percussion (program advisor)
In the fall of 2011 Tzong-Ching Ju joins the Bard Conservatory as an advisor to the its new percussion department. He has played a significant role in enhancing the wide interest in percussion music in Taiwan in the last two decades. The wide popularity of percussion music in Taiwan owes a great deal to Ju for his pioneering efforts in music education.
Upon graduating from the National Taiwan Academy of the Arts, Ju continued his percussion study with Walter Veigl and Richard Hochrainer, former principal percussionist of the Wiener Philharmoniker, at the Vienna Academy of Music. Ju received the diploma of Music Performer in percussion in 1982.
Upon returning to Taiwan, Ju served as principal percussionist of the Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. He founded Taiwan's first percussion ensemble, the Ju Percussion Group (JPG), in January 1986. Three years later, Ju Percussion Group Foundation was formed to handle JPG's administrative work.
In 1992, Ju established the Ju Percussion Music School, the first domestic-developed educational system and the fastest channel to promote the percussive arts in Taiwan. In 1994, he initiated another project, The Traditional Percussion Center, with its mission of preserving traditional percussion music. In 1998, he launched the Arts Circle, a magazine to further promote percussion music and the arts.
Tzong-Ching Ju received a Youth Medal in 1983 and was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Taiwan in 1988. He was honored with the National Award for Arts of the National Culture and Arts Foundation, R.O.C. in 2000.
The Percussive Arts Society (PAS) gave him special recognition for his devotion to the percussive arts and for organizing the Taipei International Percussion Conventions (TIPC) in 1993, 1996, 1999 and 2002. In addition, he is the recipient the one-year Fulbright Grant, to support his further percussion research in the United States from 1996 to1997.
Ju served as the board members of the PAS from 1998 to 1999. He also served as the dean of music department of the Taipei National University of the Arts from 1997 to 2000, and the Director of National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, and following as the Director of the National Chiang Kai-Shek Culture Center ROC, National Theatre, National Concert Hall in Taiwan from 2001 till 2004. He is at present as Professor at the music department of the Taipei National University of the Arts and the Artistic Director of the Ju Percussion Group, and Ju Percussion Group Foundation.