The Chinese Arts Wushu And Cultural Center is a new establishing non-profit organization. The center is hosting the 2010 Hawaii Chinese Cultural Arts Festival at the Hawaii Theater. In the event this center will showcase a variety of Western and Chinese arts performed by professionals in their art. There will be Western and Chinese classical music and opera, dance, martial-art, lion dance and language. There will be different ethnic instrumental performances like the “erhu” the Chinese Violin For martial-arts, there will be wushu performances.
Irwin Jiang is a sophomore at the School of the Arts, College of Charleston with full scholarship under pianist Ennque Graf. Irwin started piano at the age of 4. He was a student of Ellen Masaki before going to college after graduating from Saint Louis High School. He has placed 1st in the Aloha International Piano Festival, Young Artist level. He was also a recipient of the Morning Music Club scholarship and earned awards in MTNA-Hawaii competitions. Last year he performed in the Young Artist Series at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. He has also played with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, he was an Alternate at the MTNA-South Carolina Senior Piano Competition. Irwin has appeared on “From the Top”, a program on NPR that showcases young classical musicians. This summer he will going to Italy again to perform with the Solisti di Perugia Symphony.
Mo Li, tenor, is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) in his doctoral program in vocal performance at the Ohio State University. In 2008, Mo was awarded his Master degree in vocal performance from Brigham Young University, where he made the honor role and was awarded a teaching assistantship and full scholarship. He received his bachelor degree in vocal performance from China Conservatory of Music in 2004. Mo Li was the only accepted student exempted from the entrance examination and audition for the China Conservatory of Music in 1999. Mo has extensive performing experience including leading roles in operas such as Die Fledermaus, Signor Deluso, Le nozze di Figaro, and Farewell, Cambridge as well as many recitals and commercial performances. Mo also performed in many major cities and locations in the world including Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka (Japan), New York City, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Ohio, Hawaii, etc.
Elaine Lu started her violin lessons at age of 8. When she was 12 years old, she was accepted to the middle school of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She had Master Classes with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. After graduating in 1986, Elaine came to USA to continued her music education at the School of Music at the University of Oregon. She served as an Assistant Concertmaster for the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and Opera. Elaine performed as a soloist with the Oregon Mozart Player in 1999. She was a violinist throughout Northern California and she played at the San Francisco Opera Tour Company, the Sacramento Philharmonic, and the Napa Valley Symphony Orchestra.She has joined Honolulu Symphony since 2008.
Ping Bai started playing the cello at age eight. When she was thirteen she won the third prize at the First National Youth Cello Competition in Beijing, China. In 1992 she also played with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.She was the cellist of the Shanghai String Quartet at the International Festival of Chamber Music and Ensemble Music in Lyon, France during the summer of 1991, including String Quartet Master Classes with Prof. Alain Meunier (Conservatoire de Paris). In 1993.She received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degree from the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory as a holder of the Outstanding Performance Scholarship. In 1997, she came to America and continued her advanced studies with Eleanore Schoenfeld in Los Angeles and studied with Rajan Krishnaswami in Seattle. She played with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, while studying with Rod McGrath, the former Associate Principal Cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra and Principal Cellist of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Since the 2001-2002 season she has been playing cello with the Honolulu Symphony.
Hung Zheng Hua is a licensed contractor. He has been studying the erhu since he was 17. He has performed with famous zheng player Wang Qiang Yuan when Wang Qiang Yuan came to perform in Honolulu. He is invited by the Hawaii government when the state has events. He is sought after locally for his erhu playing.
Qong Yu Lin is a Martial-artist that had won many Competitions in China with others player. She will be performing solo and in a dance ensemble. This performance showcases all professionals in their art.
For ticket purchases please visit Hawaii Theatre Box Office or go to www.hawaiihteatre.com.
We would like the community to be more interested in the Chinese Culture after this event. We would like to share and be more involved in the community. At the center, we will have a teachers that will provide the opportunity to learn the arts performed. For more information please visit at:
The Chinese Arts Wushu Cultural Center of Hawaii and contact us.