Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping and a well-known
soprano, received an honorary doctorate from New York’s Juilliard School
at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing on Dec 6, according to the
official website of the conservatory.
Juilliard President Joseph Polisi, who conferred the honorary degree to
Ms Peng, delivered a speech at the ceremony, saying that it is not only
a recognition of Ms Peng’s accomplishment as an outstanding artiste but
also for her contribution to cultural exchanges between China and the
Ms Peng, an alumna of the Chinese conservatory, said at the ceremony:
"This is an honour not only for myself, but also for Chinese folk music.
It exemplifies the increasingly closer cultural exchanges between China
and the United States.
I hope the co-operation between art schools and organisations of the two
countries will be deepened in the future.
A traditional Chinese music orchestra from the conservatory and a string
quartet from the Juilliard School performed during the ceremony.
Ms Peng’s efforts of promoting communication between the Juilliard
School and China date back two years, when she visited the school on
Sept 28, 2015 while accompanying Mr Xi on his state visit to the US.
Peng worked with one of our students who sang a Chinese folk song in
Chinese. She is a musician and a music educator. It was a magical and
unique moment to have the first lady with us, Mr Polisi said in an
earlier interview with China Daily.
The Tianjin Juilliard School will offer US-accredited full-time master’s
degrees in orchestral performance, chamber music performance and
collaborative piano. It will also offer part-time programmes for
pre-college students, adult education and public performances.