Wang Fei and Li Xiangting
(USA and China)
Presented by North American Guqin Association (duration 90 minutes)
This performance was made possible in part by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.
Renowned guqin performer Wang Fei will join her teacher, Li Xiangting, one of today’s leading guqin masters, a Living National Treasure of China, to guide us on a special musical journey. It will commemorate her grand teacher, guqin master Zha Fuxi. This concert will introduce guqin music from various past dynasties through to the present day and will focus on Zha Fuxi’s music and style as well as presenting a newly composed work to celebrate the 120th anniversary of his birth and the 70th anniversary of the Library of Congress recordings.
Wang Fei is a renowned guqin performer and director of the North American Guqin Association. Wang Fei began her study of the guqin under one of the great living guqin masters, Li Xiangting, in 1985. She has won several awards for Chinese music and has toured internationally. Her works were featured at many prestigious arts festivals. She has received honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Department of State, the Library of Congress, and the American Folklife Center. She has lectured at Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCLA. Her music was included in an American textbook. See www.feiwang.com.
Guest Artist Professor Li Xiangting is recognized as a world-class master. He has traveled extensively throughout the world to give over 50 guqin solo concerts, and has published numerous recordings and scholarly works. He is currently a distinguished professor of guqin at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. The Chinese Ministry of Culture has recently declared him one of the ten National Representative Heirs to China's Intangible Culture. See www.guqin.org.