Watch the new video: Music Confucius Institute advocates Global Musicianship

Students at The Royal Danish Academy of Music are invited to engage and create music with musicians studying traditional Chinese instruments. The aim of Music Confucius Institute is to bring different cultures together through music.

“Being a musician today, great musical skills are not enough – you need to have cultural entrepreneurship,” states President of The Royal Danish Academy (RDAM) of Music Uffe Savery, “interacting with the Chinese culture in collaboration projects with Music Confucius Institute (MCI) definitely adds to a cultural entrepreneurship.”

Music Confucius Institute facilitates musical meetings. In learning about another music culture, the students are encouraged to reflect on their own musical background.

MCI is about working together, co-creating and focussing on joint music performances through cultural meetings. While creating a new sound universe that crosses cultural boundaries, music connects the musicians involved.

“Musically, you get inspired as a student”, says Uffe Savery, “but it is also about creating an international network”. Through such musical meetings, students learn more about communicating in a multicultural environment; such an environment will most likely be a part of their professional careers. Today’s classical music scene is global. Musicians will have colleagues, collaboration partners, and will play for audiences which will most likely come from all over the world. An improved cultural understanding will most definitely boost a future career in classical music.

See the video to the right (on the computer) or below (on your phone).

Music Confucius Institute (MCI) is a collaboration between the Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM) and Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in Beijing. MCI hosts Chinese musicians-in-residence, who have been selected by CCOM for a period of 1-2 years. MCI is located at RDAM in Copenhagen and is actively engaged in the Academy’s activities providing a wide range of offers to its students.