Professor Bao Yuankai (b. 4 January 1944, Beijing -) is a Chinese composer and music educator. He studied the flute and composition in the affiliated Middle School of Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music from 1957 to 1962 and later graduated from the Conservatory in 1967, majoring in composition and composition theory under the tutorage of Professors Su Xia, Jiang Dingxian, Chen Peixun, Yang Ruhuai and Duan Pingtai.
He took up his first teaching job at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in 1973, and has been a part-time professor in Nankai University, Tianjin Normal University and Nanhua University, Taiwan. He was also appointed as the Guest Academic Professor of Xiamen University.
Notable awards received by Professor Bao include the “Golden Bell” award for composition, “Outstanding Music Educator” awarded by the Chinese Ministry of Culture and being part of the first groupof specialists to receive special funding from the Chinese State Council in recognition of his dedication towards music education and composition.
Bao’s compositions include symphonies, chamber music, cantatas, musicals, movie and television sound tracks, as well as children’s music. Between 1991 and 2001, Rhapsody of China — his magnum opus which included seven chapters of symphonic music based on Chinese traditional themes and motifs — had been performed in 40 countries, across almost all continents. They have also been released by notable record companies such as Deutsche Grammophon, Philips and Hugo Records. These works have enjoyed high appreciation from audiences and have become the most popular pieces of the annual New Year's concerts at the Great Hall of People, and the Wiener Musikverein concert hall.
Since 2001, Bao’s larger works including the Cantata Story of a Heroine, Symphony No. 1 and the Symphonic Suite Sketches of War have been well received by the audience and widely acclaimed by the media for the artistic excellence. His achievements has also been widely reported by the media, including the broadcast media such as CCTV, NPR (USA), print media such as People’s Daily, China Times (Taiwan), Helsinki Daily etc. He had also been featured in the cover stories of various magazines, including the American journal Music in China, Taiwan Symphony Orchestra’s Monthly magazine of Music and Hong Kong’s Today’s Chinese.
Professor Bao had devoted 30 years in the the education of music, nurturing hundreds of students from both sides of the Straits of Taiwan. Some of his students, for example Wu Jiaji, Liu Tong, Wang Xian and Liu Changyuan, have already established their reputations in the field of composition. In recent years, he is devoted in the establishment of an integrated interdisciplinary school of music through the study of both Western and Eastern music and the full development of the student’s potential. He has given lectures in various universities and actively promoting music.
At the invitation of the United States Information Agency (USIA), Professor Bao made an official visit to the United States in 1993. He had traveled widely since then, embarking on academic trips to European Countries in 2001 and making nine trips to Taiwan between 1994 and 2005 as guest professor. Professor Bao had been appointed as an Editorial member of the National Academic Journal Music Research as well as to the panel of judges in the “International Competition for Chinese Composers” held in Taiwan. He is currently the deputy head of the composition committee of the Chinese Musician’s Association and a member of the appraisal board of the “Golden Bell Awards”.
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