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Chenchu Rong

Chenchu Rong - Alternate Mode Artist

The new generation of dynamic young percussionists.

The Solo percussionist of Shanghai Chinese Orchestra.

 Ms. Rong starting playing Western percussion with Professor Yang Ruwen at 12 years old. She later began simultaneously studying Chinese percussion with Professor Luotianqi. In 2011 Ms. Rong graduated with honors and was immediately offered a position at the Shanghai National Orchestra. 

Ms. Rong has toured around the world with the Shanghai National Orchestra as a soloist participating in a number of important performances.

Ms. Rong's lively and vibrant personality lends itself to a unique playing style complete with flawless technical skill and fluency, as well as a passion that is highly contagious.

In 2012 she was awarded the National Ethnic Arts Festival's 'Best Actor' award as well as winning the prestigious title of Shanghai Grand Theater Arts Center's 'Best Employee'. In 2012 Ms. Rong was also the 10th Hong Kong Synergy 24 Hour Drum Tournament Challenge's champion and awarded the 'Drum King' trophy. In 2012 she was also awarded the title of 'Outstanding Artist in Shanghai' partially due to her great achievements and work involving Chinese percussion scores. In August 2013 Ms. Rong won Third Place in the International Professional Multi-Percussion Competition held in Athens, Greece. She was the first ever multi-percussionist from Shanghai to place in the prestigious competition. In 2014, the Shanghai Conservatory National Orchestra, featuring Ms.Rong, won the Gold medal in Singapore's first Chinese Percussion Ensemble contest.

Ms. Rong has worked extensively with the Shanghai Conservatory Youth National Orchestra. While Ms. Rong performed with the highly esteemed ensemble they participated in 'Spring of Shanghai', 'Shanghai International Art Festival', 'Shanghai Conservatory of Music 80th Anniversary' along with many other performances, many where she was the featured soloist.

Over the years Ms. Rong has worked with many national orchestras, outstanding conductors and composers. In 2010 Ms. Rong first collaborated with world-renowned conductor and composer, Tan Dun. She worked with Tan Dun as a soloist in 'Yao music: the Sound of the Earth' at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. There she won Tan Dun's strong affirmation describing her as "rare percussionist performing with new force." Ms. Rong continued to collaborate with Tan Dun performing in Tan Dun's, Water Music, as the soloist for more than one hundred consecutive performances. She has since gone on to perform several of Tan Dun's works such as: Paper Concerto and Water Concerto with orchestras all over the world.

In addition to performing traditional Chinese music and Western classical music, Ms. Rong also performs pop music. She has also played with Mr. Zhang Jun who is known as the prince of  Kunqu. Ms. Rong not only enjoys and excels at performing all styles of percussion music she believes in breaking music out of its assigned 'categories and genres'. While utilizing her deep understanding of music, as well as her fresh insights and unique worldview, Ms. Rong is able to bring new ideas and concepts to her performances. She is able to break the traditional patterns of music and combine genres, such as Chinese and Western, to explore uncharted new musical territory gradually setting a new musical precedent.