– School Founding Artist
ZHU YiBing is a Chinese cellist, one of the most influential Chinese cellists in the world. He contributed a lot in spreading ensemble music all over China. His team China Philharmonic Cellists is made up by 12 excellent Chinese cellists and they frequently give concerts all over the country, spreading the idea of music and artists’ love. He went to Europe to pursue music studies in 1983. In France, he studied with Maurice Gendron. In 1986 he was awarded several prizes in an international cello competition in Geneva, which made him the first Chinese cellist that had won an international competition. ZHU graduated from the Conservatoire de Paris in 1987 with Summa Cum Laude, becoming the third Chinese musician (Ma Sicong, Xian Xinghai) who ever got a degree with merit from the Conservatoire de Paris. Then ZHU began to study on 20th century music, working with Inter Contemporain and Pierre Boulez. In 2004, after 21 years’ studying and playing in Europe, ZHU came back to China and was appointed as Professor of orchestra instruments at the Central Conservatory of Music and the head of its Cello Teaching & Research Section.