As one of the most active and dynamic composers in contemporary China, Fang Dongqing engages in composition of a large number of music works in different themes and genres such as symphony, dance drama, chamber music, instrumental music, vocal music, national music, large-scale night gala on TV as well as film and TV music. His music works were always performed during famous international music festivals held in the US, Germany, the UK, Italy, Poland, Japan and Taiwan as well as put on the stage of many top-notch concert halls at home and abroad, including Fountain Theater in Rome of Italy, Rid Hall in the UK, Royal Chapel of Scotland (founded in 1688), ED LENDRETH HALL (founded in 1873) in the US as well as National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Shenzhen Grand Theatre, Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou, etc. His representative works Five Techniques in Chinese Operas and Lin Chong won two state-level top prizes for the music field, namely Silver Award in the 5th Golden Bell Award for Music (The Gold Award is Left Vacant) — the top award for Chinese music and the First Prize in International Composition Contest during Shanghai Spring International Music Festival, in which Five Techniques in Chinese Operas, as a classic piece of contemporary cello music work, was selected and included in Volume of Chamber Music, Collection of Classic Music of China in 100 Years and made Fang Dongqing the youngest composer whose music work was selected and included into the project. Moreover, he was awarded with various art prizes for dozens of music works other than the abovementioned works, including First Prize in Yanhuang Cup Chamber Music Composition Contest of China, the Silver Award for Composition Category in China International Vocal Competition in 2004, the 3rd Prize in Palatino Awards for Piano Music Composition Contest of China, the 1st Prize in Music Composition National Chamber Music Composition Contest, Prize of Excellent Work in New Century Cup Artistic Song Composition Contest of China, Prize of Excellent Work in TMSK Composition Contest for Chamber Music Works of China, Prize of Excellent Work in 211 Fine Chamber Music Project of Central Conservatory of Music, title of Excellent Song for Nationwide Fitness Program in 2011 awarded by General Administration of Sport of China, etc.
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In October 2007, carrying his music work Five Techniques in Chinese Operas, Fang Dongqing, on behalf of Central Conservatory of Music, conducted academic exchange with Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble and achieved great success. In November 2008, Nugeirile— Folk Dance of Ewenki People (trio version), another representative work of Fang Dongqing, was performed by David Geringas during tour performances in Germany and Japan, which was later premiered in Shenzhen Grand Theatre of China and achieved a great success.
Since being awarded with the Prize of Excellent Work in TMSK Liu Tianhua Award International Composition Contest for Folk Music and Instrumental Music for his music work Wind, Fog and Rill for Chinese zither in 2007, Fang Dongqing has been maintaining a great state in composition and a high frequency of performance at concerts. In recent years, he completed the composition of several music works for Chinese zither in succession including When Clouds Rise, Literates, Charm of Autumn, Dance of Ice and Fire, Dunhuang—Flying Apsaras, Cordyceps Sinensis and Three States of Zen Buddhism, which were performed around the world and deemed to be preferred modern music works performed at concerts by contemporary Chinese zither performers and touchstones for testing modern musicianship for Chinese zither performance.
After Concert of Fang Dongqing’s Music Works was specially reported by CCTV Music Channel in 2008, 10 pieces of music works composed by Fang Dongqing were selected by CCTV and broadcasted in a TV program of CCTV Music Channel named Let Music Tell You.
From 2009 to 2010, Fang Dongqing acted as music director for two large-scale evening galas, namely Evening Gala for Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Undertaking held by CCTV and Cheering for the 2010 Asian Games in Macao held by Variety Channel of CCTV, and re-arranged and re-produced many classic songs and music of many countries around the world, which were successfully put on the stage of the Great Hall of the People for party and state leaders and diplomatic envoys from various countries.
In 2009, music scores of Fang Dongqing’s works were published by People’s Music Publishing House as the exclusive agency.
In July 2010, Chinatown, a music work for symphony orchestra composed by Fang Dongqing based on the commission of Morningside Music Bridge Mount Royal University in Canada, was successfully performed during Morningside Music Bridge International Music Festival held in Calgary, Canada, which was live recorded and globally released by MKiDN, an international record company.
In September 2011, Asian Copper, Unity of Nature and Human Beings, a large-scale dance drama combining poetry and music for which Fang Dongqing composed music works based on commission of Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, was successfully put on the stage of Fountain Theater in Rome of Italy, laying a solid foundation for Fang Dongqing in heading to the international stage.
In spring of 2012, an album named Qing plus Cello composed by Fang Dongqing was released by China Record Corporation synchronously at home and abroad. This album was jointly created and produced by Fang Dongqing and Ms. Na Mula, a leading cellist, famous educator and performer in China, which served as the first and a pioneer album of original cello music in China. In the same year, Fang Dongqing was specially invited to be a composer of Eighteen Passages Played with Nomad Flute for the 3rd Session of Workshop Held by The National Ballet of China, who composed and produced all music works for the dance drama.
In autumn of 2012, at the invitation of The University of Edinburgh in the UK, Fang Dongqing and National Orchestra under Peking University Chinese Music Institute went to the UK to engage in academic exchange activities and performed piano concerto Moist—Autumn and well-received music work for Chinese zither Wind, Fog and Rill composed by Fang Dongqing in Rid Hall with 100 years of history and Royal Chapel of Scotland founded in 1688, which created an unprecedented sensation there. International media including BBC conducted a comprehensive coverage about the abovementioned performances.
