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Season Highlights Include:

The Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra presents nine concerts under resident conductor Ken Lam, in collaboration with guest artists Jian Wang, Xianghua Ma, and Shao-Chia Lü

The Tianjin Juilliard Ensemble showcases a series of eight concerts, including a concert at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music commemorating composer Chou Wen-Chung; the QingXin Ensemble, Tianjin Juilliard's affiliated ensemble, performs Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires; faculty from both Juilliard campuses, in Tianjin and New York, collaborate in a joint concert to celebrate the Lunar New Year

2024 Festival Connect features works by French composer Olivier Messiaen, and his students, William Bolcom and Qigang Chen

The Shanghai Quartet presents a special 40th anniversary concert; Juilliard New York faculty and visiting artists from across the world bring masterclasses and performances to Tianjin Juilliard

Pre-College provides conservatory-style music education to talented students age 8 to 18;

Public Education brings Juilliard's renowned music education to the public in China through a variety of programs offered to music learners of all ages;

Continuing Education offers a wide range of programs for professionals, emerging musicians, and music teachers

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Selected performances will be livestreamed on Tianjin Juilliard's website and social media channels

Tianjin Juilliard's landmark campus and Juilliard Imagination public opening

I am happy to announce the 2023-24 Season of more than 100 music performances and educational events by faculty and students as well as guest artists at Tianjin Juilliard and further afield. As the only global branch campus of The Juilliard School, Tianjin Juilliard builds on Juilliard's rich history developing the next generation of artists. The planning of the performance season at Tianjin Juilliard focuses on the value of learning for the students and the educational experience for the audiences. Through high caliber performances, productions and community outreach programs, Tianjin Juilliard continues to serve as a catalyst shaping the arts in the region and beyond.

We look forward to welcoming the public to visit our beautiful campus and enjoy our concerts. We will continue to engage our community-at-large through outreach events, festivals and outdoors concerts.

Wei He

CEO and Artistic Director of The Tianjin Juilliard School
  • Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra

Wei He: "Our resident conductor and director of orchestral studies, Ken Lam, works closely with studio faculty to address the needs of the students, and to develop their orchestral playing skills. Many of our studio faculty have extensive performance backgrounds with major international ensembles and orchestras. By involving studio faculty in the planning and programming of the orchestra season, we have successfully developed an orchestral culture at Tianjin Juilliard since the school's establishment."

We have an exciting season ahead with repertoire ranging from such 'warhorses' as Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 "Eroica", Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz, and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, to works by Bernstein, Tomasi, Messiaen and Lutosławski. Joining the Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra as guest artists are acclaimed cellist Jian Wang (Elgar Cello Concerto in E Minor), erhu virtuoso Xianghua Ma (Qigang Chen's Reflet d'un temps disparu) and guest conductor Shao-Chia Lü. I am thrilled to welcome a new class of Instrumental and Orchestral Studies majors to Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra and look forward to working with them and continuing the growth of our orchestra and program.

Ken Lam

Director of Orchestral Studies of The Tianjin Juilliard School
  • Tianjin Juilliard Ensemble

Wei He: "The side-by-side performance practice is at the heart of the collaborative training at Tianjin Juilliard. Students actively participate in the creative process of communicating and decision making with faculty. They are expected to lead, to question, and sometimes to challenge the musical ideas of their teachers."

As the flagship faculty ensemble of the School, the Tianjin Juilliard Ensemble (TJE) kicked off its inaugural season in 2019 with performance tours in China and Asia in addition to regular concert series in Tianjin.

Many TJE concerts this year will showcase graduate students joining their teachers in various chamber music ensembles. Other highlights of TJE season this year include a Chou Wen-chung Centennial Commemorative Concert at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in November. Tianjin Juilliard Ensemble brings back the QingXin Ensemble in a unique collaboration featuring Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Members of TJE will also travel to New York to perform in a joint recital with Juilliard faculty celebrating the Chinese New Year in February 2024.

2023-24 Performance Season 2
  • Festival Connect

Wei He: "The annual Festival Connect continues to explore tradition and innovation through chamber music and orchestral performances by students and faculty as well as guest artists. It reflects Tianjin Juilliard's vision of bridging cultures through music."

