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Pang Kapang

Pang Kapang

Pang Kapang is a top conductor and has been Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Suzhou Chinese Orchestra since June 2017.

In 1992, Kapang obtained his master’s degree in conducting at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. In 1996, he was the first Asian conductor to be awarded the prize of the Kirill Kondraschin Master Class. In 1997, he successfully completed the International Kiev Conducting Master Class top of his class. In 1998, he was appointed as Chief Conductor of the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra.

In 2000, he successfully conducted “Das Große Chinesische Neujahrskonzert” at the Musikverein in Vienna, where he went on to conduct concerts for over thirteen years, strongly contributing to the diffusion of Chinese music. Together with renowned Chinese orchestras, he toured across Switzerland, Germany and the United States. Orchestras from Japan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Austria invited him as a guest conductor.

In 2013, he started taking an opera-conducting course with Konrad Leitner at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, which he graduated in 2015.

Kapang is proficient in both, Chinese and western culture. He actively participates in the exploration and development of Chinese symphonic music as well as in the emergence of a distinct Chinese opera and orchestral tradition. He was highly acclaimed for his conducting of Die Wildnis at the first Chinese Opera Festival and of La Traviata at the second Chinese Opera Festival.