Ding Shande

Ding Shande
November 12, 1911-December 8, 1995


Ding Shande, a native of Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, was former Vice President of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, a modern composer, pianist, and music educator in China.

   Ding graduated from Shanghai School of Music with a bachelor's degree in music in 1935. He studied under the tutorship of Borodin Zakharov, a famous pianist in Russia, making him the first pianist in China to hold a piano recital and to record albums. In 1941, he set up Shanghai Private Music College and then devoted himself to composition. In 1945, he performed the piano suite Trip in Spring, which made a name for himself. In 1947, Ding went to France for studies. After Liberation (1949), he served as Dean of the Composition Department and Vice-President of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Vice President of the Chinese Musicians Association, making tremendous contributions to cultivate composers and promote the development of Chinese music. His works covered the symphony, chamber music, piano pieces, and artistic songs in various fields, best represented by “Long March Symphony”, the chorus Ode to the Huangpu River, and the children's piano suite Happy Festival. When serving as Vice President of the Chinese Musicians Association and the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, he organized many performances such as many sessions of performance “Spring in Shanghai” and served as a jury member of various international piano competitions.

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