This year's Festival Connect will feature chamber music and orchestral works by master French composer, Olivier Messiaen as well as two celebrated composers of our time who studied with Messiaen: William Bolcom and Qigang Chen. French soprano Norah Amsellem will join the Tianjin Juilliard Ensemble at the opening concert of Festival Connect, while erhu virtuoso Xianghua Ma will join the Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra in the closing concert.

  • One School, Two Campuses

Juilliard New York has been a pillar of standard that we have relied on to keep us aligned with the core Juilliard values, while also striving to pursue innovation in musical arts. At Tianjin Juilliard, when we continue to look to Juilliard as the beacon of excellence and bastion of tradition, we are reminded of our responsibility to impart these core values onto the next generation. We look forward to seeing that transcend across the global stage this upcoming performance season with visiting faculty from New York and other guest artists.

Katherine Chu

Dean of The Tianjin Juilliard School

This year, visiting faculty from Juilliard New York, Charles Neidich (clarinet), Elaine Douvas (oboe), and William Short (bassoon) will be giving performances, masterclasses and workshops at Tianjin Juilliard. Tianjin Juilliard faculty will also appear alongside their colleagues in New York, in keeping with the spirit of 'One School, Two Campuses.'

  • Shanghai Quartet

Tianjin Juilliard’s resident faculty quartet, the Shanghai Quartet, will continue its 40th anniversary season with a new recording released under Decca Gold, featuring music of Dvořák, Penderecki, Zhou Long and Barber. It will be the first commercial album recorded in the acoustically stunning Concert Hall of The Tianjin Juilliard School.  

Season highlights include performance tours and residencies in both China and The United States. The Quartet will also give the Chinese premiere of John Adams' Absolute Jest - Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Members of Shanghai Quartet will also collaborate with faculty colleagues and students throughout the performance season. Lastly, Tianjin Juilliard will present a special concert by the Shanghai Quartet in spring 2024 as part of its 40th anniversary celebration.

  • QingXin Ensemble

Wei He: "Founded in 2021, under the guidance of Tianjin Juilliard, the QingXin Ensemble (QXE) is primarily comprised of outstanding alumni from both Tianjin and New York Juilliard campuses. In two years, QXE has become a new force in Tianjin Juilliard’s performance activities and community outreach events. We have been constantly inspired by these young artists’ dedication to music and their adventurous spirit. In the upcoming season, QXE will be deeply involved in institutional artistic activities, and contribute to Tianjin Juilliard’s public education programs."

This upcoming season, QXE will make its first appearance at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing, collaborating with musicians from the NCPA orchestra and conductor Jiajing Lai.

  • Guest Artists

Guest artists from other performing arts institutions will visit Tianjin Juilliard this year and include: Bing Wang, assistant concertmaster of Los Angeles Philharmonic; Amos Yang, assistant principal cello of San Francisco Symphony; Kangho Lee, dean and cello professor, Yerin Lee, vice-dean and flute professor of Korean National University of Arts; Mi-kyung Lee, violin professor of Hochschule für Musik und Theater München; Sam Armstrong, trombonist of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Christian Lindberg, solo trombonist and conductor; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center led by co artistic directors cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han will have two-day residency at Tianjin Juilliard with performance and master class for students from Graduate Studies and Pre-College programs; The multiple award winning Simply Quartet will give its Tianjin Juilliard debut in November. The first graduate quartet of Tianjin Juilliard, MILA Quartet will embark on a journey of Bartók by presenting all six Bartók string quartets in two lecture concerts.

  • Pre-College

An integral part of the selective programs at The Tianjin Juilliard School, Pre-College welcomed its first cohort of students in the fall of 2019, offering a comprehensive conservatory-style music program, on Saturdays from September to May, to advanced students ages 8 to 18 who exhibit the talent, potential, and ambition to pursue serious music study at the college level.  

The Pre-College typically hosts two annual ensemble concerts (including Wind Ensemble, High School Strings Ensemble, and Youth Strings Ensemble, and Choruses). Throughout the semester, there will also be various studio recitals and student recitals. On any given Saturday, there will be Works in Progress concerts aimed to provide a platform for students to test out the pieces they are working on; and Student Artist Series concerts where students present their polished performances. The Chamber Music Intensive program typically hosts a concert at the end of the year, while chamber music concerts for all other students take place towards the end of each semester. The academic year is also interspersed with various guest master classes. To kick off this year, Pre-College will present an outdoor concert on the West Plaza stage for the Tianjin public audiences.

