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Chinese conductor Chen Zuohuang was born in 1947 in Shanghai, China. He enrolled at the secondary school affiliated with the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Studying the piano, Chen became fascinated with conducting. Upon graduation in 1981, he went to the United States to pursue advanced studies. Chen received his master’s degree at the Tanglewood Music Center and a PhD in music at the University of Michigan. Chen was China’s first doctor of the musical arts.

Chen has been music director of Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, La Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM, Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra; artistic director of China National Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra; principal conductor of China National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra; and artistic adviser of Guiyang Symphony Orchestra.

Chen has been invited to guest conduct in countries and cities throughout Europe, Asia, North America and South America. His conducting has won high acclaim from musicians and audiences around the world. Music critics praise Chen’s work for its intense artistic charm. In 1996, Chen became the first artistic director and principal conductor of the China National Symphony Orchestra, which sprung up from the former Central Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2007, he has taken up the position of music director at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. He is now the conductor laureate of the Symphony Orchestra of National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

Role: Conductor 
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