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An Asian man wearing a blue tunic sits with a Chinese two-string fiddle in front of a blue backdrop

Wang Guowei

Wang Guowei is a performer on the Chinese two-string fiddle erhu and a composer. He studied at the Shanghai Conservatory and was concertmaster and soloist with the Shanghai Traditional Orchestra. Becoming Artistic Director of Music From China in 1996, he has been hailed as a “master of the erhu” by the American press.

Wang Guowei has appeared with such artists as the Shanghai Quartet, Ying Quartet, Amelia Piano Trio, Continuum, Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Virginia Symphony, Post Classical Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Classical Symphony, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Ornette Coleman, Butch Morris, Yo-Yo Ma, and has performed at colleges, universities, cultural institutions and music festivals across the U.S. and internationally. A dedicated teacher and educator, he is Artist-in-Residence in Chinese Music Performance at Williams College and Director of the Williams College Chinese Music Ensemble; co-director/conductor of the Swarthmore College Chinese Ensemble, and artistic director of the Music From China Youth Orchestra. Wang Guowei received a folk arts fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts; commissioning awards from the American Composers Forum, New York State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts; and project grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Queens Council on the Arts.

Photo by Michael Damas.