Step into a world where tradition meets artistry, and ancient culture resonates with the busy life in New York City! China Institute cordially invites you to this monthly program for a mesmerizing evening of traditional Chinese music and the enchanting world of calligraphy.
Listen to the performance of the unique Chinese instruments, and feel the charm of Chinese music combined with practicing Chinese calligraphy with a master calligrapher. Take the chance to interact with our calligrapher, musicians and fellow cultural lovers too!
No previous experience of calligraphy is required. Ink, paper, and brush will be provided onsite. Join like-minded friends to enjoy wine and tea, practice calligraphy, and listen to music. We look forward to a wonderful evening with you!
Refreshments will be served.
This program is in partnership with the US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music.
This program is made possible through the generous donation of the Ng Family in honor of Mr. Ting Din Ng, former Chairman of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolence Association of NY and lifelong supporter of Chinese culture and the arts.
This program is made possible through the support of the Chinese International Education Foundation, and generous supporters of China Institute.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Yi Su, also named Yijin, is member of China Calligraphers Association and Northern America Chinese Calligraphy Association. During her twenty years of practice, Su’s calligraphy works have won numerous awards and been selected for various exhibitions. Her works also appear frequently on major media. Su had her solo exhibition in Pace University Gallery in New York in 2015, and created her calligraphy art studio “BIMO Theory” in 2020.
A descendant of Su Shi (1037-1101), renowned poet, scholar, and calligrapher in Song dynasty, Su learnt mainly from ancient calligraphy masters like Wang Xizhi and Wang Xianzhi, Mi Fu, Wang Duo. Su is skillful of writing various script styles, among which she is most passionate about “small regular script” and “large cursive script”.
Wenrui Shi is one of the first candidates in the Master of Arts in Chinese Music and Culture program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, majoring in music performance. Born in Qingdao, she started learning Guzheng when she was 9 years old. At 15, she fell in love with Gugin and was guided by Professor Zhao Jiazhen. She studied Gugin with Xiao Xiao at East China Jiaotong University. In 2018, Wenrui won silver prize in the professional group of the first China-Canada Arts Festival and International Invitation Competition, gold prize in the Jiangxi Region of the Second Hongqin Cup, and first prize in the professional group of the first Folk Instrumental Music Art Exhibition in Jiangxi Province. In the 2019 Second Hongqin Cup, she won the gold prize for the Youth A Group. In 2022, she was awarded Outstanding Instructor of the Third Hongqin Cup. In addition, many of her students have won gold or silver medals.
Yijie Yin, from Qingdao, China, started to study the Liuqin and other instruments at the age of seven, and then began to study Zhongruan. She studied Zhongruan with Professor Xu Yang of the Central Conservatory of Music. Yijie Yin now is a senior in the US-China Music Institute at Bard Conservatory, studying Music Performance and Art History in the double degree program. She gave her junior recital at Bard College in 2023. She is interested in spreading Chinese folk music and is active in performing as a soloist, ensemble, and orchestra, having performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and other venues. Yijie Yin hopes to contribute to the spread of Chinese music and culture.
Zhe (Bryan) Wang is one of the second-year graduates in the Master’s Program in Chinese Music and Culture (Guqin performance) at Bard Conservatory, where he studies with Guqin virtuoso Professor Zhao Jiazhen. He won gold awards in national guqin competitions in 2019 and 2022. In 2022, he won the Bard Conservatory Concerto Competition. In the 2023 Singapore International Guqin Invitational Tournament, he won a gold award and ranked third in the Professional Group. Bryan’s research interests include contemporary Guqin development and structural analysis of Guqin music. In the fifth annual conference of the US-China Music Institute at Bard, he presented his lecture-recital “From the Notation to the Sound: Fingering Interpretation in Contemporary Guqin Pieces”. Bryan runs his social media channel on Bilibili.com, one of China’s most popular video-sharing platforms. His performances have had over 256,000 views. His solo Guqin covers “Thrill Me Suite” and “No Title” were retweeted by Stephen Dolginoff and Chen Liang, the composers of the original works.