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Prof YU, Qiwei

Head of Chinese Music


Prof YU, Qiwei


Renowned Chinese gaohu master, Yu Qiwei graduated from Music Department of the Guangdong Provincial Academy for People¡¦s Art in 1975. He has been the director of the Yu Qiwei Office for the Research of Cantonese Music and instructor of the master degree programme at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music, Guangzhou. Other associated appointments include instructor of folk instrumental music for the master degree programmes at the Beijing Chinese Conservatory of Music and the Wuhan Conservatory of Music, as well as visiting professor at the Wuhan Conservatory. Mr. Yu has recently been appointed Head of Chinese Music at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

Yu was honoured as a "Specialist with Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts" by the State Council in 1992, and was subsequently granted a lifetime allowance by the government. He was the champion of the 1982 National Competition of Folk Instrumental Music and one of the recipients of the First Chinese Golden Record Award in 1989 for his recording Woodland Sunset.

As a national delegate, Yu had visited and performed Chinese music in Europe, Asia, the United States, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. His major publications include The Art of Cantonese Music (Guangzhou: City of Flowers Publishing, 1998) and An Anthology of Master Pieces of Cantonese Music: Editions performed by Yu Qiwei (Shanghai: Shanghai Music Publishing, 2003). He had also recorded over forty compact discs released by major labels in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore.

Yu is a member of the Chinese Federation of Musicians and Deputy Director of the Committee for the Research of Erhu of the Federation, Vice President of the Guangdong Provincial Federation of Musicians, member of the Guangdong Provincial Association of Art Critic and member of the editorial board of the Anthology of Chinese Folk Instrumental Music: Guangdong Volume.

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