Our new Chinese Music Ensemble is an exciting new initiative that is commencing at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Semester 1, 2016. Students from a broad range of music and non-music degrees will have the opportunity to study a traditional Chinese instrument with a specialist teacher in a small group situation for an hour a week. They will also participate in ensemble rehearsals for an additional two hours a week, take part in weekly seminar-style discussions about Chinese music and the ensemble repertoire (led by Dr Catherine Ingram and musical director Dr Chai Changning), and give a number of public concerts throughout the year.
If you haven’t heard this style of music before, here is an example of the instruments, ensemble and repertoire: www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_zRz1Lh910
The traditional Chinese instruments that students may select to learn include dizi (transverse bamboo flute), pipa and ruan (different types of fretted lutes), erhu (two-string fiddle), guzheng (zither) and yangqin (hammer dulcimer). The instrumental teachers are expert performers:
Dr CHAI Changning (dizi)
Ms Lulu LIU (pipa)
Dr Nicholas NG (erhu)
For further information, please contact Dr Catherine Ingram.