 28th, the delegation left Geneva and went to Germany. They visited Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Hamburg. The President of HFMT Elmar Lampson greeted CCOM delegation at the gate. HFMT hung a Chinese banner at the entrance of building to welcome the guests from China. The President of HFMT Lampson and the President of CCOM Wang had a meeting first. After the meeting, President Lampson took CCOM Delegation on a grand tour of Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Hamburg. Then, they attended the concert which dedicated to welcome President Wang and Delegation held in Mendelssohn Hall. The excellent students of HFMT presented rich and high level program for the guests. The Delegation also attended organ Professor Wolfgang Zerer's recital. They heard some organ works by Bach, Messiaen and other composers and were impressed by the wonderful performance of musicians. 
On the afternoon of April 28th, Dr. Dorothee Stapelfeldt, Deputy Mayor of Hamburg, met with President Wang Cizhao and CCOM delegation, and the leaders of HFMT in the City Hall. Conducted and witnessed by Dr. Stapelfeldt, President Wang and President Lampson signed Cooperation and Exchange Agreement and Project Agreement between two schools. After the signing ceremony, the Mayor took a group photo with all the participants. CCOM Delegation was also taken on a grand tour of City Hall and central area of Hamburg "along the footprints of Brahms and Tchaikovsky." 
The CCOM Delegation's visit in Switzerland and Germany strengthened the relationship between CCOM and well-known European music conservatories. The senior leaders of involved music conservatories discussed and implemented specific cooperative projects, and achieved fruitful results. More to the point, these projects gained the attention and support from the state and city governments that conservatories located. The outcome of this visit to Europe has important significance to developing international music exchange and cooperation at CCOM in the future.

 

International Affairs Office/translation:Xiaoxi , CCOM , 2013-05-15


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