Apogee Launches Programs in China and Provides Awards to Four of the Nation's Most Outstanding Musicians

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The Apogee Foundation, a philanthropic corporation dedicated to the development of human excellence in the performance arts, announced today that it is now implementing programs in China to identify, support, develop and promote elite performing arts talent. The Foundation kicked off its operations in the nation's capital by providing awards to the most gifted students and faculty of the Central Conservatory Music School.

The Apogee Foundation, a philanthropic corporation dedicated to the development of human excellence in the performance arts, announced today that it is launching its full slate of programs in China.

Apogee kicked off its activities in the nation's capital by naming three of the Central Conservatory Music School's most gifted students: pianists Wang Chun and Huang Nansong, together with er hu (Chinese classical violin) artist Wang Xiao, as the first Excellence Award laureates in the country. Apogee simultaneously named Professor Zhang Jin: Head of the Central Conservatory's Piano Department and instructor of both Wang Chun and Huang Nansong, as the inaugural Achievement Award laureate in China. Earlier this month, the Foundation's Board of Directors also appointed Professor Yu Rongfu: International Secretary and former Director of the Central Conservatory Music School, to a chair on Apogee's global Advisory Council.

To see videocasts of these and other Apogee Award laureates as well as Apogee Artists events around the world, visit Apogee Videocasting at: http://www.apogeefoundation.org/media/video.php

For more information on Apogee Awards, please see: http://www.apogeefoundation.org/awards/index.php

In the course of the coming year, Apogee intends to follow this initial set of awards with a full slate of Apogee Awards, Apogee Academy and Apogee Artists programs throughout East Asia, following the launch of its programs across South Asia earlier this year.

Professor Xing Weikai, Director of the Central Conservatory Music School, said "On behalf of the many talented young artists in China who deserve this level of international recognition and support, we welcome Apogee to our country and look forward to successfully expanding on this collaboration in the years to come."

Apogee President Kenneth Schneider said "Because Apogee focuses on identifying and promoting extraordinary talent from the earliest stages of artists' careers, we see the future of the performance arts long before the world at large. It is therefore a special privilege to become a part of China's rapid re-emergence as a world center of artistic excellence."

About The Apogee Foundation ®
Apogee is an international philanthropic corporation dedicated to the development of human excellence in the art of performance. The Foundation's programs are designed to synergize the creative, spiritual and economic aspects of human potential, creating a triple helix of evolution that propels its beneficiaries to the apogee of human excellence on the world stage.

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+1.646.461.6196 or +1.888.APOGEE.8
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