Pipa soloist: Liu Fang
Traditionally pipa is mainly a solo instrument, some time used in folk ensembles such as the traditional "silk and bamboo ensembles" that are commonly found in South-East China. It is also used in accompanying story telling, or local opera. Nowadays, pipa is more and more used in contemporary compositions for ensemble, orchestra, and various combinations with both Chinese and western instruments. There are excellent concertos for pipa with orchestra by composers from countries such China, USA, Canada and Japan, etc. Due to its special sound color and great potentials, pipa works very beautifully with orchestra, as is demonstrated in the following sound sample of Tan Dun's compsotion, "Ghost opera" performed by Liu Fang and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (guest conductor: Scott Yoo; recorded by CBC radio).
[Note] Pipa is four-stringed Chinese lute that has over 2000 years of well-documented history (More ...)An extract (4min.) from a CBC TV documentary (BravoCanada)
January 24, 2013: "Parfums d'Asie" - pipa concerto. Information
Liu Fang performed pipa and guzheng in Murray Schafer's opera The Palace of the Cinnabar Phoenix in 2001 & 2006.
Pipa & Orchestra
The chief conductor of orchestra - Jean-François Rivest, pipa soloist - Liu Fang and the composer - Hugues Leclair
October 15, 2005, 8pm: World premiere of the pipa concerto - "Toward the soul mountain", composed by Hugues Leclair. Claude-Champagne Hall, 220 avenue Vincent-d'Indy, Montreal. (Click here for press release)
Pipa & Ensembles
Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne interprétera la pièce Tian Ling de Zhou Long le 15 novembre 2001 à la salle Claude-Champagne de l'Université de Montréal. Cette oeuvre est écrite pour Pipa et 14 musiciens, sur direction invité - Maestro Daniel Kawka.
Liu Fang performed two pipa concertos in Prague
Liu Fang performed two pipa concerti with Moravic Symphony Orchestra at the 5th CHIME conference, Prague, Czeck (September 17, 1999): "Ghost Opera" composed by Tan Dun and "The King Chu Doffs his Armour" composed by Zhou Long (Conductor: Wang Jin).
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