Maestro Xu Zhong Conductor/Pianist
Xu Zhong is both a distinguished musician and an expert in arts management and education and has made significant contributions to the prosperity of art and the promotion of cultural exchanges between China and foreign countries.
He has won numerous prestigious international competitions, performed as a soloist at the most prestigious music festivals and regularly appears as a jury member at renowned international piano competitions. He has also worked with numerous prestigious orchestras and conducted at leading opera houses in Europe and across the world.
As an impassioned educator Xu Zhong’s administrative work is imbued with the same passion he brings to the stage and in 2010 he was awarded the Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and was promoted as the Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2018 by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication for his contributions in classic music and cultural exchange.
In 2021 he will produce and conduct Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana/Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, and lead this production of the Shanghai Opera House for a national tour. For a full biography go to: http://www.maestroxuzhong.com/home/Index
The David Seligman Opera School
Established in 2017, the David Seligman Opera School at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama offers a fully integrated operatic training experience.
Building on the College’s remarkable track record in the field of opera, and in association with Welsh National Opera (WNO), the Opera School provides enhanced opportunities for students to work with, and learn from, leading international artists and practitioners. In addition to specialist programmes of study for singers, directors and repetiteurs, the Opera School creates new opportunities for instrumental performers, conductors, stage managers, designers and composers to work together in a unique and world-class training environment.
The David Seligman Opera School provides a unique training environment in which the concept of ‘company’ is at the centre of the working ethos. The combined, extensive operatic experience of our specialist teachers brings a clear perspective on the demands and requirements of the industry. Their mentoring is complemented by input from a wide range of visiting artists, singers, coaches and opera company professionals.
The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, the National Conservatoire of Wales, and part of the University of South Wales Group, operates within its international peer group of conservatoires and specialist arts colleges. It trains young artists drawn from 50 countries to provide a constant flow of emerging talent into the music and theatre industries and related professions. In 2020 the College became the first ‘Steinway-Exclusive Conservatoire’ in Europe, building on its All-Steinway status and taking delivery of a further 24 Steinways to create a world-leading Steinway fleet of pianos.