Organization
Tian Jiao International Education Group located in Richmond, British Columbia, produces the Beijing International Music Festival (BIMF). Adjudicators, educators and festival staff are of the highest quality and reputation. Bryan Knapp, Director of Instrumental Music at Killarney Secondary School and the Summer Music Institute at the University of British Columbia, is the Chairman of the festival. Weiliang Zhang, Dean of the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing is the host of the festival.
 
James Zhan, President of Tianjiao
James Zhan was a former Government official of China working in a foreign affairs department in Beijing. 10 years ago he moved to live in the beautiful Vancouver with his family determined to be a cultural ambassador between North America and China. He has been working with schools and school districts from across Canada, US and China on educational exchange programs to help open the doors for both sides since 2005. In the year 2007 he led the biggest ever education delegation from North America to China and received high praise from the Prime Minister of Canada. To him, these achievements in education fields is just a beginning of his big plan of bringing better educational programs to the North American and Chinese students and teachers. He welcomes more educators and education administrators to join him on these wonderful educational programs to help create a better future for our next generation.
 
Bryan Knapp, Festival Chairman

Bryan received his Masters of Music Education from the University of British Columbia. He has been the Head of Fine Arts and Director of Bands at Killarney Secondary School in Vancouver since 1981. He also has directed the bands for the Sumer Music Institute at the University of British Columbia since 1993.
He has been Head of Music while teaching in Australia, vice-principal, vice-president of the Vancouver Music Teachers’ Association and Music Associate for the Vancouver School Board.
Killarney has one of the largest and finest music programs in Canada with over 1,000 students enrolled in Band, Choir, Strings and Music Technology. The Killarney groups tour extensively and have performed throughout the world in such places as: The Vatican (Rome), The Duomo (Florence), St. Maria Cathedral (Sienna), The Heidelberg Castle (Germany), MusicFest Canada, World Music Olympics (Los Angeles) and the Beijing International Music Festival (2004) hosted by the Chinese Government.
Bryan has organized, hosted and performed in more than 80 music festivals in his career.

 
Weiliang Zhang, Flute Instrumentalist, Festival Host

Mr. Weiliang Zhang is a professor, supervisor of master students, famous flute instrumentalist and educationist. He is now appointed the Dean of Department of Instrumental Music in China Conservatory of Music, the chairman of Chinese Zhudi Society, the vice president of Beijing Musician Association, and vice dean of National Music Committee in Chinese Musician Association.

In 1982, he won the first place in the Chinese National Musical Instruments Competition in the Flute Group. In 1983, he produced his original flute solo Spring of Tai Lake and won the first prize of the First China Conservatory of Music Competition of Composing. In 1987, he won the collective first prize in International Jiangnan Sizu Competition. In 198, his flute solo Southern Rhythm won the third prize of the Sixth National Musical Instrumental Competition of Composing. In 1995, his CD album The World of Xiao won the golden record prize of China. In 2000, the dance Deep Yard won the first prize of China TV Dance Competition. In 2001, The MTV of Guzheng and electronic music Chanting Billow of the Autumn won the first prize of CCTV “New Light Cup”. (Music composing) In 2002, he was prized “Virtue and Art” prize by Beijing city. In2003, his dance Dream of Bamboo won the first prize of musical composing in “Peach and Plum Cup” National Dance
Competition.

He wrote books like How to Play Flute, How to Play Xiao, etc. He also published many teaching VCDs. Since 1987, he has successfully held many solo concerts nationally and internationally.