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The Shanghai Conservatory of Music as the first music institution of higher education in China, was founded on November 27, 1927. The teachers and students have won numerous awards both home and abroad, thus earning the conservatory the name, “the cradle of musicians". The Shanghai Conservatory of Music is a music institute famous both at home and abroad.
It grew out of the Shanghai National Conservatory of Music, which was established by Mr. Cai Yuanpei on November 27, 1927. Dr. Xiao Youmei (Shio Yiu-mei) was the director of the new school and curriculum. His teachings were based on the Leipzig Conservatory of Music, where he graduated. It was one of the first institutions of higher learning of modern music in China.
It was considered the premiere institution for western music learning. Professors came from as far as Russia and France. It was renamed several times: National Training School of Music (1929), Branch of National Conservatory of Music (1943), Shanghai National Training School of Music (1945), Shanghai and Huadong Branches of Chinese Conservatory of Music (early 1950s). It received its current name in 1956.
Shanghai Conservatory of Music maintains close relationships with many first-class conservatories and famous musicians, including collaborations with schools in the USA, France, UK, Russia, Netherlands, Australia, Austria, Germany and Japan. Many internationally well-known musicians such as Isacc Stern, Perlman, Yuri Shishkin, Leon Fleisher, Zukerman, Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle, Rostropovich, and Yo-Yo Ma have served as honorary or guest professors.