The Australian Centre of Chinese Culture & Arts (ACCCA) has advised that China’s acclaimed number one Erhu composer and virtuoso player Ma Xiaohui, will be visiting Australia again soon. She will join with her Chinese and Australian musician colleagues for a spectacular evening concert to celebrate the Chinese New Year, which starts Saturday January 28 and lasts until February 15th, 2018.
Honouring the meeting of Chinese and Australia culture, solo artists also include Dane Lam, one of the most talented Australian conductors in the world, Ya Fen, a Chinese folk-style soprano with a sweet voice, Zhao Cong, China’s best Pipa artist, renowned London based Australian pianist Piers Lane with, on Violin: Zoë Black, whose beautiful sound and natural virtuosity impresses.
They will all weave magic together as the Queensland Symphony Orchestra proudly presents The Year of the Rooster 2017, Lunar New Year Concert in the Concert Hall at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) at Brisbane on February 9, 2017.
Ma Xiaohui became internationally renowned for her duet with acclaimed cellist Yo Yo Ma for the Academy Award winning soundtrack for the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon composed by Tan Dun.
For over 20 years Ma Xiaohui has toured to more than 50 countries, appearing at most of the world top venues and high profile international music festivals.
They include the Bern Beethoven House, the Vienna Golden Hall, the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Columbia University, Notre Dame University, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, San Jose International Art Festival and Shanghai International Music Festival, among others
An expressive instrument, the Erhu is a two-stringed bowed instrument whose beauty of sound depends on the skill and technique of its player.
Introduced to China during the Song dynasty (960-1279), the traditional Erhu is one of the most popular instruments in China, taught at schools from elementary to university.
The player creates different pitches by touching the strings at various positions along the neck of the instrument whose strings historically were made of silk.
It was in the 1960’s that steel strings replaced those of ancient times.
Usually made of ebony, sandalwood or rosewood with a snakeskin resonator, the Erhu is played while held on the lap.
It can imitate the human voice, the sound of a bird or a horse, or set a scene for both melancholy and merriment.
Played traditionally it can also establish a special atmosphere accompanying opera singers, or otherwise break hearts as a folk instrument that everyone can embrace.
Ma Xiaohui started learning the Erhu at the age of six and graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She is today the only Chinese performance artist who has performed and lectured over one thousand times around the world
She has been for many years Concert Master for the Shanghai Traditional Orchestra and is Artistic Advisor of Shanghai Grand Theatre, Culture Director for the Shanghai Overseas Exchange Association, and Director of Shanghai Ma Xiaohui Art Center.
A member of the United Nations Oriental Art Cente and the Cultural Ambassador to the 2010 World Expo Shanghai, Ma Xiaohui has also been a guest professor at both national and international universities.
It was 2010 and at the fourth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) held in Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, when Ma Xiaohui first won many Australian hearts, as audiences gave her a standing ovation.
Ma Xiaohui has been awarded “Shanghai Outstanding Artist” twice and in 2014 was selected to play for Madam Peng Liyuan, the wife of China’s President Xi Jinping, together with the first ladies from other countries attending an international conference in Shanghai.
Her music attainments have won international media praise and she has been crowned as the Erhu Queen by the media in China.
Ma Xiaohui ventured into the world of acting in 2016, appearing in the film Daughter of the Mountains and performed the soundtrack for the film as well.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2017
Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Dane Lam – one of the most talented Australian conductors in the world.
Soprano: Ya Fen – a very famous Chinese folk-style soprano with sweet voice.
Erhu: Ma Xiaohui – China’s top Erhu artist embracing international career.
Pipa: Zhao Cong – China’s best Pipa artist conveying Chinese music to the world.
Piano: Piers Lane – one of the most inquisitive and engaging live world solo pianists.
Violin: Zoë Black – a versatile classical fiddler with beautiful sound and natural virtuosity.
February 9, 2017
Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)