PING CHANG (b 1972 )
Professor Chang Ping graduated with a Doctoral Degree from the composition department of the Central Conservatory of Music. In 2008, Chang Ping was sent by the Ministry of Education to the Berlin University of the Arts as a visiting scholar for further studies. He currently teaches at the composition department of Central Conservatory of Music.
Chang Ping’s works feature a large variety of musical forms, including opera, symphony, nationalities orchestra, concerto, ballet, chamber music and solo works among others. A prolific composer, Chang Ping has had his works performed frequently both internationally and domestically, winning numerous prizes as well as garnering worldwide critical acclaim. Concerto for Orchestra (Orchestral Works for Chinese Instruments) won First Prize of the Wenhua Award for Music Composition in the 12th National Music Production Competition, making him the youngest recipient of this prize. His symphonic work Genesis won the Grand Prize of the same category in the 16th National Music Production Competition a few years later. It was premiered by one of the top symphony orchestras in Russia, the Saratov State Symphony Orchestra. The following composition, Oriental Wash Painting – Orchestra Suite of Four Concertos, a large-scale orchestral work, was composed for the four most representative traditional Chinese instruments—The Noble Fragrance for erhu and orchestra, The Wind Washed Clouds for Chinese zither and orchestra, The Movement of Washing Painting for pipa and orchestra and Blue Lotus for Chinese bamboo flute and orchestra.
In 2015, the China National Symphony Orchestra hosted and performed a concert featuring Chang Ping’s symphonic works at the National Centre for the Performing Arts. His original three act opera My Mother is Called Taihang, commissioned by the China National Opera House, was performed at the Beijing Century Theater in the same year. In 2018, his symphonic work Singularity was premiered at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Chang Ping has been funded by the Central Conservatory of Music for his outstanding academic achievements and has published The Analysis on Selected Orchestral Works in the 20th Century. He is a candidate of the New Century Excellent Talents Supporting Program of the Ministry of Education.