Grammy-winning pipa virtuoso Wu Man leads the Taipei Chinese Orchestra for an evening of traditional Chinese music. Conducted by Cheng Li-Pin, the orchestra will make its Carnegie Hall debut featuring four U.S. premieres. Founded in 1979, the Taipei Chinese Orchestra is the first professional traditional Chinese orchestra in Taiwan.
Wu Man is a Chinese pipa player and composer. Trained in Pudong-style pipa performance at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, she is known for playing in a broad range of musical styles and introducing the pipa and its Chinese heritage into Western genres. She has performed and recorded extensively with Kronos Quartetand Silk Road Ensemble, and has premiered works by Philip Glass, Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, Bright Sheng, Tan Dun, Zhao Jiping, and Zhou Long, among many others. She has recorded and appeared on over 40 albums, including the 2016 Grammy Awards winner for “Best World Music Album”and five additional Grammy-nominated recordings. In 2013, she was named Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America, becoming the first performer of a non-Western instrument to receive this award. She also received The United States Artist’ Award in 2008.
Cheng Li-Pin, Conductor
Wu Man, Pipa
Taipei Chinese Orchestra
CHEN SHU-SIThe Parade of Gods
QU WENJUN Soul of the Loess
CHENG KUANG-CHIH “Yao Ji” double concerto for erhu and pipa
BAO YUAN-KAI Sketches of Taiwan