曹鵬 CAO Peng（1925年12月22日～）
CAO Peng (December 22, 1925 – )
CAO Peng is a conductor and educator. He has served as the conductor and music advisor of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Director and Chief Conductor of the Shanghai Orchestra, and Concertmaster and Chief Conductor of the Shanghai Chamber Orchestra. He has also been a mentor for graduate students in the Conducting Department of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Currently, he is the conductor of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Shanghai University Art Center, Honorary Dean of the Shanghai University School of Music, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Shanghai Nanyang Model High School, and conductor of the Shanghai Student Symphony Orchestra.
CAO Peng was born on December 22, 1925, in Jiangyin City, Jiangsu Province, also known as Can Yun. He attended Fu Yan Elementary School, Huashu Middle School, and Nanjing Middle School in his early years. In February 1944, he joined the Eighth Route Army. In October 1945, he retreated north with the army to Huaiyin and enrolled in the Huazhong Construction University. He then continued to retreat with the army to Linyi in Shandong Province and the Bohai region. In 1947, he entered the Department of Arts and Literature at Shandong University. He later became a conductor for the army’s cultural troupe. In April 1949, he joined the East China Military Region’s cultural troupe and was stationed in Shanghai. In the same year, he became the leader and conductor of the Shanghai Film Studio Orchestra. In 1952, he was transferred to the Beijing Film Studio Orchestra. In 1955, he studied in the Soviet Union and enrolled in the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. During his time there, he held numerous symphony concerts and conducted the first-ever “Chinese Orchestral Works” concert performed by the All-Soviet Union Broadcast Orchestra in 1960. This concert was the first overseas performance of works such as the violin concerto “Butterfly Lovers”. CAO Peng has received various honors, including the Outstanding Contribution Award from the State Council for Performing Arts, National Advanced Worker in the Cultural System, National Most Beautiful Volunteer, National Advanced Individual in Assisting the Disabled, and the 2019 Touching Shanghai Figure, among others.