Distinguished German publisher signs first Chinese musician

One of the world's oldest music publishing houses signed its first Chinese composer today in Shanghai, amidst other collaborations with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
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Composer Shen Ye

One of the world’s oldest music publishing houses signed its first Chinese composer today in Shanghai, amidst other forthcoming collaborations with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

Breitkopf & Hartel is now the publishing and commissioning agent of 42-year-old composer Shen Ye, an associated professor of composition and orchestration at the conservatory.

An alumnus of the institution, Shen has been a visiting scholar and lecturer in Germany and France before returning to teach at his alma mater. He has also collaborated with and been commissioned by symphony orchestras and music festivals from across the world.

The German publisher, Breitkopf & Hartel, founded in 1719, has a long and prolific history with top musicians, including Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Frederic Chopin and Johannes Brahms, among many others.

As the conservatory celebrates the 70th birthday of the People's Republic of China and its contemporary music achievements, and the publisher commemorates its 300th anniversary, a selected series of the conservatory’s contemporary works will be published in Germany. The two will also host a series of international seminars and other music events.

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