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The Tianjin Juilliard School Campus Formally Dedicated on Tuesday, October 26, 2021
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The Tianjin Juilliard School Campus Formally Dedicated
on Tuesday, October 26, 2021

New Landmark Campus in Tianjin Brings Juilliard’s Rich Tradition of Performing Arts Education to Asia
Dedication Ceremony and Celebration Concert Marks a Historic Milestone for Music Education and Cultural Exchange

Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra’s 2021-22 Performance Season Is Underway

TIANJIN, CHINA – The Tianjin Juilliard School’s Campus Dedication Ceremony and Celebration Concert was held today on Tuesday, October 26, at 4:30pm at the Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall. The campus dedication brought together school and local officials, as well as guest speakers offering congratulatory remarks. The ceremony kicked off with a rousing performance by the Tianjin Juilliard Brass Ensemble, and additional performances by a Tianjin Juilliard Pre-College student and the Shanghai Quartet, the School’s resident faculty quartet. In the evening, guests attended a celebratory concert titled "Music without Boundaries" with Chen Lin, director of the Conducting Department at the Central Conservatory of Music, who returned to conduct the Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra in William Schuman’s American Festival Overture, selections from Bao Yuankai’s Chinese Sights and Sounds, and selections from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, at 7:00pm in the Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall.
 

This occasion marks a major step forward for The Tianjin Juilliard School in broadening access to Juilliard’s rich tradition of performing arts education across China and Asia. Since the School opened in 2020, it has assembled an international roster of faculty; launched two important annual music festivals; developed numerous partnerships with peer institutions in China and Asia; and received guest artists from around the world. Through a strong connection between both Juilliard campuses in New York and Tianjin, the School is leading innovations in the field of music education and developing new curricular and artistic strategies in the twenty-first century to meet the challenges that musicians face in the performing arts. As a model of the 21st-century conservatory, The Tianjin Juilliard School nurtures the next generation of artists to play active roles within their communities, as both artists and leaders.
 

Joseph W. Polisi, Chairman of the Board of Directors, The Tianjin Juilliard School, said, “This ceremony dedicating the new building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, marks a historic and transformative moment for The Juilliard School's presence in China. We have worked for over 10 years to arrive at this moment; a time when we can celebrate the beginning of a collaboration between China and the United States that will flourish for many years to come. Music is an art form which touches all of humanity, and Juilliard’s tradition of excellence in performance and in education will spearhead our efforts in China and beyond to realize the very best of what the Juilliard experience has represented since 1905.Now that I officially am an honorary citizen of the City of Tianjin, I can tell you that I feel deeply fulfilled that I can be included in such a distinguished community.”
 

Damian Woetzel, President of The Juilliard School in New York, said, “Not only is this a stunning architectural achievement, but this School will become a hub for cultural exchange, for collaboration, for musicianship, and for adventurous programming in Tianjin. As the bond grows between our New York and Tianjin campuses, we will continue to shape the future of music and of the arts on an international scale.”
 

AN ICONIC HOME FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Juilliard broke ground in China on June 15, 2017. Located in Tianjin’s new Binhai district, The Tianjin Juilliard School is a 350,000 sq. ft. center for performance, practice, research, and interactive exhibitions, with communal spaces that are designed to welcome the public into the creative process and performance of music. The state-of-the-art campus is designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the world-renowned architecture firm that was responsible for the 2009 expansion of Juilliard’s iconic New York campus. The design of Tianjin Juilliard captures the spirit of Tianjin while creating an architectural connection to Juilliard in New York City. From floating rehearsal and classroom bridges clad in glass to public spaces that extend the surrounding park into the building, the campus revolutionizes the teaching and learning environment for music education, bringing transparency and openness in welcoming visitors to experience music education at its finest. The school opened in fall 2020 with its first class of graduate students. The opening took place in the midst of the global pandemic which delayed the official campus dedication until now.
 

Charles Renfro, partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro said, “The Tianjin Juilliard School is an important and multifaceted project, which could not have been completed without the dedication of our many partners across China and the United States. With the team's steadfast guidance and perseverance, we were able to realize a sculpturally dynamic building linking the teaching, practice and performance of classical music."
 

