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Jiebing Chen

Erhu

Jiebing Chen

Erhu


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Jiebing Chen has been hailed as one of the foremost erhu virtuosos in the world.  Her world-renowned fame is based on her mastery of the classical Chinese repertory for the erhu and for her award-winning contemporary innovations using the two-stringed instrument.

With Chinese, American and European orchestras, Ms. Chen was the first to bring the erhu into the symphonic concert hall, performing as a featured soloist. Her playing brought new sound and excitement to classical music audiences.  Perhaps most compelling are her achievements as a cross-cultural performer.  Ms. Chen has virtually reinvented the erhu for the 21st century, performing in partnership with some of the most notable jazz and world music artists of our time.  In 1966, her jazz improvisations with Bela Fleck and Vishwa Bhatt received a Grammy-nomination for Best World Music Album.

 

I find it personally enriching every time I have the opportunity to play with people of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

In 1989, after frequently appearing as a soloist with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Chamber Orchestra and the Shanghai Opera House, Ms. Chen came to the United States to study at the State University of New York in Buffalo and received her masters in Music Theory.  The total freedom Chen felt in the United States deeply affected her exploration of the possibilities for her instrument and the ways in which the erhu could be integrated into the classical and contemporary repertory for orchestra, along with other music styles, including jazz and Indian classical music.

After graduation, her appearances as a featured soloist have included performances with Buffalo Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the New Moscow Symphony, the Hungarian Symphony, Taipei Municipal Chinese Classical Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and others.  She has also played a numerous Shanghai International Music Festivals.

 After graduation, her appearances as a featured soloist have included performances with Buffalo Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the New Moscow Symphony, the Hungarian Symphony, Taipei Municipal Chinese Classical Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and others.  She has also played a numerous Shanghai International Music Festivals.

new and acclaimed partnership was formed in 1999 when The Beijing Trio came into being with a stellar collaboration between renowned pianist and composer Jon Jang, legendary jazz percussionist Max Roach and Ms. Chen.  Dedicated to fresh East-West jazz-fusion, the Beijing Trio has toured European and U.S. cities, playing at the jazz festivals of Switzerland, Berlin, Milano, Chicago, Boston, New York and other cities.  Downbeat Magazine handed five stars to the Beijing Trio.

As her career unfolds, Ms. Chen's horizons seem limitless.  Her virtuosity and approach to the possibilities of her instrument continue to be groundbreaking, inspirational and delightful.