The experience of travelling the globe and performing music from many different countries has given me a more vivid perspective on my own cultural background. It triggered a desire to share more of my own culture with audiences around the world. And so began a significant personal project to add more Chinese repertoire to the transcriptions I had already made and recorded. This has involved commissioning new works, transcribing pieces and working with other Chinese instrumentalists to create music together.

With the benefits of greater understanding and experience, I now feel ready to present the first harvest of this journey - a double album dedicated to music from my country.

This recording reflects the breadth and depth of Chinese music. The music spans epochs from the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD) to now, and spans a diversity of styles, including ancient classics, folkloric and modern, using musically significant pieces of repertoire where appropriate. In addition to transcriptions, there are also original compositions for guitar from leading Chinese composers. It also showcases the versatility of the guitar, including solo guitar works, works for guitar and orchestra, and chamber pieces with traditional Chinese instruments.


Release Date: August 2020
Label: Decca
Format: CD, digital
Producer: Xuefei Yang
Location (solo & chamber): National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing.
Location (orchestral): Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsal hall, Xiamen

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