Juilliard Announces Resident Faculty Members for The Tianjin Juilliard School

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018
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Applications Now Open for Pre-College Program in Fall 2019 in Tianjin

Graduate Studies Program to Launch in Fall 2020 with Opening of New Building

NEW YORK—The Juilliard School in New York City announces the resident faculty for The Tianjin Juilliard School and that applications for the Saturday Pre-College program for young musicians ages 8 to 18 are now open. The school’s Graduate Studies programs, partnering with The Tianjin Conservatory of Music, all uniquely focused on collaborative musicianship, will launch in fall 2020, coinciding with the official opening of the new building.

The resident faculty members of The Tianjin Juilliard School have played in the world’s top symphony orchestras, have taught at prestigious conservatories, and won awards as soloists and chamber musicians. Members of the resident faculty at The Tianjin Juilliard School include Lee Allen (trombone), Niccolo Athens (Pre-College composition, ear training), Audrey Axinn (ensemble coach, graduate studies), Scott Bell (oboe), Joel Brennan (trumpet), Sheila Browne (viola, chamber music), Julia Glenn (Pre-College violin, music theory), Wei He (violin, chamber music), Gergely Ittzés (flute), Yeonjin Kim (cello, chamber music), Kyunghee Kim-Sutre (Pre-College harp, ensemble coach), Tomomi Kondo-Brennan (Pre-College ensemble coach), Yiwen Shen (new music ensemble, music theory), Allie Su (collaborative pianist, Pre-College ensemble coach), Guillaume Sutre (violin, chamber music), Xiaohan Wang (Pre-College piano, chamber music), Daxun Zhang (double bass), Xiangyu Zhou (clarinet), and Alvin Zhu (Pre-College piano, music history). For complete faculty bios, please visit tianjin.juilliard.edu/faculty. Resident faculty members will be presenting concerts, master classes, and recitals worldwide.

The Tianjin Juilliard School’s Pre-College program offers a comprehensive, conservatory-style music program for students ages 8-18 who exhibit the talent and potential to pursue serious music study. Pre-College students work with the school’s dedicated, world-class faculty and will be given ample opportunities to perform in solo, chamber, and orchestral concerts. The application for Pre-College studies at The Tianjin Juilliard School is now available at tianjin.juilliard.edu.

In the fall of 2020, The Tianjin Juilliard School, partnering with The Tianjin Conservatory of Music, will offer U.S.-accredited Master of Music degrees in orchestral studies, chamber music, and collaborative piano, pending approval by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Admission to Graduate Studies will be based on a competitive application and audition process. Prospective students can review admission requirements at Tianjin.juilliard.edu or contact [email protected] for additional information.

Joseph W. Polisi, chief China officer and president emeritus of The Juilliard School, said: “The Tianjin Juilliard School’s fundamental mission is to educate new generations of musicians, who can take the educational values they will acquire and bring those values and experiences to the artistic life of China, East Asia, and the world. We not only strive to develop complete musicians, but also happy and productive young adults who will become leaders in their respective fields in the time ahead.”

Damian Woetzel, president of The Juilliard School, said: “It is tremendously exciting to see The Tianjin Juilliard School taking shape as we build on more than a century of excellence in music education.”

Alexander Brose, executive director and CEO of The Tianjin Juilliard School, said: “We are pleased to introduce our Tianjin Juilliard resident faculty, who were hired after an international search led by Wei He, our artistic director and dean, in close consultation with the Juilliard faculty and administration in New York and with great support from Mr. Xu Changjun, the President of The Tianjin Conservatory of Music. These are outstanding performers and pedagogues from all over the world who are eager to embark on this new adventure and start a new chapter for Juilliard in China. We look forward to welcoming our first class of Pre-College students in Tianjin, presenting our resident faculty in concerts throughout China and beyond, and anticipating the start of the graduate studies program in fall of 2020.”


Located in Tianjin, China, the vibrant new facility, with its state-of-the-art teaching and performance spaces, will offer a learning environment fostering artistic, intellectual, and personal growth. This new extension of Juilliard also presents an opportunity to forge stronger ties between China and the United States through artistic expression. The buildings were designed by the New York-based architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the same firm responsible for the 2006-09 expansion of Juilliard’s iconic New York home. Residential housing will be available for students in the graduate studies program.  

The Tianjin Juilliard School will contribute to the development of artistic life in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei metropolitan area. The school plans to offer weekly public performances and outreach performances within the community. Tickets to these performances will be available to the public for free or at a very low cost. As many as 150 performances every year will be presented in the 687-seat concert hall, 299-seat recital hall, and 250-seat black-box theater.

About The Tianjin Juilliard School 

Opening in 2019, The Tianjin Juilliard School brings Juilliard’s artistic and educational mission to a wider global audience. The Tianjin Juilliard School will be the first performing arts institution in China to offer a U.S.-accredited Master of Music degree, pending approval by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. This new campus will offer a graduate program for a Master of Music degree from Juilliard in orchestral studies, chamber music, or collaborative piano; a Pre-College program for students ages 8-18; an instrumental training program; adult education; and public performances.  

Juilliard is developing the school in partnership with The Tianjin Conservatory of Music, the Tianjin Binhai New Area C.B.D. Administrative Commission, and the Tianjin Innovative Finance Investment Company (T.I.F.I.). The Tianjin Juilliard School will be a center for performance, practice, research, and interactive exhibitions, with communal spaces that are designed to welcome the public into the creative process and performance of music. 

About The Juilliard School

Founded in 1905, The Juilliard School is a world leader in performing arts education. Juilliard’s mission is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors from around the world so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens.

Located at Lincoln Center in New York City, Juilliard offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in dance, drama (acting and playwriting), and music (classical, jazz, historical performance, and vocal arts). Currently more than 800 artists from 40 states and 38 countries are enrolled at Juilliard, where they appear in more than 700 annual performances in the school’s five theaters; at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and David Geffen halls and at Carnegie Hall; as well as other venues around New York City, the country, and the world. Beyond its New York campus, Juilliard is defining new directions in global performing arts education for a range of learners and enthusiasts through The Tianjin Juilliard School and K-12 educational curricula.

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Maggie Berndt

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Juilliard Announces Resident Faculty Members for The Tianjin Juilliard School (Rendering by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro)