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Concertmaster Violinist Pianist Erhu Artist Soprano Chinese-Zita Flutist

Concertmaster - Yunzhi Liu

Yunzhi Liu is the concertmaster of the China National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO) and a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. He began his violin studies with his father at the age of four and first appeared on stage when he was only eight years old. Mr. Liu graduated from Jilin College of Arts with a literary degree with a focus on music. Noted for being an excellent student, he attracted the attention of the Central Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1985, he joined the Central Philharmonic Orchestra - the forerunner and original name of the China National Symphony Orchestra.

For more than ten years, Liu Yunzhi has been concertmaster and soloist of the China National Symphony Orchestra. He has been exceptionally active on stages both home and abroad. Besides his frequent tours in China, including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Province, he has also toured many countries and regions with the orchestra. His travels have taken him to the USA, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Japan, Mexico and Australia, where he gained much admiration and respect for his skills. He is well known for his performance of the violin concertos of Tchaikovsky, Mendelsson and other composers’ works. In Europe, his interpretation of Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto received enthusiastic ovations from many audiences. Liu Yunzhi has given numerous impressive concerts with many music masters including Seiji Ozawa, Yehudi Menuhin, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur, Isaac Stern, Martha Argerich, Mutter and Krzysztof Penderecki. The masters all praised him as “one of the best concertmasters” they had ever heard.

Yunzhi Liu’s versatility includes being an outstanding chamber music player. The string quartet of the Central Philharmonic Orchestra, with Liu Yunzhi as the principal violinist, enjoyed an exalted reputation both in China and abroad. In 1990s, the quartet toured Europe to take part in many international music festivals and was highly commended by music circles. In 2000, Liu Yunzhi pursued his advanced studies at Munich Conservatory under the guidance of the famous violinist Erno Sebestyen. He was complimented as “a violinist with brilliant understanding and skills, who would play an active and important role in any orchestra he joins.”

乐队首席: 刘云志

    著名小提琴演奏家。现任中国交响乐团乐队首席。刘云志出生于音乐之家,4岁开始随父学琴,8岁即登台演奏。1981年考入吉林艺术学院,在校期间曾参加全国小提琴比赛并获奖。1985年以优异的成绩毕业后考入前中央乐团。1991年任乐队首席至今。10年来,刘云志作为乐队首席,始终活跃于国内及国际音乐舞台,除经常在国内巡回演出外,更随团出访了世界许多国家和地区,如:美国、英国、德国、奥地利、西班牙、日本、墨西哥、东南亚国家及我国香港、澳门特别行政区和台湾地区等。他还与世界著名音乐家、指挥家小泽征尔、梅纽因、迪图瓦、斯特恩、潘德列斯基等有过令人难记的合作,大师们不止一次地惊叹中国有如此出色的乐队首席,他们称赞刘云志是他们所见过的“优秀首席之一”。刘云志以其出众的音乐才华为我国的国家乐团赢得了声望。 作为一名小提琴独奏家,刘云志曾经与国内著名乐团如:中国交响乐团、前中央乐团、上海交响乐团、北京交响乐团、中国广播交响乐团等合作,成功演出了柴科夫斯基门德尔松等作曲家的小提琴协奏曲,他还录制了许多独奏,重奏及个人专辑唱片。受到听众的广泛赞誉。 刘云志还是一位杰出的室内乐演奏家。以他为第一小提琴的前中央乐团弦乐车重奏组名声远扬。90年代,四重奏组曾作为中国音乐家代表团赴欧洲访问演出,他们还参加了罗马尼亚埃内斯库音乐节、俄罗斯中国艺术节等国际音乐活动,四重奏组所到之处均受到同行们的一致好评。 2000年2月,刘云志被公派赴德慕尼黑音乐学院子进修,师从著名小提琴家塞巴斯提安,同年9月以优异的成绩结业。学院在给刘云志的结业证书上写道:“他是个具有特殊才能的人,具有超群的领悟力和技术水平,在他所任职的任何一个音乐团体中,他的演奏和参与都会产生重要的积极的影响。

 

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Violinist - Chuanyun Li

www.violinist-chuanyunli.com

“If China wants to have a great violinist, they have one. All they have to do is look after him,” concluded violinist maestro Ruggiero Ricci (March, 2004) after listening to Chinese violinist Chuanyun Li. “This boy should make a great career. He has a fantastic violinist capability. He is technically and musically very quick. … He is intuitive… He has a lot of temperament. He’s strong. Temperament is very important. He’s got all the requisites.” Hailed by The Daily Camera (July, 2003) as “a massive talent with astonishing dynamic and expressive range…,” Chuanyun Li began his violin lessons at the age of three with his parents. A prize winner in the Beijing Youth and Junior Violin Competition at 5 and an active member of the Yip’s Children Art Centre since settling in Hong Kong in 1986, he has studied with Professor Yaoji Lin from Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He won the First Prize in the Fifth Wieniawski International Youth Violin Competition at 11 by the unanimous vote of twenty judges, becoming the youngest prizewinner under 16. In 1996, he was awarded a full scholarship to the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School of Music where he studied with Dorothy DeLay, Itzhak Perlman and Hyo Kang. He participated in the Aspen Music Festival from 1995 to 2001 and won the Nakamichi Violin Concerto Competition held in Aspen in 1996. He continued his studies with Dorothy DeLay and Kurt Sassmannshaus at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1999 and 2000. With the support of the Clarisse B Kampel Foundation, Li furthers his studies with Joey Corpus in New York City. Li performs on a G.B. Guadagnini, of Turin, Italy, c 1784 on extended loan from the Stradivari Society. Li has collaborated with such orchestras as the Rotterdam Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev, the Detroit Symphony under Neemi Jarvi, China National Symphony with Xincao Li, Colorado Festival Orchestra with Michael Christie, Singapore Symphony with Lan Shui and Okko Kamu and the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra with Yazaki Hikotaro. In 2001, Li toured to France with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta under the baton of Tsung Yeh. In September 2003, at 5 days notice, Li replaced Maxim Vengerov and performed Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole and Ravel’s Tzigane with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra under Rumon Gamba. He appeared in the Tri-Institutional Noon Recital with Robert Koenig at the Rockefeller University in New York in September, 2004.

Press Reviews

“Young Violinist Gives Breath-taking Performance” ......“Li had the freshness and exuberance of a teenager as he approached the devillishly delightful “Concerto in D minor” by Khachaturian. …..Li’s style of playing had an enviable freedom from technical concern that allowed him to play “outside of the box.” Which he did, quite literally. ….. he poured out intensely romantic passages or the glittering chords and spiccatos of the first movement cadenza. He created his own fingerboard shifting patterns, reminiscent of Fritz Kreisler, to enhance the melodrama of the beautiful second movement lament and the third movement theme all on the G-string. That third movement was a tour de force for everybody and it all came off like a whirlwind. ......This artist’s career is certainly one to watch. ” -THE ELLSWORTH AMERICAN, Thursday, March 10, 2005 By Win Pusey, Special to The Ellsworth American “BSO Mixes Memories With Energy of Youth” “…. Chuanyun Li, a ball of virtuoso. The concerto begins with a fast melody, which Li handled with an almost fiddle vernacular. From there, the young man slid, soared, and screamed through 35 minutes of boundless energetic performance. An extended cadenza in the second – and rather Gershwinesque – movement and the seamless rejoin with the orchestra afterward were absolutely breathtaking. -BANGOR DAILY NEWS, Monday, March 7, 2005 By Helen York, Special to the News ......Always he seemed to be able to put a fresh spin to the music and his cantabile was a thing of much splendour, especially in the luscious melodies of the slow section. You could very nearly see the music blossoming whenever he played. I heard gasps around when he played his cadenza - certainly he has not lost his ability to stun. -The Concert Reviews by Derek Lim, Nov.26 2004 - Japan’s foremost pedagogue, koichira Harada, professor at Toho University and former leader of the Tokyo Quartet had the highest praise for Li: “In listening to the sound track of Together, I though the playing was so outstanding that it was one of the legendary virtuosos of the past, perhaps Milstein or Heifetz.” - From “Stradivari Society No.16

 

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Pianist - Sa Chen

CRYSTAL AWARD recipient of the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

Born into a musical family in Henan, China, Sa Chen shares with Lang Lang and Yundi Li the distinction of being named one of the top three Chinese virtuoso pianists today by the legendary artist and teacher Fou Ts'Ong: "I will be happy if they do better than me." She has collaborated with the Berne, City of Birmingham, Shanghai, and Latvian Symphony Orchestras, as well as the China, Israel, Strasbourg, and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestras. A frequent guest artist in China and Japan, she has also appeared in recital and festival engagements in Basel, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Milan, Minneapolis, Sydney, and Vancouver. She was invited to perform with Gidon Kremer and Nicolaj Znaider at the Kronberg and Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festivals, and was soloist with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra at the re-opening concert of the legendary Shanghai Concert Hall this season.

