Zhao is one of the world’s foremost yangqin (Hammered
dulcimer) performers. Graduated from Nanjing Normal
University majoring in Yangqin, she later headed the
faculty of instrumental music at the university. She
has won many awards in music competitions in China,
including the highest award for folk music in 1982.
Ms. Zhao has performed and lectured extensively
in Australia, Asia and Europe. In 1996 she was invited
as one of the 7 world class dulcimer artists to
the Tanz & FolkFest Rudolstadt in Germany. She
was invited by Lincoln Center to perform at the
Internaitonal Folk Arts Festivals in Europe and
China’s first konghou (Chinese harp) player, Ms. Cui
received training in harp both in China and Vienna.
In 1979, she joined a group of maestros in reviving
konghou, the ancient instrument that was extinct for
centuries. She participated in standardizing the design
and in the development of performing techniques.
Ms. Cui was awarded the Excellent Performance
Prize by China’s Ministry of Culture, Honorary Title
of Excellent Artist in the First World Harp Competition
of America, and First Prize in the World Broadcasting
Competition. She has been invited to hold concerts
in Asia, Europe and U.S. Her recordings are popular
Mr. Wang, a music educator, composer and performing
artist, studied both Chinese and Western music. He
plays more than ten instruments, from winds to strings
to percussion, and from traditional to pop. Graduated
from Nanjing Normal University majoring in Erhu (Chinese
fiddle), he became a dedicated researcher in Chinese
A winner of numerous composition awards at the
state and national levels, Mr. Wang has also performed
extensively in Europe, Asia and America.
Tian was retained as erhu (2-string Chinese violin)
instructor at Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China
for 15 years following his graduation from the institution.
Mr. Tian is a winner of multiple performance and music
education awards. He has successfully trained many
students who became preeminent musicians in China.
As the featured erhu soloist in Sichuan Performing
Arts Company, he toured Singapore, Malaysia, Japan
and Germany. Since moving to the San Francisco area
in 1997, Mr. Tian divides his time in concert appearances
In a 2002 joint production of CPAA and Ballet
San Jose Silicon Valley (BSJSV)--Masters & Masterpieces,
Mr Tian performed the erhu concerto Butterlyfly
Lovers, accompanied by the BSJSV Orchestra, to rave
reviews by critics and audiences alike.
Maestro Zhang was appointed as Principal Conductor
of the Beijing Zongzheng Song and Dance Ensemble in
1983. He frequently appeared on national television
as a conductor and his performances were also recorded
extensively for broadcast on Chinese National Radio.
Mr. Zhang received his M.A. in Orchestral Conducting
from Indiana University in 1991. He won the top
prize in the National Orchestral Conducting Competition
in 1985, China. In 1997, he won the first prize
in the International Master Conducting Competition
in St. Petersburg, Russia. In the past ten years,
Mr. Zhang has directed a number of orchestras on
the East Coast. Mr. Zhang has had guest appearances
with orchestras in USA, China, and Europe.
Law has been Professor or Music and Asian Studies
at City College of San Francisco since 1972. He holds
multiple degrees in music from Hong Kong, London and
the United States. In addition to frequent performances
of the title roles as the Bass and ABaritone soloists
in many Bay Area music productions,he has also conducted,
directed and produced many musicals and theatrical
Law has been a member of CPAA's Board of Directors
for the past decade has joined CPAA Arts Center's
Music Department to give lessons in conducting,
chorus and music appreciation.
a Master's degree in violin performance, Ms. Chen
has performed with a number of orchestra and performed
as a soloist in a variety of events with her multicultural
music selections. Ms. Chen also plays the electronic
violin in different musical styles including Chinese,
Classical, Country, Jazz and Bluegrass.
Ms. Chen has been invited to be an Adjudicator
for California Music Educatiors Association Solo
Ensemble and Orchestra Festival since 1996.
Ms. Chen teaches
violin at her studio. Her students ranges from 4-year-olds
to adults. She has joined CPAA Arts Center's Music
Department as a violin instructor. .
Ms. Yin received training in guzheng and piano at
a tender age with her father, the famous guzheng Master
Qiyin Yin. She was later admitted into China Conservatory
of Music and studied guzheng classics of different
schools, Chinese musicology and music theory. She
joined the Oriental Dance Theatre, a national level
performing arts company as a guzheng soloist in over
100 performances per year. She has traveled widely
abroad in performing tours with her company .
Since immigrating to the United States in 1993,
Ms. Yin devoted her time in Chinese music education
and teaching guzheng. Her countless students excel
in many music and talent competitions winning grand
prizes and special awards. They also perform with
symthony orchestras playing guzeng and western music,
winning rave reviews from audiences and critics
Piano & Voice Instructor
Ms. Liu was born into a family of musicians. She began
to train in piano at the age of six and won many youth
piano competitions in China. After graduating with
a Master's degree in the Musical Arts from Sichuan
Conseratory of Music, she was invited to join the
faculty of the Conservatory where she taught voice,
piano and music theory.
In 1989, Ms. Liu came to the United States to
study at Stanford University as a visiting scholar.
She later earned her Post-graduate diploma in Music
Arts and graduated with honors from San Francisco
Conservatory o Music. Upon graduation she joined
the Teacher Division of American college of Musicians
and open a music studio and has been teaching voice,
piano and music theory iin both group and private
With 19 years of teaching experience, Ms. Chen
is a qualified teacher for the auditions of Royal
Schools of Music, Guild, and CM. Many of her students
won every audition they entered. She produces an
annual recital to showcase her students accomplishments.
Ms. Chen is fluent in both English and Chinese.
Her passion for music has influenced many young
students and winning praises and the confidence
of both students and parents.