2023-24 Performance Season 3
  • Public and Continuing Education

As part of Tianjin Juilliard’s mission to make quality music education accessible to all people, Public Education acts as a bridge connecting Tianjin Juilliard's music education to the public in China. In the fall 2023 semester, Public Education launches its Sundays at TJS program which provides local students with high quality lessons with instrumental, choral, and music literacy classes. Students ages 6-10 across China and beyond connect with Tianjin Juilliard  through its online course Music Discovery, with an expanded curriculum covering music theory, literacy, and history. 

Continuing Education offers valuable training opportunities for professional music performers and teachers. The program will feature various workshops during fall semester, including the Vocal Institute for professional singers and Building Core Competencies for public school music teachers.

Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra 2023-24 Season

2023/9/24, 15:00, Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall

Ken Lam, Conductor

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus

FRANZ LISZT Les Préludes, S. 97



2023/10/22, 15:00 Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall 

Ken Lam, Conductor 

FELIX MENDELSSOHN Selections from A Midsummer Night' s Dream, Op. 21 

HECTOR BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 


2023/11/12, 15:00, Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall 

Ken Lam, Conductor 

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, "From the New World", Op. 95 

MAURICE RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2 



2023/12/10, 15:00, Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall 

Ken Lam, Conductor | Lee Allen, Conductor 

WITOLD LUTOSŁAWSKI Symphonic Variations 

HENRI TOMASI Fanfares Liturgiques (1947) 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, "Eroica" 


2024/2/4, 15:00, Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall 

"Festival Connect" Closing Concert 

Ken Lam, Conductor | Xianghua Ma, Erhu 

QIGANG CHEN Reflet d' un temps disparu (1996) 



2024/3/3, 15:00, Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall 

Ken Lam, Conductor | Jian Wang, Cello 

EDWARD ELGAR Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 

JEAN SIBELIUS Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39 


2024/3/24, 15:00, Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall 

Shao-Chia Lü, Conductor 

RICHARD STRAUSS Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24 

JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98 


2024/4/14,15:00, Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall 

Ken Lam, Conductor 


TBD (Concerto Competition Winner) 

LEONARD BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (1960) 


2024/5/5, 15:00, Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall 

Ken Lam, Conductor 

TBD (Concerto Competition Winner) 

BENJAMIN BRITTEN The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34 (1945) 

OTTORINO RESPIGHI Pines of Rome, P 141 

Tianjin Juilliard Ensemble 2023-24 Season

2023/10/27, 19:30, Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall 

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Sonata in D Major for Four Hands, KV 381 

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Piano Quintet in C Minor 

FELIX MENDELSSOHN String Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 


2023/11/3, 19:30, Xinghai Conservatory of Music Concert Hall | Symphony Hall 

Chou Wen-chung Centennial Commemorative Concert 

CHOU WEN-CHUNG Yu Ko (1965) 

SHEN YE Five Folk Songs, Op.9,No.3, No.5 (2011) 

CHOU WEN-CHUNG Twilight Colors (2007) 

YAO CHEN Sotto Voce (2006) 

CHOU WEN-CHUNG In the Mode of Shang (1957) 

XIAOYONG Evapora (1996) 

LEI LIANG Aural Hypothesis (2010) 

ZHOU LONG Tales from the Nine Bells (2014) 

JIA GUOPING Ripples in Spacetime ll (2017) 


2023/11/17, 19:30, Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall 

AARON COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man (1942) 

FRANCIS POULENC Sextet for Piano and Winds, FP 100 

CHANGJUN XU Three Folk Songs for Wind Quintet 

OSKAR BÖHME Sextet for Brass in E-flat Minor, Op. 30 

RICHARD STRAUSS Serenade in E-flat Major for 13 Wind Instruments, Op. 7 

TIMOTHY HIGGINS Concert Music for Brass, Timpani and Percussion (2022) 


