幼時學習音樂,參與各類音樂團體演奏活動,並於上海完成音樂學士學位及助教進修,後赴日本國立靜岡大學隨須貝 靜直(Shizunao Sugai)教授研修,再於上海音樂學院作曲系隨桑桐先生學習。多次赴海內外講學和作課題研究。著述10餘部,中、英、日文論文及音樂文章百餘篇,包括:《初期多声音楽における双音原理について》(日本,1996);《歐洲早期和聲的觀念與形態》(2000、2001) ;《鍵盤和聲》(1992、2001、2004);《音樂教育在澳門》(2005);《音樂表演在澳門》(2005);《音樂創作在澳門》(2007);《澳門音樂簡史》(2008);《合唱經典》(2008); 《20世紀澳門天主教音樂》(中文版2013 ;英文版2015 ;葡文版歐洲出版2018); A survey of liturgical composition in Macao in the twentieth century: musical life with Sao Jose as its centre .Rouledge Taylor and Francis Group  LONGDON AND NEW YORK  2013);《16世紀歐洲多聲部音樂研究》(美商EHGBooks出版全球發行);《澳門本土鋼琴作品研究》(唱碟2017)等。音樂研究、創作與教學獲獎無數。2013年,因對本地音樂文化的學術貢獻,被澳門特區政府授予“文化功績勳章”。

Dai Dingcheng, holder of PhD (Composition Theory), is Professor of Musicology of the School of Arts at Macao Polytechnic Institute (MPI) and PH.D. Supervisor. His research is largely based on early European polyphony and contemporary music. Ever since his arrival in Macao in 2003, Dai is involved in projects related to urban musicology. He is a member of Cultural Consultative Committee of the Macao SAR, committee member of Asia Pacific Society for Ethnomusicology, Deputy Director of National Higher Education Academic Committee on Music Theory and Composition, committee member of World Choir Council, guest fellow of Central Conservatory, guest professor of Xinghai Conservatory of Music and South China Normal University . He is also the advisor to the Macao Orchestra, consultant of‘Aptitude Requirement of Music for Primary and Secondary Schools’ developed by Direcção dos Serviços de Educação e Juventude, honorary chairperson and artistic director of various societies in Macao such as Macao Cheong Hong Music Club, Macao Taoist Orchestra Association, Macao Band Directors Association and World Southern Music Friendship Association. Dai has been the Dean of the Music College of Shanghai Normal University, Visiting Professor of Newcastle University in United Kingdom, Vice President of Shanghai Musicians Association, and Director of School of Arts of Macao Polytechnic Institute. Dai received his early music training and studied the Bachelor of Music degree in Shanghai. He then further studied his postgraduate degree at Shizuoka National University. Afterwards, he went back to Shanghai and continued his PhD study under the instruction of Sang Tong in the Department of Composition of SCM. He frequently visited various countries to do research and gave lectures. Dai has published dozens of articles and more than 100 analytical essays in Chinese, English and Japanese in Asia, Europe and the US. Dai’s monographs include: Concepts and Forms of Early European Harmony (Shanghai Music Publishing House [SMPH], 2001), Keyboard Harmony and Improvisational Accompaniment (Anhui Literature and Art Publishing House, 1992), Music Education in Macao (Macao Daily Press [MDP], 2005), Music Performance in Macao (MDP, 2005), Music Compositions in Macao (MDP, 2007), Brief Music History of Macao (Macao Foundation, 2008). Besides, Dai has compiled Choral Classics – Renaissance Choral Works (People’s Music Publishing House, 2008),Catholic Music in Macao in the Twentieth Century(Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R.Goverment), Selection of Early European Choral Works (SMPH, 2001), CD collection Remote Echo (SMPH, 2000), Dai has received numerous awards and honors in music research, composition and teaching. In 2013, Dai received a Medal of Cultural Merit from the Macao SAR Government