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In addition to her role as the Music Director of the Orchestra Tianyi is Principal Conductor of the St. Woolos Players, and regularly guest conducts orchestras around the United Kingdom and New Zealand. She is the Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she is a member of the conducting faculty. Guest engagements have included concerts with the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra, the Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra, Manukau Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Summer School and Opera Otago.

In masterclass or assistant roles, Tianyi has worked with conductors and ensembles including Bernard Haitink and the Lucerne Festival Strings, Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé, Thomas Søndergård and Xian Zhang with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Carlo Rizzi and David Jones with the RWCMD Orchestra, Carlo Montanaro and Nicole Paiement with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, Alice Farnham and Welsh National Youth Opera, Alexander Polynichko with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Pietari Inkinen with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Eckehard Stier with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Marko Letonja with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sian Edwards with the Dartington Festival Orchestra, Kenneth Kiesler with the Berlin Sinfonietta and Christopher Seaman as part of the Symphony Services International Conducting Training Programme.

Tianyi was selected out of 320 applicants to attend the Lucerne Festival Masterclass with Bernard Haitink and was chosen out of a field of 150 to be an active participant at the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors with the Dallas Opera in 2016. In 2014 she was voted a finalist at the twelfth 'Interaktion Dirigentenwerkstatt des Kritischen Orchesters’ by players of the Berlin Philharmonic and professional orchestras in Germany.

Tianyi began conducting studies at the University of Auckland with Uwe Grodd and Karen Grylls where she completed her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours, before studying with John Hopkins at the University of Melbourne. Tianyi was awarded Distinction for her MMus in Orchestral Conducting at the RWCMD studying with David Jones in 2015.

As a flautist and composer, Tianyi was the recipient of a number of awards, including First Prize in the New Zealand Woodwind Competition and top awards in the Douglas Lilburn and Llewellyn Jones composition competitions at the University of Auckland. Her broad musical interests has also led her to study the baroque flute, violada gamba, harpsichord and electronic music composition in her undergraduate studies. As a singer, Tianyi has performed in venues such as St. Paul's Cathedral, London and the Esplanade, Singapore with the University of Auckland Chamber Choir. She has also been involved in the Sistema Aotearoa programme in New Zealand, and loves to teach.

Tianyi is grateful for the support of various scholarship trusts and organisations, including:
  • Prince of Wales Scholarship
  • Silver Medal, Worshipful Company of Musicians, London
  • Creative New Zealand
  • Kiwi Music Scholarship
  • AnneBellam Scholarship
  • Anne Reid Scholarship
  • LB Wood Travelling Scholarship
  • Australian Postgraduate Award

Here is a recent informal review of Tianyi: -

"This young Chinese/New Zealander is already on the ladder to a very successful professional career. Check out her awesome biography - a complete musician! Her style of conducting is crystal clear, without exaggerated histrionic movement; poetic and dramatic; excellent communicator; reading of the score 'spot on'; rehearsal psychology for this very good amateur orchestra is sensitive and aware; it's just great that (for a while) Bristol has her commitment - look after her - I am convinced her professional career won't take long to get 'rocket lift off'!" - Jill White X Senior BBC Music Producer and Director Of Music NYO of GB.

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