Alexander Brose, Executive Director and CEO, The Tianjin Juilliard School, said, "Today’s Campus Dedication is the culmination of a concerted and collective effort by hundreds of people worldwide to create an international center for creative excellence and collaboration. The Tianjin Juilliard School exemplifies that music has the unparalleled power to connect us in ways that words cannot. Joseph Polisi’s original vision and unbridled passion for this project paved the way for the artistry and community we celebrate today. The School will inspire future generations of students and audiences alike in the years to come.”
 

FALL SEASON OVERVIEW

In September this year, The Tianjin Juilliard School welcomed its second class of new graduate students and opened the Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra’s 2021-22 music season.
 

Wei He, Artistic Director and Dean, The Tianjin Juilliard School, said, “I am thrilled to welcome an impressive roster of conductors to lead the Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra this season. We are very grateful that many renowned conductors share our vision and are extremely supportive of the School’s program and students. With this season’s rich and diverse programing, it is our hope that audiences will enjoy all the performances and also witness our students’ aspirations, vitality, and growth through music. The Campus Dedication is a historic moment that we have all been waiting for.”
 

The Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra is the school’s largest student performing ensemble comprised of students from the Tianjin Juilliard Graduate Studies program majoring in orchestral studies and chamber music. Resident faculty and visiting artists play side-by-side with students in rehearsals and performances. In its inaugural season last year, guest conductors included Chen Lin, Zhang Jiemin, Shao En, and Cheng Jiannan. Beginning this year, two student soloists will be selected by an annual competition for concerto performances with the Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra in the spring.
 

2021 – 22 Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra
Upcoming Calendar of Events

Please refer to the online Performance Calendar for the most up-to-date schedule. Ticketing information for in-person performances is also available through the School’s official WeChat platform.
 

Sunday, November 14, 3:00 pm, Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall
Lin Daye, Conductor

RODION SHCHEDRIN     Beethoven’s Heiligenstädter Testament
STRAVINSKY                   Symphony in C
BEETHOVEN                   Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
 

Sunday, December 12, 3:00pm, Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall
Lan Shui, Conductor

STRAUSS                      Serenade in E-flat Major, TrV 106, Op. 7
FAURÉ Pelléas et Mélisande: Suite, Op. 80
BRAHMS                       Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98
 

Saturday, January 29, 7:00pm, Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall
Chen Lin, Conductor

JOAN TOWER             Made in America
GUO WENJING           Zhudi Concerto No. 2, “Ye Huo”
STRAVINSKY              Monumentum pro Gesualdo di Venosa ad CD annum
STRAVINSKY              The Firebird: Suite (1919 version)
 

Sunday, February 27, 3:00pm, Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall
Jing Huan, Conductor

LIGETI                      Concert Românesc (Romanian Concerto)
Concerto Competition Winner (TBA)
SIBELIUS                 Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43
 

Sunday, March 27, 3:00pm, Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall
Hu Yongyan, Conductor

SCHUBERT           Symphony in B Minor, D. 759, “Unfinished”
WAGNER               Forest Murmurs
BRITTEN               Johnson over Jordan: Suite
PROKOFIEV          Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25, “Classical”
 

Sunday, April 24, 3:00pm, Tianjin Juilliard Concert Hall
Zhang Guoyong, Conductor

NICCOLO ATHENS   A Jiangnan Overture (2019; orch. 2021)
Concerto Competition Winner (TBA)
SHOSTAKOVICH     Symphony No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 70
 

About The Tianjin Juilliard School

The Tianjin Juilliard School brings Juilliard’s artistic and educational mission to a wider global audience. It is the first performing arts institution in China to offer a U.S.-accredited Master of Music degree. This new campus offers a graduate program for a Master of Music degree from Juilliard in orchestral studies, chamber music, or collaborative piano; a Saturday conservatory-style Pre-College program for advanced students ages 8-18; continuing education programs for professionals and adult learners; public education programs for music learners of all ages; and public performances.
 

Juilliard developed the school in partnership with The Tianjin Conservatory of Music, Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area Administrative Commission, and the Tianjin Innovative Finance Investment Company (T.I.F.I.). The Tianjin Juilliard School is a center for performance, practice, research, and interactive exhibitions, with communal spaces that are designed to welcome the public into the creative process and performance of music.
 

