Northfield, Minn. (Feb. 10, 2014) — On the very day the 2014 Winter Olympics were getting underway in Sochi, four members of the Carleton College Chinese Music Ensemble were awarded medals of their own at the 2014 Huain Cup International Chinese Instrument Competition at the Le Petit Trianon Theatre in sunny San Jose, California on February 6th, 2014.
A panel comprised of elite musicians and music scholars from the P.R. China awarded a Gold Medal to Yawen Chen (Dizi – Chinese bamboo flute), a Silver Medal to Vivky Wu (Guzheng – Chinese zither), and Bronze Medals to Xiaodi Wang (Erhu – Chinese fiddle), and Ken Wang (Sanxian – Chinese banjo).
This year marks the third time Carleton students have competed in this prestigious competition. Music major Kimloan Nguyen ‘08 (Pipa – Chinese lute) took home a Gold Medal in 2008 and was awarded a Silver Medal in 2007.
The Chinese Musicians Association of America (CMAA), Chinese Musicians Association of China, National Chinese Orchestra of China present the 2014 Huain Cup International Chinese Instrument Competition on February 6, 2014. It is a competition primarily focus on Chinese traditional instruments solo.
The competition is designed to discover talents, promote cultural exchange and friendship. In the multi-cultural American community, it provides an unique opportunity and platform for Chinese musicians to present their talents and introduces Chinese music to a broader audience.
The organizers included Chinese Musicians Association of America (CMAA), Chinese Musicians Association of China, and the National Chinese Orchestra. Co-Organizers included the Central Conservatory of Music of China, Stanford University Pan-Asian Music Festival. The competition also receives tremendous support from the Ministry of Culture of China and the Chinese Consulate-General of San Francisco.
The students’ participation in this competition was made possible by the Parents Fund for Academic Excellence from the Dean’s Office and the Department of Music.
The Director of Chinese Music Ensemble is Prof. Gao Hong of the Carleton College Department of Music, Performance Activities Coordinator in Music, Lecturer of Chinese Musical Instruments. www.chinesepipa.com