Xia Xiaotang is now Principal Conductor of China Youth Symphony Orchestra, Conductor in Residence of China Philharmonic Orchestra, and teaches conducting in the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM). Born in Beijing in 1981, Xia studied piano at a young age. He entered the conducting department of CCOM at 16, studying under Professor Yu Feng. For 5 consecutive years he won many scholarships of all kinds and was recommended for post graduation studies in 2002. Upon graduation in 2005, he was appointed a teacher of the conducting department and Principal Conductor of China Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2006, he won the first prize in the Second National Conducting Competition. In 2007, he was appointed Assistant Conductor in China Philharmonic Orchestra, and, in 2009, its Conductor in Residence. Xia has been invited to conduct orchestras including Guangzhou Symphony, Shenzhen Symphony, Tianjin Song and Dance Troupe, Central Opera House, Beijing Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic, China National Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony and Hangzhou Philharmonic. He has collaborated successfully with many renowned soloists and composers, winning much critical acclaim.
As Principal Conductor of China Youth Symphony Orchestra, Xia has endeavored in its development, conducting it around the nation and in many universities. In 2008, he took the orchestra to Seoul in a performance of Richard Strauss’s Don Juan and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2. In 2009, he conducted Mahler’s Symphony No.1 and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique in National Center for the Performing Arts to critical acclaim.