Highly tuneful, virtuosic piano and instrumental music from the years of the Great Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966 â 76). Repertoire is almost completely unknown in the West. Album features officially sanctioned ”propaganda music,” compositions originating from tribal Chinese minorities, and works by politically persecuted and even imprisoned composers. Several tracks feature Tian's highly evocative arrangements for piano, accompanied by traditional Chinese instruments like the pipa (lute), bamboo flutes, and Chinese hand drum.
Tian Jiang was born in Shanghai during the great famine that was part of the Cultural Revolution. His father, a singer of Western opera, and his mother, a dentist, were condemned as "intellectuals." Although a child prodigy, beginning his study of piano at five and his performance career at seven, Tian was denied admission to music school because of his family background. He made his professional debut at age thirteen at the Shanghai Spring International Music Festival, and graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. One of the first artists allowed to leave China after the Cultural Revolution, Tian continued his studies at the Juilliard School, and now resides in New York City.
Exciting audiences in Europe, Asia, North and South America, Tian has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic of London, the Houston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Singapore Symphony, the Philippine Philharmonic, the Singapore Symphony, Shanghai Symphony and the Central Philharmonic of China.
â¢ "A formidable technique ... shining, crisp, energetic and colorfully illuminatedâ¦” New York Times
â¢ Solo pianist / composer Tian [Jiang], who hails from China â¦ has a notable career as a classical performer." Billboard
â¢ "In the outer movements all of the barnstorming moments were brilliantly dispatched. But it was the tenderness of Tian's playing of the beautiful slower tunes which lingered in the audience's memory". London Times
â¢ “China's Tian Jiang is one of the world's most exciting pianists â¦”
South China Morning Post, Hong Kong