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The new Bösendorfer grand has arrived in the Wuhan Quintai Arts Center

On November 4, the first concert will be played on the new Bösendorfer Imperial in the concert hall of the Wuhan Quintai Arts Center. The pianists are Professor Jiang of the Wuhan Conservatory as well as prizewinners of international piano competitions.

Approximately 500 guests are expected this coming Wednesday for the opening concert of the sonically powerful Bösendorfer grand: the directorate and faculty of the Wuhan Conservatory, famous artists from Wuhan's musical circle and many well-known personalities from politics, culture and business.

Six floors tall: the modern concert hall of the Wuhan Quintai Arts Center (Hubei province)

Six floors tall: the modern concert hall of the Wuhan Quintai Arts Center (Hubei province)

The Bösendorfer Imperial brings the Viennese sound to Wuhan.

The Bösendorfer Imperial brings the Viennese sound to Wuhan.

The concert hall complex of the Wuhan Quintai Arts Center encompasses roughly 3.6 million square meters of surface area and is six floors or 37 meters tall. Embedded within it are the famous Symphony Hall that seats 1600 and Chamber Music Hall with just under 430 seats. Likewise in the modern cultural building are numerous arts halls and rehearsal rooms.

The interior of the concert hall complex is shaped like a "classic European shoe box," popular the world over -- with the result that music and sound flood through the rooms and give the audience a rich, holistic musical experience.

Just under 4.3 million residents live in Wuhan, the capital city of the Hubei province.

Just under 4.3 million residents live in Wuhan, the capital city of the Hubei province.

Considerable praise from the acceptance experts

Upon delivery of Bösendorfer's top model, the Imperial, to the Wuhan Quintai Art Center on October 20, the acceptance experts from the Wuhan Conservatory were thrilled by its wonderful sound and gave the instrument considerable praise (see following translation):

Receipt confirmation 
This Bösendorfer 290 grand has an outstanding quality. The beautiful sound of the treble is clear and transparent, the bass full and powerful. The playability is very pleasing. The piano worthily shows that Bösendorfer is now the top instrument in the world."
Model: 290 Imperial
Serial number: 49041
Liping JANG
Chair of keyboard department, Wuhan Konservatorium China
10/20/2009


Mr. Shi, the Bösendorfer partner in China, spontaneously decided to support the Wuhan Conservatory as exclusive sponsor and to present a concert for the pianists of the well-known music school. (rulö)

The acceptance experts from the Wuhan Conservatory were thrilled by the new Bösendorfer grand...

The acceptance experts from the Wuhan Conservatory were thrilled by the new Bösendorfer grand...

... and with them the visibly proud Bösendorfer partner Yan Shi from "Golden Hall Music" in Beijing (background, center).

... and with them the visibly proud Bösendorfer partner Yan Shi from "Golden Hall Music" in Beijing (background, center).

Wuhan Conservatory of Music

Located in the No 255 Jiefang Road of Wuhan, the Wuhan Conservatory of Music aims to nurture special musical talents. The conservatory boasts a distinguished history with its forerunner, the music department of the Wuchang Technical School of Art, founded in 1928. The conservatory has trained over 800 musical intellectuals in 70 years. The conservatory's name has
changed many times, finally settling down as the Wuhan Conservatory of Music.

Duties and Tasks
The conservatory was authorized to confer the masters degree in music. The conservatory's education focuses on undergraduates and supplements postgraduates. The conservatory has also included primary and middle schools under its administration. In compliance with the need of musical education, the conservatory has set up an education school for adults (certification) and training centers (no certification).
Establishment
The conservatory now has departments in composition, director of music and stereo, musicology, wind music, string music, folk music, vocal music, piano, musical education and dancing. The conservatory is also equipped with a Bianzhong (an ancient musical instrument with 16 bells) concert hall, which boasts the best sound effects, a radio and audio center, musical laboratory center, vocal laboratory, digital sound recording studio, mass media classroom and modern facilities for the classroom. In 2003, the conservatory set up a new archaeological center for Chinese music and a training center for China's Taoist musical research.
Major Achievements
Some of the school's musical groups have reached international acclaim, such as the Orient Symphony Orchestra, established by students and teachers of the wind and string music department; the China Bianzhong Orchestra, established by the students and teachers of the folk music department; and the chorus of the Wuhan Conservatory of Music, established by the vocal music department. In the spring of 2002, the Orient Symphony Orchestra was invited to Austria and successfully performed at the Vienna-China New Spring Concert in both the Golden Hall of Vienna and the Centurial Hall of Frankford. (shi)

(Photo credits: goldenhall; creativecommons.org; wuhan conservatory)