In winter of 2013, Fang Dongqing completed the composition of all music works used in a large-scale TV drama called Meng’s Palace (Director: Zhang Ting; Starring: Duan Yihong and Chen Chong). In spring of the same year, large-scale chamber music work Drunken Master composed by Fang Dongqing was premiered in China by well-know cellist Castro Balbi Jesus and pianist Gloria Lin, which kicked off the tour performance of this piece of work in the US in 2013. In the same year, Let Panda Fly, a film for which Fang Dongqing served as Music Supervisor, was selected and included into competition during the 29th Warsaw Film Festival and premiered in Warsaw, Poland.
In summer of 2013, representative works of Fang Dongqing including Nugeirile—Folk Dance of Ewenki People and Sick for Home (Cello Version) were selected and performed in a series of concerts named Glory Blossoms, a high-end music platform of China Central Television, which were performed in China Theater with famous Chinese cellist Na Mula as the head performer and synchronously broadcasted around the globe. Meanwhile, as art/music director, Fang Dongqing cooperated with China Record Corporation for the second time and produced China’s first audio-visual collection of romantic music plus record Vision of Fang Dongqing, audio-visual collection of Fang Dongqing’s works. In addition, heading a top-notch music production team in Asia, Fang Dongqing composed a large-scale song for public benefit named Calling You Teacher (lyrics by Su Liu).
In 2014, Yanshi, the second ballet composed by Fang Dongqing based on joint commission of The National Ballet of China and Beijing Dance Academy, was successfully premiered in Tianqiao Theater and put on the stage of Beijing Dance Academy once more in the winter of the same year. In the summer of 2014, Fang Dongqing completed the composition of all original music works for large-scale TV drama named Our Glorious Days, which were firstly recorded by China Philharmonic Orchestra. Cordyceps Sinensis (for Chinese zither, 29-string Konghou and percussion music), the latest national instrumental music work composed by Fang Dongqing was performed on November 15 during the 2nd Session of Music Festival for Plucked String Instruments held by Central Conservatory of Music, creating a sensation.
As a musician committing to international and social music exchange, Fang Dongqing has been composing commissioned music works for excellent musicians and large-scale institutions around the world, including Morningside Music Bridge Mount Royal University in Canada, Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Asia Philharmonic Orchestra, Beijing Modern Music Festival, China Central Television, General Administration of Sport of China, The National Ballet of China, Peking University Chinese Music Institute, etc.
....still dreams of a universal comprehension of the world and its people, of the unity of arts and science. ...a multifaceted musical persona, incorporating several autonomous characters. There is the composer for the concert hall and musical theatre with an extensive repertoire,...the composer for film and television, ...the musician as pianist, organist and conductor, ...the sound designer in the recording studio, ...the musicologist (with a long list of publications), ...the author who asks questions on cultural psychology in books and essays, ...the teacher (as Doctor Professor) at the Music and Theatre Academy in Munich.... and the politician in cultural affairs as Member of the Board of GEMA (German Authors Rights Society), President of German Composers Association, Chair of German Music Council.
MUSIC — THE LANGUAGE OF THE UNIVERSE AND THE LANGUAGE OF FREEDOM.
Music is art — versus commerce and capitalism.
Enjott Schneider Member of the Supervisory Board of GEMA , President of German Composers Association DKV, Chair of the German Music Council. He was born in Weil am Rhein (Germany) in 1950. He studied music and musicology in Freiburg (im Breisgau) and was awarded his PhD in 1977.
From 1979-2012 he taught at the University of Music and performing arts in Munich (first as professor of the theory of music, later — starting in 1996 — as professor of composing for films).
He has published books dealing with time and rhythm and with composing for films.
He has himself written more than 1000 soundtracks, for major films like «Stalingrad», «23», «Schlafes Bruder» «Armageddon», «Stauffenberg» and TV- Productions ranging from soap operas to epic TV-movies.
Enjott Schneider has created numerous compositions for the stage and the genres of chamber, orchestral and chamber music, and special consideration needs to be given to seven operas, such as «The Salome-Principle» (Gelsenkirchen 2000), «Gatekeeper Thiel» (Görlitz 2004) and «Fürst Pückler — I’m a child of fantasy» (Görlitz 2006), and also three orchestral symphonies «Bell- Symphony: A Song to life» based on texts from the Buchenwald concentration camp (Cathedral Steps Festival Erfurt 1999) and «Sisyphos» (Herkules Hall Munich 2001), «Chinese Seasons» (Leoben 2008). Works are performed worldwide from New York, Brasil, Canada to Taiwan, China, Japan, Russia.
Schneider was awarded the Bavarian Film Prize for «Rama Dama» (dir. J.Vilsmaier), the German Filmprize for «Wildfeuer» (dir. J.Baier) and for «Silent Shadows» (dir. Sherry Horman), and the fipa d’or (best film music) for «Jahrestage» (Margarethe von Trotta). 2007 Deutscher Fernsehpreis" (best film score) for «Die Flucht» (dir. K. Wessel) and «Nicht alle waren Moerder» (J. Baier).
A special interest of his is composing organ music (16 large organ symphonies, 2 organ concertos) and sacred music (8 large oratorios, works for choirs). A series of CDs «Enjott Schneider: Sacred Music (Volume 1-11)» with the label «ambiente audio» documents some of these compositions. Schneider’s music reflects a wide range of genres from avantgarde to film, and seeks to tap the creative potential of contrasting streams within a postmodern ethos.