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Professor Pan Yi Ming ( Western Music )


Date: 25 November 2015

Time: 19:00 – 20:30


Pan Yi Ming was born in Shanghai on 9th July 1937 and began his piano studies at very young age. He entered The Central Conservatory of Music in 1954 and obtained his Bachelor degree in 1959. The pianists and teachers who gave him great influence would include Prof. Li Chang Sun(China), C. Stavenska(Poland) and Prof. D. Klavchenko(Russia). He won The First Prize in The Conservatory Piano Competition in 1957. He had been teaching piano music at The Central Conservatory of Music from 1959 to 1991. He was appointed as the Associate Professor and Piano Professor in Beijing and also became the Deputy Director of The Piano Department from 1983 to 1991. From 1991, Prof. Pan settled down in Singapore and teaching in Lasalle-SIA , the College of Arts till 2008.

Professor Pan Yi Ming has been teaching piano for more than fifty years. Many of his students won prizes from The National Competitions of China and International Piano Competitions(including 1st prize winner). Currently, many of his students are teaching at The Central Conservatory of Music(China), and others teaching at The Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris(France), The Royal College of Music(Canada) and several conservatories in America. In July year 2000, his students from all over the world held a ceremony for Prof. Pan to mark his Forty Years of Teaching. It was held in the States. In July of 2007, his students held another concert in The Conservatory of Music in Beijing to cerebrate his 70th birthday.

Besides piano teaching, Prof. Pan Yi Ming also gave recitals and concerto concerts in the main cities in China such as Beijing, Tianjin, Chengdu and Xi-An etc. He was invited to give recitals for the radio broadcasting at the Central People’s Broadcasting Station from 1978 to 1985. He has made records in China which including the major works by Beethoven, Chopin, Granados etc. and the works by many most famous Chinese composers. He gave joint recitals with American Piano Professor Jacob Latiener(Julliard Music School) and Professor Razits(Indiana University) in Beijing.

He has written many articles on piano performing and teaching. He edited the first Chinese edition of the western music “The Album of 45 Piano Sonatas by Scarlatti” and “The Foreign Piano Pieces for The Young”(Vol. 1-6). He also composed piano music that includes the famous piano concerto “The Youth Piano Concerto”(for piano and Chinese traditional orchestra) with other Chinese musicians. The Concerto was published and recorded in China.

Before Professor Pan came to Singapore in 1991, he was a jury of National Piano Competitions of China. He was a member of The Resources Panel of National Arts Council of Singapore. He was also invited as a jury of The National Music Competitions of Singapore in 1991,1993 and 1995. In 1995, his student won the first prize in the Open Category and was awarded the top prize “The Best Performer Award” in the 10th National Music Competition of Singapore.

His name is listed in “The Famous Figures of the Contemporary Arts Circles in China”, and also listed in “The 26th International Biography Dictionary” and “Who is Who of Intellectuals”, “International Who is Who in Music and Musicians” published by Cambridge Biography Centre of England.