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A Bu started to study the classical piano from Professor

Zhang Shigu, a Chinese American piano educator, at the age of

four, and won awards at several piano contests he participated

later. After Zhang Shigu returned to the U.S. , Professor Zhang.

Zhiwei from the Central Conservatory of Music took his place  and taught A Bu classical piano. In 2009, A Bu was enrolled in  the Affiliated Primary School of the Central Conservatory of  Music, and had joined the Piano Master summer camp  launched in the U.S. ever since then. In June 2012, A Bu was  recommended for admission to the Affiliated Middle School of  the Central Conservatory of Music for outstanding  achievements. 
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Besides specialized and systematic classical piano trainings, A Bu has adopted a diverse approach since 2009,  systematically learning jazz, Latin, music theories and impromptu performance in his spare time from the jazz  musician, Professor Kong Hongwei (Golden Buddha) with the Central Conservatory of Music. Afterwards, A Bu  began to learn recording software, guitar, bass, percussion music and saxophone from more music teachers,  obtaining more extensive music knowledge and applying it to daily trainings.   In 2011, A Bu stepped out of the piano room, participating in live performances by musicians and gaining  precious experience from jam sessions with jazz musicians of different styles. It was such experience that  made A Bu master live performance skills and band cooperation abilities. A Bu, together with the drummer  Shao Haha and bass player Ma Kai, set up their first band — A Bu Jazz Trio Band in the same year.  Following the successful participation of Beijing 9 Gate Jazz Music Festival held in 2012, A Bu passed the  sponsorship review by Edifier Musician Foundation, and, upon invitation, performed at the Sennheiser  Momentum press release together with the famous Rolf Becker Big Band. At the end of 2012, the first studio  performance album of A Bu Jazz Trio band was completed in Beijing, with Golden Buddha and Marc Vincent,  President of Sennheiser China, acting as site production supervisors, and Jakob Haendel, a Grammy award  winner from Germany, as the recorder. In the album recording, A Bu performed Giant Steps, the highly  demanding works by John Coltrane, astonishing all with the maturity that went beyond his age.  A Bu perhaps is an extraordinary case among thousands of piano boys in China. All of those who know A Bu  have great expectation of him. It might be too early to excessively assess and interpret a 13-year-old boy, and  what we need is to wait for A Bu’s presentation of his own achievements to the Chinese music world.  Biography A Bu courtesy Sennheiser Media @ 2014   Aged four, a small boy walked into a music shop in Beijing with his parents, and pointed to the biggest to the  biggest instrument he could see – the piano. Phenomenal talent, regular lessons, and an unstoppable desire  to put his little fingers on the keys soon put his development into overdrive. At only nine years old  he was  accepted into the Conservatory of Music in China’s capitol. At the same time the young boy decided , on his  own, to dabble in jazz, begging his parents to let him take jazz and Latin piano lesson alongside classical  education. He studied under the renowned jazz pianist professor Kong Hongwei (of the Chinese jazz band  Golden Buddha).   One year later, A Bu took an opportunity to join a musical summer camp at Kansas University, where he took  classical lessons with John McCarthy, former chair of the keyboard department at the San Francisco  Conservatory of Music. Though self-study, A Bu then learnt how to use the music software Logic, and also  picked up guitar and electric bass. As 12-yeard-old he went to San Francisco, to take part in another summer  camp. This time studying classical piano with professor Kerrilyn Renshaw.   In November 2011 A Bu started to get up on stage regularly in jam sessions at the CD-Blues Café in Beijing,  which led to the formation of the A Bu jazz trio, together with Shao Haha on drums and Ma Kai on bass. The  following summer the boy arrived in New York for the first time, to participate in the New York Summer Music  Jazz Camp at SUNY College.   Back in China, Marc Vincent from Sennheiser heard this young talent at the Nine Gates festival in Beijing and  decided to act. Ever since the audio company has been supporting A Bu and helping shape his career. In early  2013 the Grammy-award-winning producer and recording engineer Jakob Händel was invited to China, to  work with A Bu’s trio on recording their first CD in Beijing’s China Central Film Studios. Later the album was  mixed and mastered at Stockfisch Records in Germany, by Jakob Händel, Gunter Pauler and Hans-Jörg  Maucksch. Launch concerts for the official CD release are being planned in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong  2014.   The edifier Music Fund has also recognized A Bu’s exceptional talent, and is sponsoring cultural exchange  projects, overseas trainings, lessons and master-classes, as well his individual concerts. The program has  helped A Bu travel back to New York to study with Antonio Hart, who already met for a jam session in Beijing  the year before. On the same trip, A Bu also learnt from David Berkman and Jeb Patton from Queens’ College,  as well as jazz musicians Randy Ingram and Jeremy Siskind.   Highlights of A Bu’s live performances so have included the Beijing International Blues Festival, the Nine Gates  International Jazz Festival (Beijing), the China Yangtze River Piano Festival, the Sennheiser F1 live stage, the JZ  Festival Shanghai, the XiHu Blooms Festival in Hangzhou, the ATP Tennis Masters in Shanghai, and for the  Abbey Rod Studio’s 80th anniversary global exhibition at the legendary Peace Hotel in Shanghai. Most  recently, the Forbidden City Concert Hall could be added to the list. On top of that, a very special moment  occurred during the Chick Corea solo piano concert in Shanghai, when the star invited his gifted young fan to  perform a four hand piano solo with him on stage.   Since the end of 2012 a Bu has also been a member of the Beijing Jingle Big Band, performing and recording  with the Ensemble as their keyboard player.   Seeing A bu on stage always leaves an audience in amazement, wondering at the incredible skills and talent of  this 14-yeal-old. He simply loves to play; his fans can see and feel that. And being at the beginning of his  musical journey, the coming years will no doubt fill his soul with the life stories that will inevitably become the  very heart of his performance.  
“You can feel that A Bu really enjoys playing in front of the microphones and in front of people.” Jakob Händel, producer
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