Pu-Qi Jiang

Professor Emeritus
Director of Orchestral Studies



Dr. Jiang was Director of Orchestral Activities at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music and Maestro of the University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra. 

Dr. Jiang has enjoyed an active international conducting schedule as well as university-level teaching for many years. Since 1990, he has conducted more than ten professional orchestras in the United States, China, Austria, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Jordan, Macedonia, and the United Kingdom. He has led university faculty and student ensembles on concert tours in such cities as Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Salzburg, Prague, and Vienna. 

Maestro Jiang began his career as both violinist and choirboy in Shanghai. In 1956, he entered the Music Middle School affiliated with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music where he majored in violin. He was selected for admission to the conducting department of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at the age of 18. His professional career begin in 1968 after his graduation from the Conservatory. 

Dr. Jiang came to the United States in 1986 to pursue graduate studies in advanced conduction and studied at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) of the University of Cincinnati with Maestro Gerhard Samuel. At CCM, he received his M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Orchestral Conducting. Dr. Jiang was named the Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra in 1989. From 1991 to 1992, he worked as the Conducting Assistant to Maestro Jesús López-Cobos, Erich Kunzel, and Keith Lockhart at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his University of Memphis appointment, he was the Music Director and Conductor at Penn State and Ohio University. 

Dr. Jiang's M.M. and D.M.A. orchestral conducting programs have attracted talented young conductors from places such as Australia, Canada, China, Columbia, Germany, Jordan, Korea, Taiwan, and the USA.