Beijing Conservatory Conductor to Lead IUP Bands

Posted on 4/26/2013 8:43:30 AM

Dai Zhonghui The IUP Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band will present their final performance of the academic year on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of the IUP Performing Arts Center. A highlight of the program will be the guest conducting appearance of Dai Zhonghui of the Beijing Conservatory.

Dai Zhonghui has held the position of principal trumpet for the National Symphony Orchestra of China for the past eight years. With this orchestra, he has played in Germany, England, Austria, South America, Japan, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan and more than 20 cities in mainland China. He joined the faculty of the Central Conservatory of Music in 2002 and was the trumpet professor, head of brass, and the founder and director of the Central Conservatory Brass Ensemble. He was also the conductor of the Central Conservatory of Music Symphonic Winds Orchestra. Dai Zhonghui is nationally acclaimed as a performer and brass instructor.

As principal trumpet for the National Symphony Orchestra of China, Dai Zhonghui has made five compact disc recordings with Philips Recording Company. As a soloist, he has appeared with several orchestras in the U.S.A. and China. He is also frequently invited to perform as a soloist for studio recordings for movies, television, and commercial work in Beijing.

As an educator, he has made two albums and two sets of video recordings for educational purposes with three top recording companies in China. His students have won positions with major orchestras in China and Europe, and some of them are scholarship winners at music schools in the U.S.A., Europe, and Russia.

Dai Zhonghui received his Master of Fine Arts in music from the International University in San Diego and studied seven years at the University of Southern California School of Music. In 1990–1991, he was awarded a trumpet fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. His teachers include Thomas Stevens, Charles Schlueter, Susan Slaughter, and Rob Roy McGregor.

He serves as vice president of the Chinese Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles and is a member of the International Trumpet Guild Board of Directors.

The concert will include music of Chinese band composers, as well as classic works by Morton Gould, Fisher Tull, and Percy Grainger. Two works of Jack Stamp will also be featured, including the consortium premiere of his “Divertimento for Trombone and Band” with IUP Professor Christian Dickinson as soloist.

General admission ticket prices are $9 regular, $8 discount (groups of 15 or more and senior citizens), and $6 for children and students. Tickets are available in advance at the Hadley Union Building and will also be sold starting one hour before the performance.

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