About the Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra

Led by renowned conductors from both China and abroad, the Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra presents up to ten concerts each season, performing a diverse repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary orchestral works as well as pieces using traditional Chinese instruments. Resident faculty and visiting artists lead discussions, coach sectionals, and play side-by-side with students in rehearsals and performances. Every season, Tianjin Juilliard students share their musical gifts with audiences as they embark on an extraordinary musical journey.
 

About The Juilliard School

Founded in 1905, The Juilliard School is a world leader in performing arts education. Juilliard’s mission is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors from around the world so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens.
 

Located at Lincoln Center in New York City, Juilliard offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in dance, drama (acting and playwriting), and music (classical, jazz, historical performance, and vocal arts). Currently more than 800 artists from 43 states and 44 countries are enrolled at Juilliard, where they appear in more than 700 annual performances in the school’s five theaters; at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and David Geffen halls and at Carnegie Hall; as well as other venues around New York City, the country, and the world.The continuum of learning at Juilliard also includes nearly 400 students from elementary through high school enrolled in the Preparatory Division, and more than 800 students are enrolled in Juilliard Extension. Beyond its New York campus, Juilliard is defining new directions in global performing arts education for a range of learners and enthusiasts through The Tianjin Juilliard School and K-12 educational curricula.
 

音乐无疆界,中美合作办学开创世界音乐教育新篇章
天津茱莉亚学院地标性校园落成启用硕士研究生与大学预科教学顺利开展

在壮丽的铜管演奏中,天津茱莉亚学院宣布其位于天津滨海新区、地标性的新校园正式落成启用。国家主席习近平夫人彭丽媛向天津茱莉亚学院校园落成典礼致贺信。彭丽媛表示,在中美双方共同努力下,天津音乐学院和美国茱莉亚学院开展了高水平艺术类合作办学,为促进中美人文交流增添新平台。艺术是跨越国界、沟通民心的桥梁。中美双方加强教育合作,有利于培养更多优秀人才,增进文化交流互鉴,传播艺术和友谊。希望中美两国广泛开展人文交流,促进两国人民相知相近,为中美两国人民友好注入动力。
 

茱莉亚学院荣誉院长、天津茱莉亚学院理事会主席约瑟夫•W•波利希(Joseph W. Polisi),前中国驻美大使崔天凯,教育部副部长田学军,天津市委书记李鸿忠,天津市委副书记、市长廖国勋,天津市政协副主席曹小红,天津茱莉亚学院顾问委员会主席余隆,天津音乐学院茱莉亚研究院院长徐昌俊,天津音乐学院副院长王宏伟、曹晓青,天津茱莉亚学院执行理事兼首席执行官卜怡明(Alexander Brose)和天津茱莉亚学院艺术总监兼学术院长何为等来自中美两国艺术、教育、政治、经济界的嘉宾们与学院教师和学生们共同见证了这一具有历史意义的重要时刻。茱莉亚学院院长华都安(Damian Woetzel),著名女高音歌唱家、茱莉亚学院校友、天津茱莉亚顾问委员会成员芮妮•弗莱明(Renée Fleming),以及DS+R建筑事务所合伙人、建筑师查尔斯•伦弗洛(Charles Renfro)等都发来了祝贺视频。在典礼上,由学院师生共同组成的天津茱莉亚铜管乐团、预科学生,以及天津茱莉亚驻院四重奏——上海四重奏分别呈现了精彩的演奏。
 

落成典礼结束后,天津茱莉亚管弦乐团献上了“音乐无疆界”专场音乐会。乐团在指挥家陈琳的率领下,演绎了威廉•舒曼《美国节日序曲》、鲍元恺《炎黄风情》,以及柴可夫斯基《E小调第五交响曲》。这场音乐会的曲目涵盖了传世经典、现代音乐和当代作品,全面展现了天津茱莉亚研究生的音乐实力。天津茱莉亚管弦乐团的成功演出,正是学院聚焦于合奏艺术教学的成果体现,未来他们将把天津茱莉亚的教育理念和音乐品质传播到更远的地方。
 

