Guest Conductor : Yang Li

Professor of Conducting Department at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the art director and the Principal Conductor of Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, and the Chief Conductor of the Children and Young Women‘s Chorus of the China National Symphony Orchestra. Yang Li was born in a musical family and started learning music from early childhood. In 1982, he entered the affiliated high school of the Central Conservatory of Music. Three years later, he began his studies and majored in conducting with Professor Xin Xu at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. During the studies, he also received guidance from Professor Huang Feili, Yan Liangkun, Yang Hongnian. He graduated with a Bachelor of Art Degree in 1990.

During the following two years, Yang Li lectured at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He then went to Germany to continue his study in conducting. From 1992 to 1997, he studied at the “Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart” with Professor T. Ungar and became the first Chinese to win the H. von Karajan Foundation school.

Having cooperated with various orchestras and artists, Yang Li has performed a great number of symphonies, chamber music, operas and choral works both in China and abroad. Among others, he has conducted the following orchestras: Sudwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim Germany, Baden-Badener Orchestra Germany, Sudwestdeutsche Philharmonic Reutlingen Germany, Goyr Philharmonic Hungary, China National Radio Symphony Orchestra, China Film Symphony Orchestra, Kunming Philharmonic, Peking Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Central Conservatory of Music Beijing China, Baotou Singing and Dancing troupe, Chamber Orchestra of Central Conservatory of Music Beijing China, China Beijing Opera House, Hebei Symphony Orchestra, Children and Young Women‘s Chorus of the China National Symphony Orchestra, and the Chorus of the central Conservatory of China.

After Yang Li’s return from Germany in 1998, he conducted a new opera named “The General She Leng” in China. The Ministry of Culture of the Peoples Republic of China awarded the “Wen Hua Prize” to him. Yang Li was invited to give performances at the International Bach Festival in Stuttgart Germany, International Music Festival in Macao, International Artistic Festival in memory of Pushkin’s 200th birthday in Moscow and the First China Modern Music Works Festival in Shanghai. Many of Yang Li’s concerts were reported on in newspapers or relayed live on TV. In recent years, Yang Li has also traveled frequently to Germany, Hungary, Austria, the USA, Russia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Macao and Hong Kong to give performances.

As the conductor of the Children and Young Women‘s Chorus of the China National Symphony Orchestra, he was invited by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) to perform at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York city. More than 13,000 professional conductors and musicians were at the concerts and gave him high praises. The same year he led the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra to attend the 2nd Asian Symphony Festival in Osaka Japan and received many compliment.

In September 2004, Yang Li conducted the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra performing “The Yellow River” in Hong Kong. They cooperated with more than 300 chorus members who came from the Hong Kong Choral Association. Yang Li’s conducting received great acclaim. The concert, was considered a triumph, for the music community, and was made into CDs and DVDs.

In November 2006, Yang Li participated in the "2006 Busan Choral Festival and Competition" with The Choir Young Women’s Choir of the China National Symphony Orchestra in Korea. The group won the Gold prize in the Classical Music Category and the Gold Prize in Ethnic Category and Yang Li was the only conductor to win the for award for “Best Conductor”.

In July 2007, Yang Li has led MYO Symphony Orchestra to perform the program “Peter and the Wolf” in the “International Children Theatre Festival” of Shanghai and received the “Excellent Production Award”.