2024/1/26, 19:30, Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall 

"Festival Connect" Opening Concert Supported by the Bank of China Tianjin Branch

QIGANG CHEN Instants d'un Opéra de Pékin for Solo Piano (version of 2004) 

OLIVIER MESSIAEN Le merle noir for Flute and Piano (1952) 

OLIVIER MESSIAEN Thème et variations for Violin and Piano 

WILLIAM BOLCOM Selected Cabaret Songs (1996) 

WILLIAM BOLCOM Three Rags for String Quartet (1989) 

OLIVIER MESSIAEN Poèmes pour Mi (Second Book) 

QIGANG CHEN L'éloignement for String Orchestra (2003) 


2024/2/16, 19:30, The Juilliard School | Paul Recital Hall 

Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital Series: Juilliard and Tianjin Juilliard Joint Faculty Recital (New York)

CHEN YI Chinese Folk Song Suite
Ivalas String Quartet
Weigang Li, Violin*
Daxun Zhang, Double Bass*

Angelo Xiang Yu, Violin*
Daxun Zhang, Double Bass*

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370
Mingjia Liu, Oboe*
Angelo Xiang Yu, Violin*
Paul Neubauer, Viola
Pedro Sanchez Mijares, Cello

FRANZ SCHUBERT Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 114, D. 667, “The Trout”
Weigang Li, Violin*
Paul Neubauer, Viola
Pedro Sanchez Mijares, Cello
Daxun Zhang, Double Bass*
Aaron Wunsch, Piano

* Tianjin Juilliard faculty


2024/3/8, 19:30, Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall 

Qingxin Ensemble 


ASTOR PIAZZOLLA The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (arr. Leonid Desyatnikov) 


2024/3/29, 19:30, Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall 

JEAN FRANÇAIX L'heure du berger for for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Piano (1947) 

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds, K 452 

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57 


2024/4/19, 19:30, Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall 

DAVID BRUCE The Consolation of Rain for Oboe, Cello, Harp, and Percussion (2016) 

CLAUDE DEBUSSY Trio Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, L. 137 

LÁSZLÓ LAJTHA Trois Nocturnes for Voice, Flute, Harp and String Quartet Op. 34 (1941) 

JEAN FRANÇAIX Octet for Strings, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn (1972) 



Shanghai Quartet

2024/3/16, 19:30, Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall 

Shanghai Quartet 40th Anniversary Concert 

JOSEPH HAYDN String Quartet in D Major, Op. 20, No. 4 

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, "American" 

EDVARD GRIEG String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 27 

Guest Artists Series 2023-24 Season

2023/9/15, 19:30, Charles Neidich Clarinet 

Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall 

GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN Fantasia for Solo Flute No. 8 in E Minor 

QIGANG CHEN Morning Song 

JOHANNES BRAHMS Clarinet Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2 

LUIGI BASSI 'La Sonnambula' Fantasy 

CHARLES NEIDICH Icarus Ascending (rev. 2023) 

PABLO DE SARASATE Three Pieces (arr. Charles Neidich) 


2023/11/4, 19:30, Simply Quartet 

Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall 

JOSEPH HAYDN String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, No. 1, Hob. I; 81 

GYÖRGY LIGETI String Quartet No. 1, "Métamorphoses nocturnes" 

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK String Quartet No. 13 in G Major, Op. 106 


2023/12/12, 19:30, 

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 

Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Trio in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 1, No. 1 

JOHANNES BRAHMS Trio in A Minor for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, Op. 114 

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK Quartet in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 87 


2024/2/23, 19:30, Complete Bartók Quartets I, MILA Quartet 

Tianjin Juilliard Recital Hall 

BÉLA BARTÓK String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 17, Sz. 67, BB 75 

BÉLA BARTÓK String Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85, BB 93 

BÉLA BARTÓK String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102, BB 110 


2024/5/3, 19:30, Complete Bartók Quartets II, MILA Quartet 

Tianjin Juilliard Recital Hall 

BÉLA BARTÓK String Quartet No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 7, $z. 40, BB 52 

BÉLA BARTÓK String Quartet No. 4 in C Major, Sz. 91, BB 95 

BÉLA BARTÓK String Quartet No. 6 in D Minor, Sz. 114, BB 119