RHYTHMS OF THE WORLD:
Beibei Wang in concert
Sunday 22 September
Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
BEIBEI WANG IN CONCERT
Fresh from her national tour of China with BBC Concert Orchestra, Chinese Percussionist Beibei Wang visits Australia for the first time in a spiritually charged solo debut. Educated in China and the United Kingdom, Beibei’s cross-cultural background has given her artistic fluidity between classical, contemporary, jazz, rock and Chinese traditional music.
“Brilliant... with an unimpeachable command” — The Guardian (2009)
Presented by the University of Sydney Confucius Institute
Genre-defying percussionist Beibei Wang is an acclaimed international virtuoso multi-percussionist,composer with both Chinese and British musical education background. Beibei has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the classical music world, receiving international praise for her projects. Her music spans many genres, ranging from classical, contemporary, experimental, traditional ,improvisation, electronic, jazz, pop. By exploring new possibilities and challenging assumptions from all fields, she and her collaborators have developed genre-defying projects, pushing boundaries, including Dance theater, Multimedia opera, Body & Sound live painting, Film installation, delighting audiences the world over.
She received double Master Degrees from the Central Conservatory of Music (China) and the Royal Academy of Music (UK). In 2014, she was listed in the top 50 Chinese musicians in the “Sound of East” project by the Chinese Ministry of Culture. In 2015, she was endorsed by the Arts Council, England receiving an Exceptional Talent visa from British Government.
She has been giving masterclass/workshop across UK,Europe,US and China. Following a successful recital at SOAS, University of London, Beibei now leads a traditional Chinese percussion programme to promote and preserve traditional Chinese percussion at SOAS. In this year, She was invited and started teaching and directing Chinese music ensemble in University of Birmingham. At same time, she was featured on the front cover of China Music Life magazine and in iD China Magzinge in 2017. Most recently, she was invited by Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), featured as soloist in a world premiere of new percussion concerto The Legend of Cowherd and Weaver Girl written expressly for her by Anthony Paul De Ritis in Boston, US. The recording will be released in late 2018 on BMOP’s record label, BMOP/sound.
Since 2008, at the invitation of Grammy and Oscar winner, world renowned composer and conductor Tan Dun, Beibei was featured as soloist in his Organic Music Trilogy (Water Concerto, Paper Concerto and Earth Concerto), premiered the Earth Concerto at 2009 Grafenegg Music Festival in Austria with world renowned conductor Kristjan Järvi and Tonkünstler-Orchester. Beibei has embarked upon a number of hugely successful international tours featured as soloist at many international music festivals, including the Edinburgh International Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Bach Academy Musikfest Stuttgart, Colour Scape Music Festival, collaborating with numerous leading Orchestras worldwide, including: the BBC Symphony Orchestra (UK),China Philharmonic, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Germany),Orchestra dell’ Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Italy) the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Canada), New Japan Philharmonic, BMOP etc, as well as conductors, including: Kent Nagano, Tan Dun, Kristjan Järvi, Muhai Tang, Gil Rose etc.