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Artist Profiles: Li Xiangting

Li Xiangting

Li Xiangting was born in 1940 in Liaoyuan, China.

Li Xiangting is a world-class guqin (Chinese 7 string zither) and xiao (Chinese vertical bamboo flute) master. He is currently a distinguished professor of guqin at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, vice-president of the China Guqin Committee and the Beijing Guqin Research Association, and senior consultant to the North American Guqin Association.

Professor Li is renowned not only for his individual style of guqin music but also for his refined traditional scholarly skills in xiao flute playing, calligraphy, ink-painting and poetry.

Born in Liaoyuan, northeast China, he graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 1963 and studied with influential master Zha Fuxi. He studied painting with distinguished masters Pan Su and Pu Xuezhai.

Between 1989 and 1994 he accepted fellowships at the universities of Cambridge and London and has traveled extensively throughout the world for both his guqin performances and his other scholarly activities.

Besides performing in China, Li Xiangting has also staged recitals in many countries in Europe and Asia as well as the USA. He has also recorded and arranged solo guqin music for a number of films and television dramas, including “The Emperor’s Shadow”, “The Confidante” and “Zhuge Liang”. He has also lectured at various universities.

The recital he held in 1982 at the Oriental Music Festival in England was the first of its kind in the history of the guqin. In August 2003, he was selected as the only Chinese music performer at the International Edinburgh Festival. Professor Li?s prolific publications range from several dozen research articles, poems and books through to music CDs and exhibitions of his calligraphy and ink-paintings.

He has published more than a dozen guqin recordings. He released his first guqin instructional video CD in 2000. In November 1994, he received the “Outstanding Ethnic Writers and Painters Award” granted by the Chinese Artists’ Association and the Chinese Authors’ Association.

His guqin album ” the Glow of Sunset and Flowing Water” won the Golden Tripod Award in Taipei. In 2002, a special program about his guqin improvisations by the China National Radio Station won the Best Production Award at the Shanghai International Music Festival. One of his main contributions to the art of the guqin is his exploration of contemporary works such as improvisation, East-West collaboration and creative compositions for the guqin.

His guqin album the Glow of Sunset and Flowing Water won the Golden Tripod Award in Taipei. In 2002, the special program about his guqin improvisation by the China National Radio Station won the Best Production Award at the Shanghai International Music Festival.


China: The Art of the Qin – Chine: L’Art Du Qin (Ocora, 1990)
Soul of China (Manu Music Productions, 1994)
Tao of Healing ‎(Soundings Of The Planet, 2000)
Sleeping Lotus ‎(Real Music, 2005)
Music of the Song Dynasty (Marco Polo, 2016)


Artist Profiles: Wang Fei

Wang Fei

Wang Fei is an award-winning artist, published writer and accomplished musician who has toured internationally. Wang Fei was professionally trained in literature, music and art since childhood and studied with several masters in these fields. Not only is she one of the few scholars who have truly mastered the qin and who can bring qin music to a wider audience, she is also one of the few qin performers who still maintain the qin in the traditional way, as a scholarly art. Her elegant, graceful and peaceful style brings to her audiences the feeling of reading poems and enjoying Chinese landscape painting when they listen to her qin playing.

She has won several awards in the field of Chinese music and has given concerts numerous speeches, lectures, workshops and seminars on the guqin for many prestigious universities around the world as well as to the general public in China, the USA and Japan. She has written articles introducing the guqin to the public. Her music was included in an American textbook and CD on geography and music in 2003 to represent Chinese music. Not only is Wang Fei an outstanding guqin player she also organizes and promotes guqin-related activities and events.

Wang Fei

In recognition of her achievements in cultural exchange between China and other countries, she was made an Honorary Citizen of the City of Baltimore in 1993 and a Daughter of the City of Maoka Japan in 1995. Over a hundred television radio magazine and newspaper journalists from China the USA and Japan have interviewed her and written articles about her. Her biographical profile was included in the Chinese version of “World Who’s Who” in 1998 and “World Class Chinese Intellectuals in the Musical And Artistic Fields” vol. 5.

Wang Fei is the founder and director of the North American Guqin Association (NAGA), a council member of the China Guqin Committee and one of the youngest members of the qualifications committee and examiners for the national guqin grading examination in China.

Wang Fei is also a well-known author in China. She and her two sisters have been called the Chinese Bront Sisters. Their book “Three Sisters’ Skies and Dreams” was a bestseller in Beijing in 1997.