Wang Fei


Wang Fei, a qin scholar, teacher and performer and founder and director of the North American guqin Association (NAGA) and council member of the China guqin Committee.She teaches guqin and guzheng with music department at UC Berkeley. She is a published writer and an international award winner digital artist.

Wang Fei is one of the very few people who have truly mastered the qin and who can really perform and promote it worldwide. Her music was been included in an American textbook and CD on geography and music in 2003 to represent Chinese music.

Wang Fei began her study of the guqin under Professor Li Xiangting at the Central Conservatory of Music in China in 1985. Master Li Xiangting regards Wang Fei as one of the most promising students he has ever had the opportunity to teach among his more than 500 students around the world. Wang Fei has a mature understanding of guqin music, and has done some fine research into it. In particular, she has mastered many technically and artistically very difficult pieces, such as "Xiao Xiang Shui Yun" ("Clouds over the Xiao and Xiang Rivers"), "You Lan" ("The Solitary Orchid") and "Guangling San"(Guangling Verse).

Wang Fei has won several awards in the field of Chinese music, including first place in the Chinese College Student Art Contest in 1989. She has given many performances, concerts and lectures in China, the USA and Japan and has attended major guqin concerts, events and conferences. In recognition of her achievements in cultural exchange between China and other countries, she was made an Honorary Citizen of the City of Baltimore, USA in 1993 and in 1995 she was made a Daughter of the City of Maoka, Japan. Over a hundred television, radio, magazine and newspaper journalists from China, the USA and Japan have interviewed her and written articles about her. Her biographical profile was included in the Chinese version of "World Who's Who" in 1998 and "World Class Chinese Intellectuals in the Musical And Artistic Fields" vol. 5.

Not only is Wang Fei an excellent guqin player, she also organizes and promotes guqin-related activities and events. She has often held speeches, lectures, workshops and seminars on the guqin for universities and the general public in China, the USA and Japan and has written articles introducing the guqin to the public. When she was in Beijing, she and her "Three Sisters of Beijing Literature and Art Studio" did much to promote the guqin, such as the organization and support of guqin concerts. After moving to the United States, she started to use new technology to promote the ancient art of the guqin. As the first MA graduate in multimedia studies from China at California State University, Hayward (the first multimedia graduate program in the USA), Wang Fei used her knowledge of multimedia to establish an online guqin community, the North American guqin Association, in 1997. Over a thousand people from different countries around the world have contacted her, now subscribe to the guqin mailing list and have an interest in guqin music; getting information, finding qin friends etc. In 2002 she organized the first ever online guqin gathering and live guqin online concert.

Wang Fei is also a well-known author in China. She and her two sisters are known as the Chinese Bronte Sisters. Their book "Three Sisters' Skies and Dreams" was a bestseller in Beijing in 1997. The book "The Story of the Chinese Bronte Sisters" (China City Publishing House, 2002) written by their mother included their stories, articles, photos and music CDs. The first edition sold 30,000 copies in the first month. It was the No. 4 bestseller in the Beijing Book Exposition in January 2002 and has broken all sales records for the China City Publishing House.

Wang Fei also plays the guzheng (21 stringed zither) and does Chinese painting.

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