Charlie Lui – dizi (Chinese bamboo flute) (呂畇初 -笛子)
Grew up in a musical family, Charlie studied the cello under his father Ki Ling Lui (呂其嶺) since 1988. However, in 1995, his interest in Chinese music took over, and the dizi (Chinese bamboo flute) became his primary focus. Charlie moved to Vancouver with his family in 1996 and started to study the dizi intensively with Mr. Jian Min Pan (潘建明). In 2000, he traveled to China to study with dizi virtuoso Mr. Wei-Yu Tan (譚謂裕), professor of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Charlie has won multiple awards at the Kiwanis Music Competition in Vancouver. In addition to the dizi, Charlie masters a wide range of Chinese wind instruments, including modified chi-ba, xiao, xun, koudi, paixiao, bawu, and hulusi. Charlie is the principal dizi player and general director of the BC Chinese Music Orchestra, the largest Chinese music organization in North America. As a soloist, Charlie has performed numerous dizi concerti: 鷓鴣飛、江南春、牧民新歌、秦川抒懷、山村迎親人 Charlie is a member of the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra. In 2008, Charlie co-founded Pentatonics with a number of young Chinese instrumentalists to perform a unique repertoire of original and lively renditions of Chinese, fusion and popular music. Charlie has performed on a number of CDs, including Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra’s “Imaged Worlds” (2010) and composer Jin Zhang’s (張進 Canada) “Tracing“ (2008). In 2011, he premiered concerto grosso“Tsu-ur Song” (潮歌) by Dr. Ning Wang (王寧) with the Nu: BC and the BC Chinese Music Ensemble in a Canada-China collaboration. Charlie has performed Steve Chatman’s “Earth Songs” with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on Oct 22 & 23, 2011.
Qing Chang – sanxian & liuqin (Chinese banjo & mandolin)
Chinese lutist performer and teacher, Qing Chang began playing the Pipa at the age of seven and then studied in the Secondary Annex of Tianjin Conservatory. In 1992, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. During this ten years of learning, she mastered various plucked Chinese instruments, such as Sanxian, Ruan and Guzheng etc. From 1993 to 1995, she performed in the China Broadcast Folk Orchestra and the Central Assembly of Song and Dance Troupe. She won awards for outstanding showmanship in international competition. Qing immigrated to Canada in 1997, and quickly became a well-known Chinese instrumentalist. She has since been involved in concerts, at music festivals, on CBC Radio programs. She also spends her time teaching Pipa and Guzheng at the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver School Board. In 2003, she established the Evelyn Music Teaching Studio in Vancouver and is now an active member of the Canadian Chinese Music Society. She published her personal CD ‘Old Street’ in year 2003 and gave her individual concerts in Regina, Calgary.
常青出生於中國天津，1992年畢業於北京中央音樂學院國樂系。畢業後先後工作於中國廣播民族樂團及中央歌舞團。1997年移民加拿大，致力於教學及表演工作，任教於加拿大UBC大學及Regina音樂學院。学生董美渲在加拿大中国乐器考绩比赛中荣获第一个十级证书和第一届专业“教师音乐节”古筝组比赛第一名。作为一名不可多得的弹拨乐演奏家, 她參與了数百场大型演出，曾表演于新音乐节, 加拿大艺术节，并多次为加拿大CBC电台录制节目。常青曾于2000，2001，2004 应邀举办多次个人音乐会并受到CBC电台专访。2002年出版个人首张专辑“老街”，在此张CD中，她运用琵琶、古筝和三弦三种乐器并自弹自唱，赢得无数的赞誉。
Qing Hua Zheng – yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer)
Qing Hua Zheng is a member of the Chinese Music Association, committee member of the Guang Zhou Yangqin Association, Composer and Senior Planner of the Overseas Cultural Broadcast Center of Guang Zhou City. He was associate professor of the UBC School of Music from 1993-1994. His awards include three awards of the first class in the national competition, Guang Dong youth competition, five awards of the hon¬ourable mention of the national competition. The first well-tempered yangqin solo work is included in the syllabus for advanced yangqin players and is used by the Central, Shanghai, Shenyang, Tianjin and Xing Hai Music Academy. His works also include dance music (”Worship on the Range” was performed in the world music festival; “Fishing Girls” received honourable mention). His solo and ensemble performances are recorded by the Central and Guang Dong TV. He was also composer, conductor and organizer for the Suites for 12 animals and Winner’s medal recordings.
Zhong Xi Wu – suona & sheng (Chinese oboe & reed organ)
Born in northeastern China, Wu started learning reed and wind instruments at the age of eight from his father and elder brother who are both renowned musicians. He graduated from the Heilongjiang College of Performing Arts and was subsequently appointed as the lead suona player and composer for the Heilongjiang Repertory Theatre. He has won many first prizes in music competitions and his name was cited in the “Who’s Who of the World” as the most renowned professionals in China. Wu has performed as a soloist in China, Japan, Hong Kong, U.S.A. and Canada. He has been actively involved in traditional Chinese Opera as well as contemporary theatre and has composed music for experimental theatre productions in New York.
