Who We Are
Bordering Hong Kong in the south by a river, Shenzhen was established as a Special Economic Zone in 1980, Shenzhen is now well-known as a global technology hub and is dubbed by the media as the China Silicon Valley. In 2019, Shenzhen was ranked 14th in the Global Financial Centres Index and is the third busiest container port in the world. With the actual administrative population close to 20 million spreading over 9 municipalities, its GDP surpassed Hong Kong in 2018 mounting to 2.42 trillion RMB. It has been ranked second on the list "top 10 cities to visit in 2019" by Lonely Planet
Shenzhen has been committed to cultural development in recent years. At the end of 2018, aiming at a world-class city and focusing on its future development needs, Shenzhen municipal government announced to build "ten cultural facilities of the new era", which included a number of landmark facilities representing the city. Shenzhen Conservatory of Music is one of the "Ten Cultural Facilities of the New Era" and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen was entrusted to establish it.
In accordance with the construction idea of "first-rate facilities, first-rate faculty, first-rate teaching philosophy and first-rate education system", the School of Music boldly explores and innovates in the process of running the school. Meanwhile, it strives to build itself into an international, innovative and world-class music institution and consistently transform talents to masters.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen
CUHK-Shenzhen was established in accordance with the Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Chinese-foreign Cooperation in Running Schools upon approval of the Ministry of Education. It inherits the educational philosophy and academic systems of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and is committed to nurturing high-end talent with global perspective, Chinese tradition and social responsibility. It offers 4-year undergraduate programmes plus postgraduate studies. Currently with around 6,700 undergraduate and postgraduate students, CUHK-Shenzhen offers programmes in science and engineering, economic and management, humanities and social science, life and health science, and in data science. Most of the courses in CUHK-Shenzhen are taught in English.
The School of Music
The School of Music is formally established in 2020. The student recruitment will begin with the Performance Stream with majors in Piano, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and Voice. Other majors in Performance (Conducting, Chinese Music, Musical Theatre) and the other three streams (Musicology, Composition, and Dance) will commence respectively. A purpose-built campus will be completed by end of 2024. The international recruitment of the Dean and the professors are in progress.
The School of Music has 4 Areas of Concentration namely Composition, Musicology, Music Performance and Dance.
The curriculum of Music Performance programme aims at producing learned professional performers. The programme is unique in its overall design for an instrumentalist or vocalist to go through a comprehensive training so that upon graduation, they will be versatile musicians capable to be a soloist and a member in a professional performing organization.
In addition to the practical courses relating to Performance, the elective courses cover a wide range of practical and professional subjects much needed in the society. They include subjects in music therapy, music management and promotion, recording and editing, world music and popular music, etc. The required course Ethics and Entrepreneurship in Arts will assure the graduates to become a responsible person making positive contribution to society. As such, the graduates in Music Performance can immediately enter the professional world to provide contribution in different music-related positions, from performance to research to management.