|Occupation||Composer, Conductor, Teacher|
|Categories||Contemporary, Gospel Music|
Born in China and educated at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Rui Shi Zhuo was a formerly permanent conductor of the Shanghai National Orchestra. He came to Canada on a Graduate Studies Fellowship to study composition with Dr. Stephen Chatman and Dr. Keith Hamel at the University of British Columbia and received his Master’s degree in music composition in 1995.
As a successful conductor Mr. Zhuo Si-Chuan Symphony Orchestra and Chongqing Symphony Orchestra invited him to conduct their [2012 New Year’s Concert] , [2011New Years Concert] both concerts had been awarded a huge success even found a hundreds reviews and reports on the Internet web sites. The last of early year, he conducted the Intercultural Innovations Concert with BCCME and Nu: BC of UBC to perform 6 well-known composers who came from mainland China and Canada. Meanwhile, The summer of 2011, Mr. Zhuo had been invited to write a symphonic poem [The Light of Ancient Shu] for Si-chuan Symphony Orchestra, this new work premiered on July 19th. in Chengdu and conducted by him-self in this multi media concert.
Currently he is a conductor working for BOTH Vancouver Grand Choral Ensemble and B.C. Chinese Orchestra in Vancouver. He had been Music Director/Conductor at the Jubilation Wind and Percussion Ensemble, Professor of Music conducting, composition and violin with Fine Arts Department, Prairie Bible Institute, Alberta and He was Permanent Conductor of the Shanghai National Orchestra. During 2009-2010 his three new commissioned compositions: Natural World, a single movement work, commissioned by Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble, also financially assisted by Canada Council, had been premiered on December 10, 2009; Primo – a single movement work, commissioned by the BC Chinese Music Association financially assisted by Canada Council - premiered on July 10, 2010; and Mountain and Forest a trill for 4 instruments, still commissioned by the Vancouver Orchid Ensemble and financially assisted by Canada Council - premiered on the early of this year.
On May 7, 2008, the Shanghai Musicians Association invited and commissioned Mr. Zhuo, as a Canadian composer, (Canada Council’s Travel Program supported the travel fee) to compose a single movement symphony, which he entitled The Mountain Song and the Rhythm of City, premiered by the Symphony Orchestra of the Shanghai Opera House at the Shanghai Symphony Hall for the Shanghai Spring Festival. 5 incidental music of Animation films’ The Olympics in My Heart commissioned by The Animation Support Fund of Broadcasting and TV Office of Zhejiang Province of China, and performed/TV Broadcasted during Beijing Olympic Game on June 20, 2008. Invited by Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Mr. Zhuo teaching and lecturing in its Composition Department and rewarded huge success on May, 2010.
In September of 2006, the Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Center selected him as the part of their new online initiative entitled: Composer Portraits—Influences of Many Musics which focuses on Canadian composers who came from other countries, highlighting their valuable contribution to Canadian music. His work String Quartet with Er-hu QI, Sheng Xin had been nominated as an Outstanding Classical Composition by Western Canadian Music Awards 2005. In addition, the LEO AWARD nominated his animation film music Chinese Violin (produced by National Film Board of Canada) for Excellence in the Category Musical Score in May 2003. On June 14, 2006 his Symphonic Poem Oh! Yangtze River commissioned/world premiered by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) financially assisted by Canada Council and BC Arts Council at the International Peace Concert In 1999, the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra voted him the Most Popular Conductor and Second Place Award Winner at the Eighth International Conducting Workshop in the Czech Republic. Later on, VSO re-performed his piece (2004) Dao Ban For Pi-pa and Chamber Ensemble that was first commissioned/premiered by VSO and aired across Canada by CBC on 1993-1994. His children’s single movement work Halloween was Hallowe