吳忠喜 – 嗩吶、笙
Bruce Henczel – percussion
Bruce Henczel began his musical studies at age three. A multi-instrumentalist, he graduated from Capilano College at the top of his class musically, and academically. He received his Master of Music in percussion performance from the University of British Columbia, where he won many awards, notably, the Concerto Competition. He is an active chamber musician and composer. He currently has two solo cds, and is working on a world music Mass. His print music is published internationally by Honeyrock Publishing, Inc., in Pennsylvania. His diverse musical interests allow him to facilitate drum circles and workshops utilizing rhythms from around the world.
布魯斯．漢素 – 打擊樂
Yun Song – erhu (Chinese Violin)
Yun Song started learning violin and erhu at a young age. Ms Song graduated fromerhu from the China Conservatory of Music studying under erhu Master Ming-Yuan Liu. She won several awards from major competitions at different provinces in China during 1983 to 1989. She was also a member of the Erhu Committee of the Chinese Musicians Association. Ms Song began performing and teaching later in Japan. During her stay, she recorded several CDs of her solo pieces. Song then migrated to Canada and continued her musical and teaching career in Vancouver. She tutors the Bowed Section in the B.C Youth Chinese Orchestra.
Nicole Ge Li – erhu (Chinese Violin)
Nicole Ge Li began learning Erhu at the early age of six, and started training professionally at the age of 11. She graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Erhu. Since 2000, Li has established herself as a renowned, virtuosic performer and recording artist. Mastering both Southern and Northern musical styles of Erhu, Li has premiered and recorded new compositions by a number of accomplished composers as both an acclaimed solo artist and a member of the ensemble. Internationally, Li has performed in numerous countries in Europe, and participated in conferences such as the International Summit, etc. In 2002, Li won Second Place in the “Daily Art” National Chinese Music competition.
She held her own concert in 2011, which was also the first Erhu recital ever performed in Canada. The 2012/13 season will see the first of many World Premieres of new works for erhu and piano written for her and virtuoso pianist Corey Hamm as they embark on an exciting cross-cultural commissioning project of many Chinese and Canadian composers before touring and recording the new works over the next two years in both Canada and China. Currently, Nicole Li is the concert master of B.C. Chinese Orchestra and also a performer in the BC Chinese Music Ensemble. She teaches and records in her own musical studio, JW Music Studio. For more on Nicole Ge Li, please visit her website.
Jun Rong — gaohu
Rong Jun is a well known erhu player who received her music education at China Music Academy in Beijing China. After moving to Vancouver, Jun has developed her career as performer and teacher. Her out standing technique is well recognized by the her professional peers and her followers. She has played with Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Youth Symphony, Calgary Symphony and Vancouver Symphony and been involved in many concerts, festivals, and recorded works for film, CDs and CBC radio. She was chosen by Chinese Culture Centre to play her internationally recognized string quartet Vega Strings as erhu soloist. Her performance was marked as “brilliant erhu playing” by the concert review in the Vancouver Sun. Beside playing Chinese traditional music, Jun is playing in jazz band Koan and Vancouver Inter Culture Orchestra which mixes western and eastern instruments and creates new style of music.
Zhong Cai Yang – zhonghu (Chinese Viola)
Professor Yang Zhong Cai is the music director of erhu disciplines at the Vanada Y.C. Music Academy. In 2012 he was a master class instructor at the Tzar’s village music festival, and a judge at the Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival . He took third place at the professional erhu performers competition in China and was selected in the “World Who’s Who of Chinese literature and art.”
Eddie Yu – Bao Sheng (zither)
Born in Hong Kong. Yu has participated in a lot of Chinese Music activities in Hong Kong from late 70’s until he immigrated to Vancouver. Yu was the vice-president & president of the Wang Kwong Chinese Orchestra, which is the top amateur Chinese Music Orchestra in Hong Kong at that time. In 1977, the Music Office in Hong Kong was founded, Yu was selected as the sheng player for the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra. Yu had toured with the Orchestra throughout Great Britain and Paris for 6 weeks. After settled down in Vancouver, Yu joined the BC Chinese Orchestra and continues to promote Chinese Music.
Ms. Jiang is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, who started her professional training at age of 10. After graduated from Wu Han Musical Conservatory, she became a member of the Chime Bell Ensemble of Hubei Province of 20 years, with which she recorded numerous radio broadcasts, TV programs, films, and performed in tours to the United States, Japan and Singapore. Trained in major as a guzheng player, she also played the sanxian (three-string fretless lute), pipa, ruan and jingerhu.