Central Conservatory of Music

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Central Conservatory of Music
Motto in English
Diligent, looking for truth, organization, advance
Established1950; 73 years ago (1950)
President俞峰 Yu Feng
Academic staff
West gate
Main Building of the Central Conservatory of Music

The Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM; Chinese: 中央音乐学院; pinyin: Zhōngyāng Yīnyuè Xuéyuàn) is a national public music academy located in Beijing, China. It is affiliated with the Ministry of Education. The academy is part of Project 211 and the Double First Class University Plan.[1]


Founded in 1950 the conservatory offers courses to both citizens and foreign students. The school caters to all levels from primary to postgraduate. Undergraduate programmes of four or five years are offered in composition, conducting, musicology, voice and opera, piano, orchestral instruments and traditional Chinese musical instruments. There's a six-year middle school with courses in piano, orchestral instruments, traditional instruments and music theory and two primary schools cater to full-time and evening students. There is also an evening university for mature students.

In recent years, the conservatory has developed strong relationships with overseas institutions and individuals. Foreign musicians and scholars are frequently invited to teach or offer lectures at the conservatory which, in turn, sends its own faculty members and students to other countries to pursue further studies, lecture or give performances. Conservatory students and teachers participate in the China Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Chinese Traditional Musical Instruments Ensemble, the Conservatory Students Chorus, the Middle School Students Orchestra and the Primary School Students Performing Group.

The conservatory campus covers 53,000 square metres. The Conservatory Music Library accommodates over 500,000 volumes and is the largest of its kind in China. The conservatory also owns over 500 pianos and a large number of musical instruments. Educational facilities include an electronic music studio with advanced recording and video equipment and a violin workshop. New: 1 Oberlinger-organ from Germany Nov. 2013

The conservatory publishes the Journal of the Central Conservatory of Music. It is generally considered to be the top Chinese academic journal in the field of musicology.

Degrees offered[edit]

Bachelor's degrees (4 years)
  • Musicology (5 years)
  • Composition and Compositional Theory (5 years)
  • Vocal Singing (5 years)
  • Conducting (5 years)
  • Keyboard Instruments Performance
  • Wind and Stringed (Percussional) Instruments Performance
  • Chinese Musical Instruments Performance
  • The Arts of Instruments Making and Repair
Master's degrees (3 years)
  • Musicology
  • Composition and Compositional Theory
  • Vocal Singing
  • Conducting
  • Keyboard Instruments Performance (4 years)
  • Wind and Stringed (Percussional) Instruments Performance (4 years)
  • Chinese Musical Instruments Performance (4 years)
  • The Arts of Instruments Making and Repair (4 years)
Doctoral degrees (3 years)
  • Musicology
  • Composition and Compositional Theory

Notable alumni[edit]

List of Notable Alumni
Name Nationality Graduating Year
Wei Wei 韦唯 Chinese 1984
Chen Yi 陈怡 Chinese
Ju Jin 居觐 Italian
Liu Shikun 刘诗昆 Chinese
Lang Lang 郎朗 Chinese
Liang Wang Chinese
Tan Dun 谭盾 Chinese 1981
Arken Abdulla 艾尔肯•阿布都拉 Chinese 2001
Wu Man 吴蛮 Chinese
Xiaoyong Chen 陈晓勇 Chinese 1985
Ye Xiaogang 叶小纲 Chinese 1983
Yuja Wang 王羽佳 Chinese
Zhang Dingyuan 张玎苑 Chinese
Zhao Jiping 赵季平 Chinese
Zhou Long 周龙 Chinese 1981
Zhu Xiao-Mei 朱晓玫 Chinese
Vanessa-Mae 陈美 British
Gao Hong 高虹 American
Cheng Huihui 程慧惠 Chinese
Zhang Lida 张丽达 Chinese
Natalie Ni Shi 石妮 Canadian

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "教育部 财政部 国家发展改革委 关于公布世界一流大学和一流学科建设高校及建设 学科名单的通知 (Notice from the Ministry of Education and other national governmental departments announcing the list of double first class universities and disciplines)".

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