Juilliard Unveils Design for The Tianjin Juilliard School

Mike Lawson • News • June 15, 2017

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The Juilliard School has unveiled the preliminary designs for the school’s first overseas campus, The Tianjin Juilliard School.

The school, which has been in the works since 2015, will open in 2019 in the Yujiapu Pilot Free Trade Zone in China.

At the ceremony, Joseph W. Polisi, president of Juilliard, Alexander Brose, executive director and C.E.O. of The Tianjin Juilliard School, and Charles Renfro, partner and architect at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, debuted the designs.

“After many months of careful planning and collaboration, we are thrilled to share our designs for The Tianjin Juilliard School,” said Renfro. “In planning this new facility, we wanted to capture the spirit of Tianjin while creating an architectural connection to Juilliard’s home campus in New York City.”   

The new campus will offer master’s degrees in orchestral performance, chamber music performance, and collaborative piano, as well as adult education courses and pre-college training programs. It will also make history as the only performing arts institution in China to offer a U.S.-accredited master’s degree. The school will additionally serve as an international center for public exhibitions and communal spaces.

“For more than a century, Juilliard has provided the highest caliber of performing arts education to talented young musicians, actors, and dancers,” said Polisi. “We look forward to continuing this tradition of excellence in Tianjin while deepening ties between China and the United States through artistic collaboration.”


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