Li Yang is currently a Vice Professor in the Conducting Department at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing; the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra; and Chief Conductor of the Children and Young Women‘s Chorus of the China National Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Yang is from a musical family and started learning music from early childhood. In 1982, he entered the high school affiliated with the Central Conservatory of Music. After graduating from high school, he began his studies majoring in Conducting with Professor Xin Xü in the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. During this time, he also received guidance from Professor Feili Huang, Liangkun Yan, and Hongnian Yang. He completed his studies with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1990 from Central Conservatory of Music.
The following two years, Li Yang lectured at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He then went to Germany to continue his study in conducting. From 1992 to 1997, he studied at the “Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart” with Professor T. Ungar and became the first Chinese to win the H. von Karajan Foundation Scholarship.
Having cooperated with various orchestras and artists, Li Yang has performed a great number of symphonies, chamber music, operas and choral works both in China and abroad. He has worked with the following orchestras in Germany: Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Baden-Badener Orchestra, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonic Reutlingen. He also worked with the Göyr Philharmonic in Hungary.
In China, he has conducted China National Radio Symphony Orchestra; China Film Symphony Orchestra; Kunming Philharmonic; Peking Symphony Orchestra; Orchestra of the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing; Baotou Singing and Dancing troupe; Chamber Orchestra of Central Conservatory of Music Beijing; China Beijing Opera House; Hebei Symphony Orchestra; Children and Young Women‘s Chorus of the China National Symphony Orchestra; and Chorus of the Conservatory of China, etc.
After Mr. Yang’s return from Germany to China in 1998, he conducted a new opera named “The General She Leng”. The Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China awarded the “Wen Hua Prize” to him.
Li Yang was invited to give performances at the International Bach Festival in Stuttgart, Germany; International Music Festival in Macao; International Artistic Festival in memory of Pushkin’s 200th birthday in Moscow; and the First China Modern Music Works Festival in Shanghai.
Many of Mr. Yang’s concerts were reported on in newspapers or relayed live on TV. In recent years, Li Yang has frequently traveled to Germany, Hungary, Austria, USA, Russia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Macao and Hong Kong to give performances.
As the conductor of the Children and Young Women‘s Chorus of the China National Symphony Orchestra, he was invited by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) to perform in Carnegie Hall and also the Lincoln Center in New York City. More than 13,000 professional conductors and musicians attended the concerts and gave him high praises. The same year he led the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra to attend the 2nd Asian Symphony Festival in Osaka, Japan.
In September 2004, Li Yang conducted the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra in “The Yellow River” performance in Hong Kong. He cooperated with the accompanying chorus of 300 members from the Hong Kong Choral Association. Li Yang’s conducting was a great success, and the performance was considered a triumph. This concert was recorded. CDs and DVDs were made available for purchase.