Major awards and honors began in 1994 for Sa Chen, when she won first prize at the 1994 China International Piano Competition. Winning fourth prize in the Leeds International Piano Competition 1996 as the youngest contestant in the competition, marked the beginning of Sa Chen's international career. This was followed by Second Prize at the Dudley Millennium Competition 2000 and at Guildhall: the 1999 Spender Boney Memorial Prize, Silver Medal and Crystal Glass Trophy in the Gold Medal Concerto Competition 2000, First Prize of the Beethoven Competition 2000, and the Concert Recital Diploma Premier Prix of Guildhall 2000. Her most recent award was at the 14th International Chopin Piano Competition in October 2000, at which she claimed the Best Polonaise Performance Award as well as the Fourth Prize, overall. Her Crystal award in the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition firmed up her reputation of one of the most outstanding pianists of today in the world.

Her solo assignments have taken Sa Chen to many of the European music centers: London,Warsaw, Milan, Berlin, Linz, Basel, Copenhagen. Sa Chen has also given concerts in the United States, Canada, Asia, in Tel Aviv and at Sydney Opera House in Australia. Among the many festivals she has visited are the Duszniki Chopin Festival, Louisiana Museum, Le Musiques festival. As well as in China, her appearances were in Beijing Music Festival, Steinway Piano Competition Festival, and Gulangyu Piano Festival.

As a soloist, Sa Chen has worked with many celebrated conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, James Conlon, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Ilan Volkov, Kazimierz Kord, Muhai Tang, Long Yu, several of whom have already offered return engagements. She has performed with, among many others, the City of Birmingham Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Strasbourg Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. She regularly tours in Japan. In 2000 and 2001, she was invited for over 20 concerts throughout Japan and she was selected in the prestigious Tokyo series "The 100 Great Pianists of the Twentieth Century". In 2003-2004 season, she was invited as performance partner by renowned violinist Gidon Kremer to many occasions. She also gave concerts for Chopin Society in U.S. and Vancouver, Canada. Sa Chen's debut disc "Chopin Impression" was released in 2003 under the JVC label. Her second CD will be released in fall 2005 by Harmonia Mundi.

 

    陈萨是中国目前最具天才潜力和影响力的青年女钢琴家。她1979年11月生于重庆。7岁起学习钢琴,9岁时考入四川音乐学院但昭义教授教学班,琴艺迅速提高。10岁时参加全国少年钢琴邀请赛获少年组第一名。12岁(1991年)考入四川音乐学院附中,在学院培育和但昭义老师指导下,先后获得1992年“珠江杯”全国少年钢琴邀请赛专业组第一名及1994年首届中国国际钢琴比赛青年组第一名,同时获得中国作品优秀演奏奖,得到了国际评委和国内音乐界的高度评价。

    1994年陈萨同李云迪随但昭义教授转入深圳艺术学校继续学习。1995年7月参加“95中国杰出少年演奏家”演出团赴澳洲访问演出。 8月应邀参加上海国际广播音乐节 并与上海交响乐团合作演出了钢琴协奏曲《黄河》一举成功,赢得了上海及全国观众的称赞。1996年9月陈萨参加英国利兹国际钢琴比赛,勇夺第四名。成为第一位该项赛事上获奖的中国人。她随后和西蒙.拉特尔爵士(Sir Simon Rattle)指挥的伯明翰市交响乐团合作,被英国广播公司转播。

    1997年深圳艺术学校毕业,陈萨赴英留学,就读于英国伦敦乔凯音乐戏剧学院。1999年取得英国演奏家文凭,2001年获得了音乐硕士学位。她在英国学习期 间获得许多奖项。包括1996年获得斯班瑟,邦尼纪念奖;2000年金奖协奏曲比赛银奖和水晶奖杯;贝多芬,克劳德,本丁顿比赛第一名等。2000年10 月,她同李云迪一起参加波兰第十四届肖邦国际钢琴大奖赛,夺得了极具国际性的殊荣-肖邦国际钢琴大赛第四名,同时获得了波兰舞曲特别演奏奖。2005年初,陈萨在被称为“世界上难度最高的钢琴比赛”的第12届范.克莱本国际钢琴比赛上的赢得了第三名—水晶奖。这是中国选手历年来第一次在这项赛事中进入前三名。

