Juilliard's China Plans Move Forward

September 28, 2015
The Juilliard School announced on Monday that it was moving forward with plans to expand in China, saying that it had received "preliminary approval" to build, with several Chinese partners, a school in Tianjin that would offer a master's degree program.

The announcement was made by Juilliard's president, Joseph W. Polisi, as China's first lady, Peng Liyuan, a well-known singer, visited the school at Lincoln Center.

Juilliard has been hoping to open a school in China for several years. It said on Monday that it expected to open its Tianjin Juilliard School in 2018, in a new facility designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, which worked on the expansion of its New York home. In addition to a graduate degree program, the Tianjin school would offer a precollege program and music lessons to students of all ages. Juilliard said that it was working with partners including the Tianjin Conservatory of Music, the Tianjin Binhai New Area CBD Administrative Commission and the Tianjin Innovative Finance Investment Company to develop the new school.

China is seen as a huge growth market for classical music and music education. The New York Philharmonic recently helped establish the Shanghai Orchestra Academy, which aims to train and prepare emerging musicians to play with orchestras around the world, with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

The New York Times
By Michael Cooper
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