Professor Xu Changjun is the Chancellor of The Tianjin Juilliard School. He also serves as the President of the Tianjin Conservatory of Music and a doctoral advisor at the Central Conservatory of Music.
As a music educator and cultural facilitator, Professor Xu is committed to cultivating artists and promoting cultural exchanges between China and the world. He has served as a scholar to teach at universities and colleges across the globe. He was a keynote speaker at international conferences. He also launched a series of high-level scholarly exchanges and events, such as the annual Tianjin May Festival, Music Week for the Interpretation of Baroque Music, A Symposium on Contemporary Music Composition and Seminar for Composition Teaching, and the 2016 Summer Musical Workshop. Since 2011, the annual Tianjin May Festival has been a celebrated national cultural brand and has successfully organized more than 100 concerts, lectures, master classes, and charity activities. Professor Xu has held concerts, master classes, and lectures in Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Italy, South Korea, Thailand, Poland, Brazil, and Chile. He represented the Tianjin Conservatory of Music to attend the China-US Scholarly Exchange and Think Tank Forum for University Presidents held in Houston and New York in June 2015 and September 2017, respectively.
A contemporary Chinese composer, Professor Xu’s masterpieces include: Swords, Ji, Our Motherland, The Colorful World, Yellow Land’s Love, Yellow River’s Soul, Phoenix Concerto, Reverie of Matsu, New Dragon Dance, Fusion, Flickering Light of a Candle, Three Bagatelles, Pangu Ode, Rhapfest, Snowy Plateau, The Beautiful Tianjin, Giant Kuafu Chases the Sun, and Impressions of Lingnan.
He graduated from Anhui Art School in 1978 and from the Composition Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1986. He earned his doctorate from Central Conservatory of Music in 2000. He was a government-sponsored scholar studying at the Milan Conservatory of Music in Italy (1995-96), and a visiting scholar to Columbia University in New York on the fellowship of the American Rockefeller Brothers Foundation in 2001. Professor Xu was the first Fulbright fellow from China at the University of Missouri in 2007.