Chinese Classical Musicians Excel in Italy

January 26, 2018  Editor: Yang Lu
Chinese Classical Musicians Excel in Italy
Chinese Musician Shi Fuhong's creations have a world-class reputation. [Photo/Beijing Morning Post]


Two young female Chinese musicians, Zheng Nan and Shi Fuhong, recently earned special honors in Italy, the spiritual home of international opera.

Zheng, a soprano who graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, has been offered the position as a tenured professor at the Conservatorio Giacomo Puccini-Gallarate, in the city of Gallarate in the north of the country.

Meanwhile, Shi, from China's Central Conservatory of Music, has been shortlisted for the Donne In Music composition contest for her work The Goddess of the Mountain, which will be performed by the I Solisti Veneti Orchestra in Italy on March 8.

Broader Platform

Before teaching at one of Italy’s national conservatories as the first Chinese singer, Zheng went through a strict selection process before being chosen from over 100 candidates.

"The most important aspect is that you can sing well," Zheng said. Since 2006, Zheng has sung in over 200 performances around the world and starred in many classical operas including La traviata, Don Juan and Nabucco.

With her success on the stage, Zheng naturally turned her eye to music education, as she felt she had a lot to share. "I don’t want to confine myself to only one rostrum, but devote myself to a broader one, that is, the undertaking of music education.

"I have seen young, talented singers around the world. They should be provided with more platforms and opportunities," Zheng explained.

Cultural Messenger

Shi has earned a doctorate and a master’s degree in composition in Canada. She learnt from many world-renowned masters.

A diverse educational, professional and personal background has given Shi a unique perspective on composition. As a result, her works are a combination of theatricality, lyricism, dynamic performance and tunefulness. She mixes Western creative techniques and Eastern cultures.

With a world-class reputation, Shi's creations have landed many awards and been performed internationally.


(Source: Beijing Morning Post / Translated and edited by Women of China)

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