Music at China Institute华美音乐 is a collaborative program between the US-China Music Institute and New York City’s China Institute, the oldest nonprofit bicultural organization in the United States to focus exclusively on China. The program offers small group classes in the guqin and pipa for adults and children ages 8–14. Classes are held at the China Institute in Lower Manhattan.
A master performer on the Qin, Mingmei Yip has lectured and performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic, Columbia University, Oxford University, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Beijing University, the University of Paris, Amsterdam University, Oberlin Conservatory, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Mingmei has served as a consultant for Beijing’s Chinese Qin Association, director of the Chinese Kun Opera and Guqin Research Association, and artistic consultant for the New York Cultural Art Association, as well as on the academic board of the Chengdu International Qin Conference. She has published 14 books, including two on the qin, and is an accomplished painter and calligrapher. She holds a PhD in musicology from the University of Paris (Sorbonne).
Praised for her “breathtaking” technique and expressivenessf (Washington Post), pipa/qin soloist and educator, Zhou Yi graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She is the artistic director of the Ba Ban Chinese Music Society of New York. Select performances include Tan Dunʼs Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany; Young Peopleʼs Concert with the New York Philharmonic; Bun-Ching Lamʼs Song of the Pipa and Sudden Thunder with the Sinfonieorchester Münster; Zuqiang Wuʼs Sisters of the Grassland with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra; guest qin artist with the San Francisco Opera in Bright Shengʼs Dream of the Red Chamber; and guest pipa and qin artist with the Santa Fe Opera in Huang Ruoʼs Dr. Sun Yatsen. Zhou’s teaching credits include Carnegie Hallʼs Music Explorer educational program; Flushing Council on Culture and Arts (2019); music workshops in public schools for the China National Traditional Orchestraʼs U.S. tour (2015); lectures at the Queens and Brooklyn Public Libraries; musical demonstrations for students in grades 1–5 with the Global Language Project; and guest Chinese music instructor in NYU’s East Asian Studies (1998).
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