Performance on traditional Chinese instruments encompasses the study of ancient works alongside contemporary compositions and collaborations.
Chinese instrumental performance looks to both the past and the future. It encompasses music of both the Han Chinese and diverse minority Chinese cultures. You will learn to play instruments that have a history stretching back millennia, and yet are refashioned in the modern era to accommodate today’s levels of technical and artistic brilliance. You will perform ancient works, as well as pieces that have been reinterpreted across generations, and compositions that are modern creations of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Applicants to this program will have the opportunity for musical creation through collaborations with performers from around the world.
At the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, we offer principal study tuition in historical vocal practices and historical instruments including:
We are fast emerging as a vibrant centre for the study of Chinese traditional instruments in the English-speaking world, with an active Chinese Music Ensemble. Studying Chinese instrumental performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music provides a wealth of opportunities.
As a student specialising in Chinese instrumental performance, you will learn skills to become: