Tan Xiaotang (谭小棠) and ensemble perform the songs of Joe Hisaishi at the Qingdao Grand Theatre on August 26. The group will be playing compositions by Hisaishi including HANA-BI, Summer, Madness, Ballade, and more. Purchase tickets at the venue or by calling 400-610-3721 (Mandarin speaking).

When: August 26, 7.30 pm
Venue: Qingdao Grand Theatre / 青岛大剧院
Location: 5 Yunling Lu, Laoshan district / 云岭路5号
Tickets: 100-580 yuan (RMB)
More Info: 8066.5555

More background info on Tan Xiaotang:

TAN Xiaotang was born in Beijing, China in 1979. He started piano at five and was placed first at the Chinese Hope Cup Piano Competition at the age of twelve. Having scored the highest of all applicants, he entered the piano department of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China in 1998. There he studied under Professor Yang Jun who himself is a famous pianist and teacher. TAN Xiaotang was awarded a number of scholarships while studying at the Central Conservatory of Music and was also highly regarded in numerous piano competitions and concerts. After graduating at the top of the class in 2002, TAN Xiaotang went on to graduate school at the Central Conservatory of Music by special recommendation. In the same year, he won 1st place in the Golden Bell Award Piano Competition, one of the most prestigious competitions in China. In 2003, he enrolled in Hochschule des Saarlandes für Musik und Theater in Germany to pursue his dream to become a successful pianist and has been studying under Professor Thomas Duis since then.

He has also had the good fortune of being tutored by Mr. Ugorski and Mr. Fou Tsong, both of whom are prominent pianists. He has had a busy schedule, performing with various orchestras both in China and in various other countries, specifically in France, Germany and Poland. He is highly appraised for his outstanding techniques and his magnificent expressive performances by critics and audiences alike. Most recently, he won first place in the piano section at the 2nd Sendai International Music Competition held in June, 2004.

In December of 2005, he won first place in 9th Grand Prix Animato Rencontre Internationale Des Jeunes Pianistes in Paris, France. Tan has performed recitals and concertos with China National Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of China National Opera, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra and Morocco Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Qingdao Grand Theatre

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