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Liu Fang - soloist for pipa (Chinese lute) and guzheng (zither)

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Artist Description
As a child prodigy in her native China, now a resident of Canada, Liu Fang has been regarded as one of the most eminent soloists for pipa (Chinese lute). She is equally excellent on the Guzheng (Chinese zither), and has performed numerous concerts throughout world to massive acclaim, including solo recitals of Chinese traditional and classical music as well as contemporary music with orchestras, string quartets and ensembles. She has also premiered a number of new compositions such as the works of Canada’s eminent composers R Murray Schafer and Jose Evangelista, and made frequent appearances in national and international TV and radios. Liu Fang is also highly acclaimed for her “Silk and Steel projects” in which she has collaborated with world class musicians from various traditions, and has released 9 solo and collaborative albums. Her most recent recording 'Silk Sound', under the French Label Accords Crosses, won the prestigious Academie Charles Cros Award (the French equivalent of the Grammy). Liu Fang is referred to in the press as "the empress of pipa” (L'actualité, 2001), “divine mediator” (World, 2006), “the greatest ambassadress of the art of the pipa” (La presse, 2002) and “possessing virtuoso technique, grace and a unique empathy toward the music she plays – whether it is a traditional folk tune or a modern Western composition” (All Music Guide, 2004). In 2001, Liu Fang was the only musician to receive the prestigious 'Future Generation Millennium Prize' awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts to three artists of different disciplines under 30 years of age.

"one musician, but ten talented fingers" - Sir Ian McKellen

"Masterful, graceful and riveting" -BBC (London, UK).

Liu Fang’s total devotion to her playing has moved her beyond perfect execution to the creativity and flexibility that marks a true musician." - - fROOTS Magazine, UK.

"a intermédiare which corresponds completely to the magic of the music of Liu Fang, divine mediator" (un intermédiare qui correspond tout à fait à la magie de la musique de Liu Fang, médiatrice divine) -World (France) .

Instruments with video demo:
pipa (Chinese lute)
guzheng (Chinese zither)

Booking information:

- Solo concerts: Traditional and classical Chinese music for pipa & guzheng;
- Duo pipa & guitar: Traditional, classical & contemporary music from the East & West;
- Duo pipa & violin: From traditional to avant-garde freestyle improvisation;
- Contemporary music for solo, duo, ensemble, pipa with string quartet, pipa concertos with orchestra, & Inter-cultural collaborations (Silk & Steel projects).

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General details
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GoPro listing details
GoPro listing id 3788
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Added 01.19.2011

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