World Kaleidoscope Presents Yang Jin
September 23, 2018
Yang Jin is one of the leading Pipa soloists of her generation.
Born in Datong, Shanxi Province, in 1982, Yang Jin began her study of Pipa at age nine. She received her BA and MA degrees from the world-famous Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Before relocating to the U.S., she served as a pipa instructor at Wuhan Conservatory of Music.
She has performed in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, France, the U.S., Britain, Japan and the Philippines. In 2010, Jin was the only pipa performer from Mainland China selected to participate in the “Kronos Quartet and Wu Man Master Class” at Carnegie Hall. In October 2016, Jin began playing with Yo-Yo Ma’s “Silk Road Ensemble.”
Jin is a solo performer of the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble, Pittsburgh Purple Bamboo Ensemble, Gypsy Rad Ensemble and Afro Yaqui Music Collective (Jazz). She has performed hundreds of concerts in Ohio and Pennsylvania since 2013.
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The Tang poet Bai Juyi (772-846) compared the sound of the pipa, an iconic plucked lute of China, to the tinkling of "pearls large and small falling on a jade plate" (大珠小珠落玉盤). For this performance, Yang Jin, one of China's leading performers of traditional music, whose given name means "beautiful jewel," will share with listeners the crystalline sounds of three plucked lutes: the pipa (琵琶, pear-shaped lute), zhongruan (中阮, round-bodied lute), and liuqin (柳琴, small pear-shaped lute). The program, which will include both ancient and modern pieces, will also feature supporting musicians Jay Xiao (bamboo flute), Haochen Qin (sheng mouth organ), David Badagnani (dahu bass fiddle), Courtney Lambert and Rob Hassing (percussion), Xiang Fang (violin), and JunZhao Deng (piano).