Being a well-known Chinese piano educator, Dan Zhaoyi serves as a tenured professor at the Shenzhen Arts School, as a distinguished professor at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, and as a guest professor at the Central Conservatory of Music, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the China Conservatory of Music, and the like. He is a member of the Chinese Musicians Association, formerly holding the post of vice president of the Guangdong and the Shenzhen Musician Association. Presently, he assumes office as the consultant of the Piano Society of the Chinese Musicians Association and as the honorary president of the Shenzhen Piano Association.
He graduated from the Piano Department of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in 1964, studying piano under Professor He Huixian and Professor Lin Ruizhi successively. In 1961, Dan Zhaoyi was sent by the Sichuan Conservatory of Music to Beijing for further studies under Professor Zhou Guangren, a famous piano educator, laying a solid foundation for his lifelong career.
Dan Zhaoyi achieved great success in more than 50 years of his piano teaching. His most famous students – Li Yundi, Chen Sa, and Zhang Haochen – won prizes one after another in the Chopin International Piano Competition in Poland, the Leeds International Piano Competition in Great Britain, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in the United States, and other top competitions in the world. This is of historic significance in the Chinese piano education and performances. After that, his students including Zuo Zhang, He Qizhen, Xue Xiaoqiu, Pan Linzi, Gu Jingdan and Xu Qi made outstanding achievements in international competitions successively. A total of 21 students received 63 awards in international piano competitions, including winning the first prize for 23 times.
Dan Zhaoyi has been committed to the theoretical research on piano teaching. During his free time, he keeps writing, and has brought out monographs, compiled more than ten textbooks, and published dozens of thesis. He is often invited to act as a judge in international and domestic piano competitions. He frequently leads his students to participate in cultural exchanges and performances at home and abroad, runs piano master classes, and gives lectures on piano teaching and so on.
Dan Zhaoyi has in-depth thinking on the basic piano theory. He has made a fruitful summary in combination with decades of his teaching experience. In addition, he spared no effort to incorporate his cognition that was acquired from his systematic studies into his book Basic Piano Course in A New Way. Edited by him and published by the People’s Music Publishing House, this book is China’s first one that is characterized by theoretical support, national features, scientific system and innovation characteristics. It will make a positive impact on standardizing and guiding the basic piano teaching.
Professor Dan Zhaoyi won national, provincial and municipal awards for many times because of his outstanding achievements. He attained more than 20 individual honors successively, including the “Advanced National Cultural Worker”, the “Ou Yongxi Excellent Music Education Award” by the Ministry of Culture, the “Excellent Teacher” by Sichuan Province, Guangdong Province and Shenzhen City, the “May 1 Labor Medal” by Guangdong Province, the “Civilized Citizen” by Shenzhen City, and one of the 30 outstanding figures in Shenzhen Special Economic Zone in 30 years.