Being a professional erhu player in Australia

Being a professional erhu player in Australia, Ying is keen to promote Chinese music and culture in her adopted country.

Ying began playing the erhu at the age of six. After graduating from the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in 1994, Ying decided to migrate to Australia for further education and arrived in Sydney in 1998. She chose to study business instead of music to give her another avenue to prosper in a new country and in 2001 received an MBA from the University of Technology, Sydney. Ying worked in the banking industry for six years but her real interest was music; She was a co-organiser and appeared as a soloist in the “Journey to the Orient” and “MBS to Beijing” live recitals of Chinese traditional and classical music in 2004 and 2008. These concerts, broadcast on Fine Music 102.5 FM, blended Western and Chinese instruments. In 2009 and 2010, Ying performed at the Chinese Garden Chamber Music Festival held at the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, helping to bring Chinese music to new audiences.

In 2009, Ying enrolled in the Master of Music (musicology) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and her research thesis is “Chinese influences in Australian Art Music”. In the same year Ying was the only candidate from the Asia Pacific region invited to the University of Vienna to present her paper “Traditional Chinese Music for Western Audiences” and give an erhu performance. In 2010, Ying presented her paper “The Erhu’s Involvement in Australian Music” at the University of Sydney and later that year, she was invited to present her paper of “Cross-Cultural Music Making” at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

As well as working on her thesis, Ying is working on another cross-cultural project “Spring of the Golden Snake”, a concert which will showcase Chinese influences in Australian music, to encourage cultural understanding at the time of the Chinese New Year Festival 2013.

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