历时十余年,茱莉亚学院首个中外合作办学项目落成

成立于1905年的美国茱莉亚学院是世界表演艺术教育的重镇之一,天津茱莉亚合作办学项目是其建校一百多年来第一次在海外开展合作办学,也是茱莉亚学院第一次在海外颁发学位。天津音乐学院茱莉亚研究院也成为我国首个授予美国硕士学位的艺术院校,其学位受美国中部诸州高等教育委员会所认可。茱莉亚学院同天津音乐学院、天津经济技术开发区管委会及天津新金融投资有限公司合作,共同推动天津茱莉亚学院的创建及发展。
 

2015年9月28日,国家主席习近平夫人彭丽媛在茱莉亚学院见证了天津音乐学院茱莉亚研究院的揭牌。2017年6月15日,天津茱莉亚在天津举行了校园奠基仪式。2019年9月21日,天津茱莉亚首届大学预科课程正式开始。2020年9月14日,学院首届研究生课程正式启动。目前,天津茱莉亚拥有105位大学预科学生和70名研究生。在研究生中,国际学生占43%,来自美国、加拿大、俄罗斯、日本、韩国、新加坡、泰国、匈牙利、智利、哥伦比亚和乌兹别克斯坦等11个国家。
 

茱莉亚学院荣誉院长、天津茱莉亚学院理事会主席约瑟夫•W•波利希为天津茱莉亚学院建设付出了大量心血和努力,学院已成为推动中美人文交流的重要平台,对于深化两国文化交流互鉴、增进各国人民了解互信具有重要作用,也为天津这座文化底蕴深厚、中西合璧的城市增添了亮丽色彩。为此,天津市政府授予波利希“天津市荣誉市民”称号。波利希在致辞中说到:“天津茱莉亚举办校园落成典礼,标志着茱莉亚学院在中国迎来了具有历史性和变革性的里程碑。我们携手奋斗十载,见证了这一时刻,这也标志着中美之间在艺术院校建设领域开展合作的开端,并将在未来实现蓬勃发展。音乐是属于全人类的艺术形式,茱莉亚学院在表演和教育方面的优秀传统将引领我们在中国和其他地区不懈努力,并将学院自1905年以来积累的绝佳经验带到中国。现在,我又成为了天津市荣誉市民,能够成为这座城市的一员,令我满怀激情、成就感十足。”
 

茱莉亚学院院长华都安发来了热情洋溢的祝贺视频,他表示:“今天是茱莉亚历史上一个重要的里程碑!天津校区的落成彰显了茱莉亚在世界表演艺术教育领域的影响力和宏伟抱负,希望天津茱莉亚可以成为中美文化交流合作、音乐人才创新培养的中心。随着纽约和天津校区之间的互动日益紧密,我们将继续塑造全球音乐和艺术教育的未来。”
 

作为这个项目的参与者,天津音乐学院茱莉亚研究院院长徐昌俊同样关注着学院的成长,他亦表示:“我目睹了天津茱莉亚始终得到了从中央到地方各级政府部门和社会各界的鼎力支持,目睹了合作伙伴各方矢志不渝的坚持与精诚合作。拥有一流的设施和一流的师资,天津茱莉亚将努力提供一流的管理保障,运用国际领先的理念为来自世界各地才华突出的年轻音乐家提供国际一流的艺术教育;帮助学生最大限度挖掘潜力,推动艺术教育创新发展,促进国际文化交流与合作。我坚信,我们一定能把天津茱莉亚打造成为中外人文交流合作的典范。”
 

天津新地标,打造中外文化艺术交流中心

天津茱莉亚学院新校园位于滨海新区,占地32500平方米,由世界著名建筑事务所Diller Scofidio + Renfro打造了一个集演出、排练、研究和互动展览于一体的艺术中心,设有多处公共空间,旨在欢迎公众参与到音乐创作及表演之中。DS+R建筑事务所曾于2009年负责了标志性的纽约茱莉亚学院的扩建。天津茱莉亚从设计理念上充分结合了天津城市文化内涵,与纽约校区建筑交相呼应。从玻璃廊桥延展到公共空间,到将建筑与周围的公园融为一体,天津茱莉亚学院彻底改变了音乐教育的常规教学环境,体现了透明和开放的理念,欢迎更多人前来体验非同凡响的音乐教育。
 

