In 2017, Music Confucius Institute (MCI) celebrated its 5th anniversary. On 16 June 2012, a cooperation agreement between the Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM) and the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing was signed at an impressive ceremony marking the establishment of MCI.
Through the course of the five years, MCI has worked to bridge Chinese and Western music, and thus create a better understanding of Chinese music and culture. Through a great variety of activities, MCI has been engaged in bringing both contemporary and traditional Chinese music into 21st century music education. The latest recordings by our musicians and a short introduction film can also be found on this page.
In a recent interview with the global news agency, GBTIMES, RDAM student Kalle Hakosalo tells about his fascination and experiences with Chinese music and MCI. Besides his studies as a percussionist, he attends classes at MCI to broaden his knowledge on special Chinese techniques, sounds, and the understanding of music. MCI Director Marianne Løkke Jakobsen believes the experiences with Chinese music give students at RDAM valuable tools and an awareness that will help them in the future careers. Read the whole interview here.
The anniversary celebrations were held on China Day, 30 September 2017 at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. China Day is an annual event open for everyone interested in China and Chinese culture. The anniversary was marked with a special concert featuring the world premiere of a new piece for guitars and dizi (bamboo flute) by Danish composer John Frandsen. In addition, the concert offered a wonderful opportunity to hear premieres of several pieces on the theme of H.C. Andersen composed by selected composer students from Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing.
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