Jiang Li, widely acclaimed as a new generation of Chinese composer in this country as well as in mainland China. Many of his works have been performed and published. He is well known and well established in the Chinese music arena in the UK. He continues to add to his wide repertoire of music.
Jiang Li showed his musical gift at an early age. His first performance was an acting role as a principal character in a famous Chinese new opera in the Shenzhen City Celebration Concert at the age of 6. He became a soloist accordian player for the "Baoan" Art Troupe when he was 16.
During the early 80's, hebecame the first modern Chinese musician that worked for the first foreign owned hotel in southern China. Within a very short time he had progressed to form his first band which combined Chinese traditional instruments and western instruments together. It was believed to be the finest band in Southern China.
After Jiang Li completed his degree in music composition at the Xinghai Music University, he worked as a composer for various radio stations and record companies in the south of China, including China Record Company in Guang Dong.
In February 1987, as a composer and band leader, he lead his band and represented Shenzhen City travelling to Holland, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom on tour. He then worked as a composer, computer programmer, and sound engineer for "Music City" studio in Hong Kong.
Jiang Li came to England in 1990 and studied Music Technology at Huddersfield Technical College. Since then he has continued to write, performs and teaches music within a wide range of communities. As a workshop leader, he also runs Chinese traditional music workshops for schools and other educational establishments. Within his role as a founder of China People Promotions, he actively promotes Chinese culture and Chinese traditional arts. (www.chinapeoplepromotions.org). A Northampton based not-for-profit organisation promoting Chinese arts and culture throughout UK.
In 2003, Jiang Li's work in his field and his creativity were acknowledged and he was awarded a three year fellowship from NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) to develop his Global Musical Collaboration Network. Jiang Li's ambition is to use the latest technology to provide professional musicians as well as young people opportunities to work with one another from far distances and from different cultural backgrounds, in particular the link up between China and the West.
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