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A Bu

A Bu started to study the classical piano from Professor Zhang Shigu, a Chinese American piano educator, at the age of four, and won awards at several piano contests he participated later. After Zhang Shigu returned to the U.S., Professor Zhang  Zhiwei from the Central Conservatory of Music took his place and taught A Bu classical piano. In 2009, A Bu was enrolled in  the Affiliated Primary School of the Central Conservatory of Music, and had joined the Piano Master summer camplaunched in the U.S. ever since then. In June 2012, A Bu was recommended for admission to the Affiliated Middle School of the Central Conservatory of Music for outstanding achievements.
 
Besides specialized and systematic classical piano trainings, A Bu has adopted a diverse approach since 2009, systematically learning jazz, Latin, music theories and impromptu performance in his spare time from the jazz  musician, Professor Kong Hongwei (Golden Buddha) with the Central Conservatory of Music. Afterwards, A Bu began to learn recording software, guitar, bass, percussion music and saxophone from more music teachers,  obtaining more extensive music knowledge and applying it to daily trainings. In 2011, A Bu stepped out of the piano room, participating in live performances by musicians and gaining  precious experience from jam sessions with jazz musicians of different styles. It was such experience that  made A Bu master live performance skills and band cooperation abilities. A Bu, together with the drummer  Shao Haha and bass player Ma Kai, set up their first band – A Bu Jazz Trio Band in the same year.  Following the successful participation of Beijing 9 Gates Jazz Music Festival held in 2012, A Bu passed the  sponsorship review by Edifier Musician Foundation, and, upon invitation, performed at the Sennheiser Momentum press release together with the famous Rolf Becker Big Band. At the end of 2012, the first studio performance album of A Bu Jazz Trio band was completed in Beijing, with Golden Buddha and Marc Vincent, President of Sennheiser China, acting as site production supervisors, and Jakob Haendel, a Grammy award winner from Germany, as the recorder. In the album recording, A Bu performed Giant Steps, the highly  demanding works by John Coltrane, astonishing all with the maturity that went beyond his age. A Bu perhaps is an extraordinary case among thousands of piano boys in China. All of those who know A Bu have great expectation of him.

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