THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 04
An award-winning duet that specializes in Chinese traditional music will present a free concert Sept. 18 at Oklahoma City University.
The husband-and-wife team, Li Feng-yun and Wang Jian-xin, are professors at Tianjin Conservatory of Music. Their concert – featuring the ancient instruments of qin and xiao -- is 8 p.m. in Petree Recital Hall on the OCU campus.
“We are excited about offering our students insight into more music of the world,” said Mark Parker, dean of OCU’s Bass School of Music. “We see our new partners in China bringing a high level of authentic Chinese music to our students and to Oklahoma.”
Tianjin Conservatory, China’s oldest music school, signed a five-year cultural exchange agreement with the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University in 2007.
Li Feng-yun is an expert on the qin, China’s most ancient instrument. In 2003, the qin was registered as one of the masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, the United Nations' Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization.
Li earned her undergraduate degree in pipa and qin performance and is an associate professor of Tianjin Conservatory. She is chair of the Tianjin Qin Association, and a member of Chinese Musicians Association. She has won awards in qin performance, including at the National Guangdong Music Competition, International Jiangnan Sizhu Music Competition, and the Hangzhou Qin Invitational. She has performed on three continents and records under the HUGO label.
Wang Jian-xin has been professor of music at Tianjin Conservatory of Music since 1987. His degrees are in traditional Chinese instrumental performance and teaching, with a doctorate in Chinese music history. He was honored at the International Jiangnan Sizhu Music Competition in Shanghai.
Wang plays several instruments, including the di, xiao, xun, sheng, and hulusi. Over the past two decades, he has conducted master classes, performed solo recitals, and played with contemporary music ensembles in Singapore, Malaysia, Russia, Japan, Poland, Hong Kong, and the United States.
The Tianjin Conservatory of Music is one of nine music conservatories in China. It has 2,800 students and 181 full-time instructors. The conservatory participates in European faculty exchanges, hosts international academic conferences, master classes, and brokers exchanges with music ensembles from around the world.
The agreement with Oklahoma City University calls for joint research activities, faculty and student exchanges, and participation in international seminars.
For more information on the Sept. 18 concert, contact the office of Dean Mark Parker at (405) 208-5474.