Liu Yuening

Prof. Liu Yuening, a famous Chinese Yangqin performing artist and music educator, is currently a professor of Yangqin at the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in Beijing, China and serves as the Vice President of the Chinese Yangqin Association. She used to be a visiting professor of Michigan University, USA, M.Lysenko Lviv State of Academy of Music, Czech Republic. In 2008, Prof. Liu Yuening was granted ASIA Fellows Awards funded by the Ford Foundation and now studies music and culture of India in Dehli University and National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama, India. She has won numerous awards like the Gold Medal in the “International Jiang Nan Shi Zhu” Competition in 1993 and the Art Director Award of the First Folk Instrument Solo Competition of CCOM in 1994. Prof. Liu Yuening has also released 10 albums, published 11 textbooks and dozens of research paper and journal articles.

Yangqin, also known as Chinese hammered dulcimer, is a trapezoid string instrument played with two bamboo sticks. Originated from Persia in Central Asia, it was introduced to China in the 17th century. Hammered dulcimers of various types are now very popular not only in China, but also Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia, where the instruments are also sometimes known by the name “satur” and “cymbalom”. Now Yangqin is used both as a solo intrument and in ensembles. It has been called the “Chinese piano” as it has indispensable role in the accompaniment of Chinese string and wind instruments.

source: Chinese Central Conservatory of Music invitation card.