    陈萨是唯一获得过肖邦国际钢琴比赛,利兹国际钢琴比赛,和范.克莱本国际钢琴比赛三个世界最高规格比赛奖项的中国人。 第14届肖邦钢琴比赛评委远藤郁子称她-“才华不逊于李云迪,造诣确实令人惊讶”。波兰媒体评论陈萨-是“ 敏感的、好幻想的、善于表达丰富色彩的钢琴家”。她“闪光精湛的技艺和珍珠般的音质”奠定了她“中国钢琴时代”领军人物和“钢琴才女”的地位。

 

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Erhu Artist - Wei Zhou

Wei Zhou, a graduate of the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory of Music, is one of the top Erhu soloists in China and music adviser at the China Oriental Song & Dance Ensemble (National Song & Dance Ensemble).

In 1982, Wei Zhou won the first prize at the National Traditional Musical Instruments Competition. In 1994, he won a gold medal for his “China’s String Melody - Wei Zhou Erhu Recital Album”. In 1995, he achieved great success in Erhu recital in Beijing.

Through years of his stage experience, Wei Zhou has formed his own style of arts presentation. Capable of exploring and blazing new trails, he has succeeded in broadening the scope of Erhu’s presentation by combining sounds of Erhu with modern electric music instruments and special musical instruments of Southeast Asia. As a versatile artist, Zhou is accomplished in composition, conducting and performance. Some of his masterpieces, such as Ripe Grapes, Caprice on India and Pakistan as well as his fascination playing of the Moon Reflected on the Erquan Fountain and Horse Racing appealed to audience in China and abroad.

Zhou has visited more than 40 countries in Europe, Asia, North and South America. In 2005, during President Bush’s visit to China, Zhou wrote a music entitled “Capriccio on the American Past” for that special occasion. He performed at the Welcoming Dinner hosted by the Chinese President Jingtao Hu and was warmly welcomed by Chinese and American leaders.

 

二胡演奏家 周维

    周维,著名二胡演奏家,中国东方歌舞团音乐指导。中国音乐家协会二胡学会副理事长兼秘书长,中国民族管弦乐学会胡琴委员会常务理事,中央音乐学院客座教授。曾获全国民乐独奏比赛一等奖。他集作曲、指挥、演奏于一身,使二胡这件乐器既传统又现代。作品“葡萄熟了”`“印巴随想曲”`“鸽子”`“莫斯科的回忆”`“红枫叶随想”,等曲在国内外广为流传,出访四十多个国家和地区,深受国内外听众的欢迎。

 

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Soprano - Junhua Chen

Junhua Chen graduated from the China Conservatory of Music and is currently a vocalist at China Oriental Song & Dance Ensemble (National Song & Dance Ensemble). She has won a number of awards in Chinese and international competitions, including the 2nd prize in group of folksong performance of the 3rd National Youth Singer TV Competitions, the Bronze Medal of the China MTV Competition, the Silver Medal at the International Art Festival entitled with “Spring of April” held in the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea. Her performance of “The Flying Butterfly” was granted the Best Performance at the 21 Century International Art Festival held in Budapest and become the first Chinese folksong prize winner in Europe.

Ms. Chen has visited many countries including the U.S., Canada, Austria, Australia, Argentina, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Russia, Thailand, Malaysia and many regions in the world. She has attended the Spring Festival Evening of CCTV in five consecutive years and launched solo CD edition “Spring of Blossom” and solo DVD “The Flying Butterfly” as well as many MTV works. Her sweet tone and impressive performance combines both passion and connotation and intoxicates the audience with her beautiful singing, mellow rhythms and truthfulness. With solid foundation as an opera vocalist and personal singing style, she has developed her unique artistic glamour.

 

女高音演唱家 陈俊华

    陈俊华,中国东方歌舞团(国家歌舞团)歌唱家,毕业于中国音乐学院。是一位对音乐很有感悟能力和坚实的戏曲功底的歌唱家。曾获1988年第三届全国青年歌手电视大奖赛民族唱法二等奖、 1994年中国音乐电视MTV大赛铜奖、2000年朝鲜 “四月之春国际艺术节”银奖、2001年“布达佩斯21世纪国际艺术节”最佳演唱奖,成为中国民歌演唱在欧洲获奖的第一人。

    她曾出访美国,加拿大,奥地利,澳大利亚,阿根廷,南斯拉夫,保加利亚、罗马尼亚、波兰、白俄罗斯、泰国,马来西亚、印度及香港、澳门地区。2005年参加中央电视台在印度,阿根廷举办的大型文艺汇演;并参加美国举办的“2005中美文化年”活动。

    已推出个人CD专辑《花开在春季》、首张唐宋诗词《华之韵》和个人DVD专辑《蝶儿飞》。

 

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Chinese-Zita - Xiaohong Zhang

Xiaohong Zhang is currently a Guzheng teacher at the Beijing Opera Art Institute and a member of Guzheng Art Committee of Chinese Musician Association and the China Traditional Orchestra Society.

