Wang Guowei, erhu
Wang Guowei is a performer of the erhu and composer. He was formerly soloist and concertmaster of the Shanghai Traditional Orchestra, graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory, winner of national music competitions in China, music essayist, and music producer on Shanghai East Radio. As Artistic Director of the NY-based ensemble Music From China, he has appeared at colleges, universities and cultural institutions across the U.S. As a solo artist, he has performed with the Shanghai Quartet, Amelia Piano Trio, Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Continuum, DaCamera of Houston, New Jersey Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Post Classical Symphony, Ornette Coleman, Butch Morris, Kenny Garrett, Yo-Yo Ma, and has toured Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Belgium, Canada, Australia, England, and Italy. Wang Guowei has composed a body of works that expand the repertoire of erhu in contemporary Chinese music: Sheng, Tea House, Two Pieces for Percussion Quartet: Kong—Wu, Three Poems for Erhu, Tang Wind, Two Plus Two, Lullaby, and Songs for Huqin and Saxophone Quartet. Wang Guowei founded and conducts the Music From China Youth Orchestra and has taught erhu and Chinese music ensemble at Wesleyan University, New York University, and currently Westminster Choir College at Rider University and Williams College. He is recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship, NYSCA music commission awards, American Composers Forum Gerome Foundation commissioning award, and grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Queens Arts Fund.