The Shanghai Conservatory of Music is a music institute famous both at home and abroad. It grew out of the Shanghai National Conservatory of Music, which was established in a common effort by Mr. Cai Yuanpei and Dr. Xiao Youmei (Shio Yiu-mei) on November 27, 1927. Our teachers and students have won numerous awards both home and abroad, thus earning the conservatory the name, “the cradle of musicians.”
The oldest institute of music higher education in China, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music consists of thirteen departments. It involves six disciplines and twenty-three sub-disciplines, some traditional, the others newly-developed.
The conservatory supports a high-level music research institute, a specialized music library with a large collection, a first-class museum of oriental instruments, and a unique music publishing house.
A six-year secondary school and a three-year elementary section were established separately in 1953 and 1956 to prepare better candidates for tertiary education, thus forming a self-contained system with a complete curriculum of music and academic education. Three art centers integrate teaching, performing and scientific research: Zhou Xiaoyan International Opera Center, International String Academy, and International Piano Art Center. The Conservatory has established six performing groups: Symphony Orchestra of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, New Ensemble, String Quartet, Percussion Ensemble, National Music Orchestra and Choir.
Shanghai Conservatory of Music maintains close relationships with many first-class conservatories and famous musicians, including collaborations with schools in the USA, France, UK, Russia, Netherlands, Australia, Austria, Germany and Japan. Many internationally well-known musicians such as Stern, Perlman, Leon Fleisher, Zukerman, Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle, Rostropovich, and Yo-Yo Ma have served as honorary or guest professors.