A national first-class conductor who receives a government allowance from the State Council, Pang Ka Pang is a standing council member of the Chinese Musicians Association and the China Nationalities Orchestral Society. He currently holds the posts of Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Macao Chinese Orchestra, and the posts of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of a number of music ensembles, namely the China Opera and Dance-Drama Theatre, China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra, China Oriental Symphony Orchestra and Oriental Chinese Orchestra.
A distinguished award-winning graduate from the Composition and Conducting Department of the Central Conservatory of Music, Pang was the only young Asian conductor to be invited to study in the 35th International Kirill Petrovich Kondrashin Master Class in Holland in 1996, where he won the Kondrashin Master Class Award. In 1997, he was chosen to participate in the International Conductors Master Class in Kiev, Ukraine, where he studied under world-renowned conductors Gustav Meier, Mandi Rodin, Robert Kogut and Roman Kaufman, and was ranked first in class. In addition, he was recruited as a Permanent Guest Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.
In 1998, Pang became the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra, where he actively explored the symphonic nature of traditional Chinese orchestral works and the ‘symphonisation’ of contemporary Chinese orchestral music, significantly contributing to the introduction of traditional Chinese music and Chinese symphonic music to the world.
In 2002, under Pang’s baton, the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra performed The Chinese Music Concert with great success in the United Nations auditorium in Geneva, Switzerland. In April of the same year, Pang conducted concerts on a tour of Germany - which included Berlin, Potsdam, Dresden and Hanover - as well as in Brussels, Belgium to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Germany. The performances were well received and highly praised.
In 2003, Pang became Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Macao Chinese Orchestra. In the same year, he received the Special Conducting Award at the 4th China Golden Record Awards. In 2005, Pang introduced the system of orchestral season to the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra, the first to adopt the system in Mainland China. The orchestral seasons under Pang have made a positive impact in promoting Chinese symphonic music in recent years, showcasing the diversity and richness of Chinese music. Since 2007, Pang has successfully introduced the seasonal performances of the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra to musical events around the world, such as the Prague Spring Music Festival in the Czech Republic, Chinese Culture Year in Russia, and concert tours of Europe.
After conducting China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra for the ‘Chinese New Year Concert’ in 2000 for the first time at the Wiener Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, Pang was invited in 2003 to conduct the world-renowned Austrian National Opera Symphony Orchestra to perform traditional Chinese music in the same venue, showcasing the unique charm of Chinese music. While this performance was a sensational success, it also opened a new chapter in the history of Chinese symphonic music. Later, Pang conducted a number of world-renowned orchestras at the Wiener Musikverein. A gifted conductor with a deep understanding and unique interpretation of Chinese and Western music, Pang – who commands a variety of styles – conducted at the Wiener Musikverein for 12 consecutive years, causing a sensation.
Cinco Vicki, Austria’s authoritative music critic, says of Pang: ‘His [conducting] is vivacious and enthusiastic, and his hands move very fast and with a uniquely elegant style’. Austrian newspaper The Messenger enthused: ‘Pang has the conducting style of both Seiji Ozawa and Riccardo Muti.’ Due to his significant contribution to music, Pang was named one of the Top Ten Outstanding Young People of China.
In 2011, appointed by the Ministry of Culture of China, Pang led the Jilin Symphony Orchestra to participate in the 27th Spring of April Friendship Art Festival in North Korea. He became the first Chinese conductor to conduct the North Korean National Symphony Orchestra at the opening ceremony of the festival, a performance widely acclaimed by the North Korean audience. After watching the performance, North Korean Minister of Culture An Tong Chun remarked: “Pang’s conducting made the Korean music pieces sublime and he is the conductor that has most moved me”. Pang was awarded the highly prized Conducting Performance Golden Award at the festival.
In March 2013, Pang was admitted to the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien, an institution famous for producing world-renowned maestros, to further his studies of European opera under the tutorship of the reputed professor Konrad Leitner.