Past Event

Alumni Gathering Event for Columbia University's Department Of Music

March 12, 2018
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Columbia Global Centers | Beijing

The Department of Music at Columbia University is one of the oldest and most distinguished at any American university. It was founded in 1896 by Edward MacDowell (1860-1908). 

On March 12, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing will co-host an alumni gathering event for Columbia University's Department Of Music, featuring Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska, Director of the Music Performance Program and Lecturer in Music (Piano and Harpsichord) at Columbia University's Department of Music. She will share her experience working with maestro Tan Dun, specifically on his Martial Arts Trilogy. Included in the discussion will be aspects of the dynamic between the performer and a living composer, incorporation of multimedia, preparation process, and the relationship of the performer to the 21st-century audience.

We welcome all alumni from Department of Music, and alumni from other schools and departments who are interested with and working in the music related industry, and anyone who is interested in applying to Columbia's Department of Music to come attend the event.



Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska

Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska is Director of the Music Performance Program and Lecturer in Music (Piano and Harpsichord) at Columbia University's Department of Music. The press describes her as a “world-class” musician (The American Record Guide), and a “player of taste and admirable sensitivity” (Palm Beach Arts Paper). Her performances have been praised as “eloquent & technically flawless” (The Washington Post).

Dr. Baczewska has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, China National Symphony, and Macao Symphony, among others. She has appeared in concert with maestro Tan Dun, with whom she has enjoyed an extensive collaboration, as well as with violinist Joshua Bell, and performed throughout Europe, China, and the US, appearing in Carnegie Hall (NYC), Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco), National Center for Performing Arts (Beijing), Guangzhou Opera House (Guangzhou), and Salle Cortot (Paris), among others. She has toured Europe and the US with double performances of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which she performed twice in one evening, on the harpsichord, then on piano.



6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 


6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska: "Collaboration with Tan Dun through Performances of His Martial Arts Trilogy. Lessons Learned." 

7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Informal Discussion


Special Notice

  • The event will be conducted in English

  • Due to limited seats, registration will be verified through the QR code of confirmation. Please present the QR code at the entrance. 

  • Please plan to arrive no earlier and no later than 20 minutes after the registration.

  • If you are unable to attend the event, please inform us in advance. 

  • If you have any questions, please leave us a message below or email to [email protected]