Pianist, Composer, Head of Teaching & Research, Central Conservatory of Music
14 June 2017
Born in Wuhan, China, Chen Xin Ruo began to study piano at the age of five. He entered the affiliated high school of Wuhan Conservatory of Music in 1993, during which he studied composition under his father, Prof. Chen Guoquan. In 1996, he continued his undergraduate studies in composition with Prof. Luo Xinmin at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He obtained his Master’s and Doctoral’s degree in 2004 and 2008 under Prof. Guo Wenjing, one of the famous Chinese contemporary music composers.
In 2003, Chen Xinruo collaborated with famed clarinetist Wang Tao and formed “Children’s Garden”. As a piano and clarinet duo, they have released six albums in the style of pop and crossover by Primal Beat Creations (PBC) Music, Taiwan. The fourth album, “Send You a Blue Gift for Winter 送你冬日蓝”, won the Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 18th Taiwan Golden Melody Awards in 2007. In 2012, the sixth album, “Love Without Boundaries 爱无界”, won the Best Composer of Pop Instrumental Album in the 23th Taiwan Golden Melody Awards.
Chen Xin Ruo is also an active arranger and music director at many live concerts in China. Between 2008 and 2016, he has worked with famous pop singers including Faye Wong, Chen Chusheng, and Tan Wei-wei. He was also the orchestral arranger for the Film Soundtrack Concert of famous director Feng Xiaogang in 2011.
Histextbook “Keyboard Harmony and Improvisation” was published by Central Conservatory of Music Press in November 2016. Hs Guqin concerto “Jin Shang” (Wine Ecstasy, Guqin: Zhao Xiaoxia, Conductor: Shao En) received its first performance by China National Symphony Orchestra at Zhong Shan Music Hall in February 2017. In March, he composed the scores for the film “What a Wonderful Family”, directed by Huang Lei.