Chinese Virtuoso Players to Perform
On Tuesday, April 17, the Virtuoso Players of Chinese Folk Music will perform in Squires Recital Hall in the Humanities Building at Lee University. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.
This group is established with master performers from the Department of Fine Arts of China Ocean University (COU) in Qingdao, China. The group not only performs traditional Chinese music but also contemporary Chinese folk music.
The evening will feature a variety of solo pieces, duets, and chamber pieces including One Flowers, A Happy Greeting, Spring in the South, and Walking by the Suzhou River.
Since touring South Korea in 2010 the virtuoso players have launched “Virtuoso Concert Series” and “Campus Concert Series of Western and Chinese Classical Music.” The group continues to develop and explore innovative programming to retain the traditional Chinese string and wind music and to absorb the essence of Western classical music.
Professor Kang Jiandong is the director of the group as well as the supervisor of the doctoral program at COU. He has won multiple awards for his compositions and publications during his time as a musician including first prize at the third and fourth annual Dunhuang Arts competitions among others.
Jiandong will lead the six players on a tour of the United States throughout April. The featured performers include Gou Liang, Liu Lin, Liu Yinxuan, Ning Yan, Wang Yingying, and Wang Yunfei.
Liang, a Sheng soloist, is the director of the division of folk music research. He is also the music director and conductor for the COU Chinese Traditional Orchestra. Liang has performed around the world and won many national and provincial competitions. He has participated in several recording projects including “Fire Requiem” and “The Essentials of Sheng Pedagogy.”
Zheng soloist, Lin, is a Guzheng Arts Lecturer at COU. She has won many national and provincial competitions, in addition to receiving the Outstanding Instructor award as many of her students are winning competitions. Lin is a member of the Shandong Institute of National Philharmonic Society and the Qingdao Musicians Association.
Yinxuan is a Yangqin soloist and the Yangqin Arts Lecturer at the university. He has won numerous competitions at the national and provincial levels and was named Outstanding Teacher by China’s Ministry of Culture and Education. Yinxuan has performed in France, the Netherlands, Japan, Hong Kong, and throughout China.
Yan is a Pipa and Yuan Lecturer as well as a Pipa soloist. In 2004 she was the only Pipa student accepted into the master’s program at Beijing Central Conservatory of Music. Yan has won many awards including 2006 Dandelion Best Young Talent Competition, National Best Folk Music Teachers Award in Pipa Division, and first prize at Shanghai Spring International Music Festival Chamber Music Competition.
Yingying is the Master Di Lecturer at COU and a Di soloist. She has won awards for Excellent Performance in the Youth Professional Groups in 1st national competition, Shanghai Spring International Music Festival National Invitational Flute Competition, and first prize in provincial competition. She is also an active soloist on CCTV recording programs.
Erhu soloist, Yunfei, serves as the Erhu Lecturer at the university where she has been teaching since finishing her masters in 2011. While performing around the world, Yunfei released her solos album in 2011. She has performed solos for multiple television series and toured around the world. Wang serves as a master teacher on the Chinese music distant learning network.
Tuesday’s concert is free and open to the public. For more information contact Lee’s School of Music at 423-614-8240.