Dr Shu Jiang


Department of Music

Honorary Research Fellow


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Dr Shu Jiang
Department of Music
Jessop Building
Leavygreave Road
S3 7RD

I am an ethnomusicologist and expert player of Chinese zithers (zheng and qin) with a special interest in the music of China. I have published and presented at conferences worldwide on a variety of topics, ranging from the transformation of Chinese traditional music in contemporary society to Chinese rock music.

I come from a family of folk musicians and learned to play Chinese zithers - the 21-stringed zheng and 7-stringed qin - in my childhood. I received my BA in Musicology from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, which is the oldest and most prestigious music conservatory in China. Due to my outstanding academic performance I was then employed as a full-time lecturer in Musicology at the Department of Music, Xiamen University, China. I came to England in 2005 to pursue postgraduate study. I completed my MA in 2006 and PhD in 2015 in Ethnomusicology at the University of Sheffield. My PhD thesis was entitled Lost Records of the Imperial City: Place, People and Performance in Chinese Yaogun (1997 - 2008).

I taught Zheng performance at the Confucius Institute, the University of Sheffield, from 2008 onwards. I was also appointed World Musician by Live Music Now and delivered over a hundred Chinese music workshops and concerts across the UK between 2008 and 2011. I was a guest lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the University of Sheffield from 2015 to 2016, teaching East Asian Music and Culture. I was also appointed Honorary Research Fellow in March 2016. During the Fellowship, I will be investigating cross cultural exchange of East Asian music in the context of Western music, and working alongside a range of composers and world musicians in the UK.

Research interests
  • Cross-Cultural Music Making and Audience Reception
  • Chinese Musical Tradition in Contemporary Society
  • Music, Place and Diasporic Communities
  • Music Analysis