Juilliard has named the two top executives for its Chinese campus, The Tianjin Juilliard School, which is scheduled to open in 2019. Alexander Brose, vice president for development at the Aspen Music Festival and School, will become the school’s first executive director and C.E.O., and Wei He, a longtime professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and artistic director of the annual San Francisco-Shanghai International Chamber Music Festival, will serve as the school’s first artistic director and dean. “I can imagine no better pair of individuals to preside over this new chapter in Juilliard’s history and to continue our tradition of artistic and educational excellence,” said President Joseph W. Polisi, who is also chairman of The Tianjin Juilliard School’s board of directors.
The appointments are a milestone in Juilliard’s multifaceted expansion in Asia, which was announced by Polisi in 2015. The executives will play critical roles in establishing Juilliard’s artistic and educational values in the new school and ensuring the quality of student experience. Brose’s chief responsibilities in the near term include developing the Tianjin-based administration and coordinating with Juilliard’s partners in China, while He will oversee the development of the resident faculty and the school’s artistic programming. Both plan to relocate to Tianjin later this year.
Brose and He have nearly 40 years of combined experience working in classical music performance and education in the United States and China. In addition to track records as artists, administrators, and educators, both have a deep understanding of China’s rich artistic heritage as well as a passion for fostering artistic ties between the East and West.
Brose said he was looking forward to “bringing Juilliard’s pre-eminent training and teaching to aspiring students of Western classical art music in China and across the globe.” For his part, He said he hoped to make “this new venture into a critically important and indispensable link in our complex and internationalized era”