Artist Profiles: Lunlun Zou

Lunlun Zou

Lunlun Zou is a guzheng virtuoso, renowned for her graceful and effortless style. She has performed at some of the world’s most respected concert halls and opera houses. Lunlun devotes most of her time to concert performances and to teaching young talent, passing on the rich heritage of guzheng art. Over the many years Lunlun has been playing guzheng, she has developed a style of her own.

Lunlun was born in a family with a long tradition of guzheng virtuosity. She started studying guzheng at age 7. While other children were playing with their friends and toys, Lunlun’s best friend was her guzheng. Lunlun studied at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music, where she was taught by Masters Zhao Yuzhai, Cao Zheng, Lu Diansheng and Zhang Jinxia. Many years later, she graduated from the Conservatory with highest honors.

Lunlun has been performing since a very young age and often took part in competitions of Chinese traditional music. She won many prizes and awards. She regularly tours through major cities in China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, USA, records for radio and television and often performs to benefit the poor and unfortunate.

After graduating from university in 1991, she was appointed as solo guzheng player in the Liaoning Dance Troup. In 1995, she moved to New Zealand and was invited to perform at the New Zealand National Museum, New Zealand-Sino Friendship Association, “Orient Express Radio”, “Page 90” Gallery of Porirua, and the Genghis Khan Cultural Heritage Exhibition. In 1997, she was invited by the New Zealand’s Governor General to perform for the opening ceremony of the “Asian Arts Festival” at the Government House. In 1999, Lunlun performed for Jiang Zemin during his visit in Sydney.

Lunlun’s interest in music is not limited to Chinese and Asian music. She also enjoys listening to Western classical music and has traveled to Vienna, Frankfurt and Prague to study opera and classical music from the most renowned performers, conductors and conservatory professors. Lunlun has deep appreciation for ancient folk music of other world cultures and often includes their music in her concerts.

Because of her love for music, Lunlun strives passionately to promote rich Chinese and Asian cultural heritage inside and outside China.

She currently performs and teaches in Hong Kong.

Discography:

Spring Hope (Art Tune Recording Company)
The Treasury of Zheng Music (2006)
Songs From the Imperial Palace (2014)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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