DS+R建筑事务所合伙人、建筑师查尔斯•伦弗洛在祝贺视频中表示:“天津茱莉亚的新校园是一个非常庞大复杂的工程,它的落成离不开中美两国许多合作伙伴的辛勤付出。在大家坚持不懈的努力下,我们终于打造了一座教学和表演艺术中心。希望在座的每一位、以及学院师生和天津市民们可以共享这座校园。”
 

每天在这座杰出的建筑里工作,天津茱莉亚学院执行理事兼首席执行官卜怡明感慨道:“今天的新校园落成典礼是全球数以百计的人秉持打造创新卓越、相互协作的国际中心的初心共同努力的结果。天津茱莉亚证明了音乐拥有无与伦比的强大力量,能够以言语无法表达的方式将人们联系起来。天津茱莉亚的今天,都始于约瑟夫最初的愿景,是他对这个项目无限的热情指引着我们走向了今天的成功。天津校园的建设和纽约校园的扩建在审美及设计理念上有众多异曲同工之妙,新校区也是’原汁原味茱莉亚品质’的重要体现。凭借独一无二的项目以及令人惊叹的教学设施,我坚信天津茱莉亚将不断激励一代又一代的学生和观众,并激发他们的热情。”
 

在新校园里,师生们展开了丰富多彩的教学和演出活动,天津茱莉亚学院艺术总监兼学术院长何为介绍说:“天津茱莉亚致力于合奏艺术的教学,这集中体现在由学院常驻教师组建的天津茱莉亚室内乐团,以及由研究生组成的天津茱莉亚管弦乐团。我们为这两支乐团分别策划了音乐季,天津茱莉亚室内乐团将领衔11月举行的第三届天津室内乐音乐节,还将在北京、上海以及全国各地展开巡演,天津茱莉亚管弦乐团则将在多位知名指挥家的引领下举行八场音乐会。同时,明年1月我们将迎来天津茱莉亚的旗舰音乐节——第二届汇聚音乐节,聚焦作曲家伊戈尔•斯特拉文斯基及其传承。希望观众们能够享受每一场演出,并通过音乐见证学生们的抱负、活力以及成长。”
 

落成典礼致辞

教育部副部长田学军:“教育部将一如既往支持天津发挥雄厚科教实力和独特优势,主动搭建中外教育友好交往的合作平台,同世界一流资源开展高水平合作办学,打造更具有竞争力的留学教育,提升国际科技交流合作的层次和水平,培养大批国际化人才,助力天津教育改革创新,服务天津高质量发展。天津音乐学院与茱莉亚学院的合作充分证明,中美教育交流合作是互利共赢的,有着强劲动力和韧性。”
 

天津市政协副主席曹小红:“天津茱莉亚学院拥有一流的师资、一流的设施、一流的教学环境。我们坚信,有中美两国的大力支持,有彭教授的关心关爱,有教育部、外交部和天津市委、市政府的全力推进,有社会各界的积极帮助,有天津茱莉亚人的奋发努力,学院一定能够办成“原汁原味”的茱莉亚,一定能够培养出更多像校友——著名大提琴家马友友、著名女高音歌唱家芮妮•弗莱明那样活跃在国际舞台上的顶尖艺术家。”

天津茱莉亚学院顾问委员会主席余隆:“无论是从功能性还是人性化的角度来看,天津茱莉亚学院都是理想中的校园。学院的建筑有着很好的空间感,非常能够触发学生们的想象力,这一点对于艺术人才的培养而言十分重要。同时,天津茱莉亚的各方面工作都超出了我的预想。记得在顾问委员会成立时我就说过,天津茱莉亚学院的成立是给了中国学生甚至是全世界的音乐学子一个新的选择,这是我们这代人对于年轻人的责任。”

天津音乐学院副院长王宏伟:“时至今日,中外70名硕士研究生相聚天津,在这所美丽而又充满艺术想象力的校园里学习、交流,在多元的文化环境下,分享与碰撞不同的音乐理念与灵感,打造属于年轻人最宝贵的音乐梦想,用琴声、歌声架起一座充满友爱、和平与希望的世界音乐桥梁!”

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