Wen Kezheng (traditional Chinese: 溫可錚; simplified Chinese: 温可铮; Tongyong Pinyin: Wen Ke-Zheng; Wade-Giles: Wen Ke-Zheng, 1929-2007), a famous Chinese bass singer, was born in Beijing. He was a former director of Vocal department of Shanghai conservatory. Graduated from Nanjing Conservatory in 1950, he was the committeeman of the Fourth Music Association of China. In 1957, He won the silver medal in the sixth World Youth Festival which further encouraged his journey in music.
He was born in an intellectual family in Beijing His father was fond of music and stimulated his music potential. At the age of ten, he won a children's music prize for singing an old Italian song. In the 1940s, he passed in the Nanjing National Conservatory with the number 1 score.
From 1946-1956, he studied with Russian vocality professor Mr. V. Shushlin. After graduation, he successively worked in the music department of Nanjing Jing Ling University where he met his wife Qiu wang. He was also a director of the vocality department of Shanghai Conservatory, the fourth committeeman of the music association of china and the committeeman of the political consultative conference of Shanghai. Professor Wen staged the first vocal solo concert successively in Beijing, Tianjing and Nanjing with piano professor Jialu li in 1951.
In 1956 Professor Wen participated in the first national music week festival, representing Shanghai. He won the gold medal of the first national singing test hosted by the national culture department of China at the same year. Subsequently, the national recording press of Soviet Russia published his vocal solo album while he won the silver medal of the international western classical singing test hosted by Moscow in 1957.
After that, he frequently held solo concerts and vocality lessons across the world with his wife Qiu Wang. He was the first Chinese singer who staged a concert in US, in 1986. He was invited to give a solo vocal concert in the domestic palace of Japan by the prince of Japan, and he sang the bass solo part of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the symphony orchestra of Osaka.
He was invited by the political consultative conference of Hong Kong to perform a solo vocal concert in 1989. Subsequently, he gave a performance of a vocal serials "Life", staged in Macao the following year.
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