Esplanade Presents | Free Performances: Cool Classics
Jieying & Friends
Dizi soloist Ong Jieying teams up with dulcimer musician Ong Eng Lam and young zither talent Fu Zifei to present a small selection of traditional Chinese music. Be entertained by the trio as they playfully convey the riot of colours and sounds depicting nature’s beauty. Showcasing the versatility of the dizi, zither and dulcimer, they present Chinese classics such as Three Variations on the Plum Blossoms, Autumn Yearning by the Dresser and Spring on Xiang River.
Jieying began studying under dizi veteran Ong Thiam Teck in 2007, who encouraged her to pursue her interest in dizi performance professionally. With support from the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Art and Cultural Scholarship, and the Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarship Award, she successfully graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in July 2014 with a master’s degree in dizi performance, under the tutelage of renowned Professor Tan Junqiao.
Eng Lam is a versatile musician on the yangqin and ruan who in his youth won the gold prize three times for yangqin and once for ruan at the National Chinese Music Competition between 1983 and 1989. He was accepted into the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, where he was accepted into a mentorship programme under yangqin educator Professor Xiang Zuhua. He currently performs Chinese orchestral and opera chamber music.
Fu Zifei is currently a first-year undergraduate at NAFA. She completed her foundation studies at Wuhan Conservatory of Music and Xinghai Conservatory of Music, and is under the tutelage of Hu Dandan, Song Tingting, Lin Ling and Yin Qun. The first prize winner of the recent National Chinese Music Competition 2016 (Open Guzheng category) organised by the National Arts Council, some of Zifei’s other achievements include winning the first prize in the professional junior category of the 2013 Asia International Art Exchange Competition, and first prize at the Taiwan Huayue Cup International Guzheng Competition in 2015.
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