Zhang has been active in both domestic and international music scenes. In 1989, she won the second prize in China’s First National TV Contest on Traditional Musical Instruments. She has worked with the China Central Opera Theatre, The National Ballet of China and the China National Symphony Orchestra. As a member of the prestigious China Traditional Chamber Music Group, she performed many special traditional music concerts in China’s best venues including Beijing Concert Hall and Shanghai Grand Theatre. She has been invited to perform in TV, movies, and radio programs for over a thousand times.

Zhang has visited many countries including U.S., Germany, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, and many regions in the world.

 

古筝演奏家 张晓红

    张晓红,中国音协古筝艺术委员会会员,中国民族管弦乐学会会员。1988年毕业于西安音乐学院, 现任北京戏曲艺术学院音乐系古筝教师。1989年获海内外民族器乐“ART”杯古筝比赛鼓励奖,1989年获全国首届民族器乐电视大奖赛古筝二等奖。

    她多年来活跃于国内许多大型演出舞台,先后与中央歌剧院、中央芭蕾舞团、中国交响乐团等著名团体合作演出。曾作为国内著名民乐重奏小组成员在北京音乐厅、上海大剧院等举办多次民乐专场音乐会。先后为唱片公司、影视剧、春节晚会录制古筝音乐千余次。

    曾多次应邀出访美国、德国、日本、泰国、香港等地演出。

 

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Flutist - Yue Chen

Yue Chen graduated from the China Conservatory of Music in 2000 and is China’s first female graduate who received a Master’s degree in bamboo flute. She has been studying with Chinese renowned bamboo flutist Mr. Songting Zhao and Prof. Weiliang Zhang and Guoji Jiang. She is currently teaching bamboo flute in the China Conservatory of Music. Chen is also a member of the Chinese Institute of National Orchestral Music, and the National wind Research Society of the Chinese Musicians Association.

In 2002, Ms. Chen won the Silver Medal at the Group of Bamboo Flute in the First National Traditional Instrument Competition Sponsored by China’s Ministry of Culture. In the same year, she was invited to present a recital in the Sydney Opera House. In 2003, she was invited to a performance at “A Night of Chinese Culture” in Versailles. In 2004, she was invited to perform at the Europe Art Festival held in Ireland and Latvia, and the Beijing Culture Week. She also performed during the 2005 “China Festival” in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Chen has visited many countries including the U.S., Japan, South Korea, France, Russia, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Brazil, Argentina and Britan. She has launched five solo CDs including “Songs without words“, “Flower in a riot of color”. She also published several research papers such as “On the Culture of Bamboo Flute in the Poetry of Tang and Song Dynasties”.

 

竹管乐器演奏家 陈悦

    陈悦, 2000年毕业于中国音乐学院,并成为中国第一个女性笛子研究生。曾师从著名演奏家赵松庭先生、张维良先生、蒋国基先生。现留校任教。中国音乐家协会民族管乐研究会会员、中国民族管弦乐学会会员、中国竹笛专业委员会副秘书长。 曾多次应邀参加中央电视台重大演出及录音录像。

    2002年获文化部第一届中国青少年民族器乐独奏比赛竹笛青年专业组银奖,同年成功地举办了个人专场音乐会并应邀在悉尼歌剧院演出;2003年赴法国先后参加2003法国凡尔赛“中国文化之夜”演出;2004年出访爱尔兰、拉托维亚参加欧洲艺术节;2005年赴美国参加“2005华盛顿中国文化节北京文化周”演出。 曾出访美国、日本、韩国、法国、俄罗斯、澳大利亚、德国、爱尔兰、拉托维亚、巴西、阿根廷、英国等国家和地区,受到广泛好评。曾录制发行了笛子专辑《情竹》、《无词歌》,箫专辑《箫色》、《乱红•与钢琴的即兴》。发表论文《赵松庭的笛乐创作与婺剧音乐的渊源关系》、《浅谈唐诗宋词中的笛箫文化》。

 

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