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Revitalising an ancient Chinese art
Creating new music composed for an ancient
Chinese traditional instrument, a sound not heard for over a
thousand years, is the exciting project from award winner Cheng
Yu (pictured). The highly respected Chinese musician, who is
now based in London, receives her award of £6000 from the
Women in Music commissioning Fund for part of her project rediscovering
an ancient form of the pipa, or Chinese Lute.
Cheng Yu is already a well established
and internationally renowned soloist on the modern four string
Chinese Lute and the guqin- a seven-stringed zither. She will
use her award to commission new work from women composers for
the five string pipa, an instrument that was "mysteriously
lost" over a thousand years ago.
"I was so happy to receive this award,
absolutely over the moon!" says Cheng Yu. "This means
so much, not just for me but for three other women composers."
Cheng Yu will commission work from Gillian
Carcas from England, Xu Yi from France and Gyewon Byeon from
South Korea. Like the modern instrument, the rediscovered beauty
of the five stringed pipa will be enjoyed around the world
as part of the great renaissance of interest in world music.
"I had little confidence in getting
an award ," said Chung Yi, " I left it so late applying,
leaving it to the last three weeks! It means so much, not just
to me but to the other women composers involved. We had planned
to do this project for some time and now thanks to this award,
it is finally possible."
Chung Yu was born in Beijing, China. At
the age of seven she was taught to play the pipa by her father
so well, she held her first concerts by the age of ten! Her
dedication to traditional Chinese instruments culminated in winning
the Outstanding Performer Award for the pipa at the Chinese Traditional
Instruments competition in 1984 and she was elected Fellow of
the Chinese Association of Musicians in 1986. In 1994 she co-founded
the UK Chinese Ensemble and is dedicated to many educational
activities around the UK.
Further info: http://www.ukchinesemusic.com/