Chai, Chang-Ning is one of the most acclaimed Chinese flautists of his generation. He graduated from the Central Conservatorium of Music in Beijing, China, where he also lectured until 1988. Whilst still in China, Chai was awarded First Prize at the prestigious 4th Annual Guan Dong Music Festival. In 1984 Chai was guest soloist of the "Great Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Orchestra" which performed at the ninth Asian Festival in Hong Kong. In concerts throughout Europe, North America and Asia, this outstanding orchestra demonstrated the brilliance of the arts in the overall achievements of the Tang Dynasty. Chai was frequently engaged as soloist and also ensemble-member with major Chinese traditional orchestras and symphony orchestras.
He has been associated with the sound-tracks of several acclaimed movies. The most distinguished of these include "The Last Emperor", "Children of the Dragon", and "The Road to Xanadu". The filmscore of "The Road to Xanadu" was composed by Australian composer Nigel Westlake. "The Last Emperor" (1986) directed by the Italian Director Bertolucci received seven Academy Awards including best soundtrack.
Chai migrated to Australia in 1988. Since his arrival he has made a distinct mark on the music community of Australia. In the year of his arrival he gave a lecture-recital for the NSW Conservatorium. Two presentations and a recital as a guest lecturer for the Music Department of Sydney University followed in 1989 and 1991. He was also engaged by the Woodwind Department of the Victorian College of the Arts and Pan Pacific Music Camp at Collaroy. He has regularly toured Australia and Asia as featured guest soloist with the respected Australian Ensemble, Sirocco. His involvement with the Australian media, in particular the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has been much appreciated by Australian audiences.
Chai is greatly admired not only as an ensemble musician but also as a solo performer playing extensively in Australia as a soloist and with many other acclaimed musicians. In Sydney, Chai directs "The New Music Ensemble" in performances of traditional Chinese music and teaches flute at the Australian International Conservatorium of Music in Harris Park.
Fred Blanks of the Sydney Morning Herald described Chai Chang-Ning as a "brilliant performer"
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