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Artist Profiles: Mengmeng Wu

Mengmeng Wu

Mengmeng Wu was born in Huaxi village, Jiangsu, southeast China. She learned the guzheng from the age of six and her talent was noticed during her first stage performance at the age of ten.

In 2002, she enrolled in the Affiliated High School of the China Conservatory of Music, where she studied the guzheng for 6 years with distinguished experts Professor Ji Wei. In 2008, she trained for another 4 years at the Central Conservatory of Music, China under Professor Ji Wei and celebrated guzheng Master Professor Li Meng, where she graduated with a BMMus in guzheng performance. In the University, Miss WU participated in premieres of Guzheng quatet “One Thousand Kilometers Way to Go”, written by Professor LI Meng and Guzheng trio “Spirit of Zheng”, written by Malaysian composer Zhao Junyi. Moreover, she was frequently invited to perform for Music Channel of CCTV. She won the Gold Prize for Guzheng Solo in the 4th Zhong Sin International Music Competition in 2010 and a Gold Award for guzheng solo in the 1st Huain Cup International Chinese Music Competition in 2012.

Since relocating to London in 2014, Mengmeng has performed at a wide range of venues including SOAS, University of London, Blackheath Hall with the Trinity Laban Orchestra, the Manchester International Festival (2015) with Damon Albarn, the Lake District Summer Music International Festival.

Mengmeng is an open-minded artist who enjoys experimenting with new music and fusion music, such as collaborative works of electronic music and Guzheng, trying to adapt LiberTango, using Chinese and Western musical instruments (guzheng, pipa and accordion) to interpret the work.

At the beginning of 2017, Mengmeng set up a music studio CCIS Chinese Classical Instruments Studio in the UK.

Discography:

The Art of the Chinese Guzheng (ARC Music, 2019)

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The Exquisite Guzheng of Wu Mengmeng

Wu Mengmeng – The Art of the Chinese Guzheng v

Wu Mengmeng – The Art of the Chinese Guzheng (ARC Music, 2019)

The Art of the Chinese Guzheng is a set of solo performances by award-winning Chinese instrumentalist Wu Mengmeng. The ghuzeng is also known as zheng or qin zheng. It’s a harp or zither that has been used for over 2500 and is one of the most recognizable Chinese musical instruments.

Wu Mengmeng is a master guzheng player and she delivers a beautiful, exquisite set of instrumental tracks rooted in Chinese folk, theater and Buddhist traditions.

The CD booklet includes liner notes in English, simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.

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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)

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