Principal and musical director of Beijing Eastbank Academy of Music
Everyone faces choices that will determine one’s personal values and life path.
Looking back, I believe that Beijing Eastbank Academy of Music and The Juilliard School are two milestones of my life. Chinese education prioritizes fundamental training that instills discipline and a hard-working attitude in students. Western education, on the other hand, emphasizes individuality and creativity. To be a successful musician, one is better served to balance both the Chinese and the Western educational philosophies and approaches. Influenced by different cultural backgrounds, we embrace diversity. In 2003, I returned to China and began my teaching career, with the mission to bring back this philosophy of diversity to my home country and to Beijing Eastbank Academy of Music
With a rigorous learning atmosphere and ever-improving spirit, Beijing Eastbank Academy of Music prepares talented students for world-class music institutions and comprehensive universities. BEAM strictly controls the student-faculty ratio and balances music and academic courses. BEAM maintains strong relationships with top institutions worldwide and provides customized college counseling for each student.
We hope that all BEAM students share the qualities of our school: dedication, truth-seeking spirit, proactive attitude, curiosity in the unknown, and courage in the face of challenges and obstacles - because this is how we grow.
Bertrand Russell, a British philosopher, once said: “Diversity is essential to happiness; success is not the mass production under a single standard.” In an ideal educational system, a thousand students should have a thousand paths and modes to success. Individuality and excellence are not mutually exclusive. Diversity is rooted in a fundamental goal: to be a well-rounded person who is confident because of critical thinking and creativity, and happy because of love and responsibility.
Doubtlessly, talented musicians in the 21st century are diversified individuals. Enrolling in BEAM is a crucial first step in Chinese music students’ development into well-rounded and diversified artists. BEAM is a place where your dreams become true.