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A Tribute to Dizi Maestro Zhao Songting

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25 September 2011 (Sun) 4pm
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
$140, 110, 80
PerformerZhan Yongming (Dizi, Diyindi, Paidi)
                 Du Rusong (Dizi, Wanguandi, Yanfeichi)
                 Sun Yongzhi# (Dizi, Diyindi)

ConductorHo Man-chuen

DocentLin Ku-jen (in Putonghua)
             Chan Chiu-yin (in Cantonese)

Accompaniment: Windpipe Chinese Ensemble

# By kind permission of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
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Dizi Solo


Music from the Wuju Opera of Zhejiang  Arr. by Zhao Songting

Dizi Solo


Zhao Songting  Orch. by Chew Hee-chiat

Diyindi Solo

As Spring Fades (Hong Kong premiere)

Zhan Yongming

Paidi Solo

A Joyful Song of Wujiang (Hong Kong premiere)

Xu Shufu, Zhang Quanfu, Zhan Yongming

Wanguandi Solo

Zhu Yuan (Hong Kong premiere)

Du Rusong

Dizi and Orchestra

Flying Partridges

Folk music   Arr. by Zhao Songting
Arr. and Orch. by Qian Zhaoxi

Dizi and Orchestra

The Secluded Orchid in Spring

Zhao Songting, Cao Xing 
Arr. and O
rch. by Gu Guanren

Diyindi and Orchestra

A Wife’s Lament of Her Husband Far Away

Zhou Yuguo, Sun Yongzhi

Yanfeichi and Orchestra

The Wild Geese Flying South

Du Rusong  Arr. and Orch. by Weng Chigeng


A Medley of Tunes from Wuju Opera

Arr. by Wang Funan and Xu Shufu

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Details of Performing Group

Zhan Yongming

Dizi, Diyindi, Paidi


Zhan Yongming is a National Class One Musician currently appointed as professor at the Department of Traditional Instruments, Supervisor on its Master’s degree programme and Head of the Centre of Teaching and Research of Wind Music at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He is also the honorary president of the Zhao Songting Society of Dizi Music and a member of the Chinese Musicians’ Association. He was presented with the title “An Expert with Outstanding Contribution (Young to Middle-aged Category)” by the State Council of China.  

Zhan graduated from the Zhejiang Arts School, the Central Conservatory of Music, Chinese National Academy of Arts, and the University of Western Sydney of Australia, where he was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Musicology and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.  Zhan received dizi training under Zhao Songting. Zhan has developed more than a dozen new performing techniques for dizi, and has expanded the dizi repertoire with a large number of original compositions as well as arrangements. Some of the best known works are Listening to the Murmuring Spring, A Daybreak in Spring on the West Lake, A Joyful Song of Wujiang, Reunion on Broken Bridge, The Story of Lan Hua Hua etc.. He is also a prolific writer on his subject, having published many papers and books.

Zhan received numerous awards and prizes. He has given performances and lectures in many parts of the world. His masterly performance has won him the accolades as "The Magic Flute", and was hailed by the Washington Post as "an outstanding performer of our time".

Du Rusong

Dizi, Wanguandi, Yanfeichi


Du Rusong is a National Class One Musician, Music Director of Zhejiang Province Song and Dance Theatre, a visiting professor at the Hangzhou Normal University and supervisor on its Master’s degree programme, the executive vice president of the Zhao Songting Society of Dizi Music and a member of the Chinese Musicians’ Association.

Du was born in Dongyang, Zhejiang Province, in 1964.  He began playing the dizi at the age of seven, and was already performing on stage three years later – a feat that won him the accolade “a child prodigy of Jiangnan”.  He entered the Zhejiang Arts School in 1978, where he was a student of Zhao Songting.  He entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1982, and was trained under dizi and xiao virtuosi, Tan Weiyu and Bao Aofa. He was also coached by masters Liu Guanyue, Lu Chunling and Wang Tiechui.  Du’s playing encapsulates the scholastic mannerisms of dizi music of the region south of the Yangtze.  

Du has toured to many countries in Asia and Europe as a member of various artist groups. He has also given highly acclaimed solo recitals in Hong Kong and Taiwan.  Du has also written several pieces of music, such as A Leafy Boat That Carries the Moon, Lament in a Lady’s Boudoir, Song of Waves Washing the Sand, The Wild Geese Flying South, Zhu Yuan etc.. His discography includes The Fragrant Lotus Seat and As the Sound of Dizi Flies to the Misty Waters, with the later one won a Golden Melody Award in Taiwan.

Sun Yongzhi

Dizi Diyindi


Sun Yongzhi is currently the Dizi Principal and Section Leader (Wind) of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, a dizi instructor at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, a visiting professor and supervisor on the Master’s degree programme of the Xi’an Conservatory of Music.

A formal pupil of Zhao Songting, Sun entered the Xian Conservatory of Music in 1977 where he was trained under Yuan Xiuhe. Upon graduating in 1982 with distinction, he joined the faculty there.  He has performed a variety of dizi works in recent years, including A Wife’s Lament of Her Husband Far Away, Facets of Sichuan and Windy Days for dizi, and the dizi concerto, Four Movements: Northern Shaanxi.  

Sun is an active performer on the concert stage as well as in the recording studio, and has won many awards in dizi competitions in mainland China. He has been on many overseas tours as a member of the China Youth Arts Troupe, the Shaanxi Cultural Exchange Delegation, the Xi’an Musicians’ Ensemble and the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. The countries he visited covered Asia, Europe and America.  His publications include the articles on The Northern and Southern Styles of the Dizi and On the Intonation of the Dizi, as well as a full set of graded teaching materials for dizi examinations (Vol.1-8).  He has recorded for films and television, with titles such asThe True Hearted’, ‘Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker’ and ‘The Conquerors’.

Ho Man-chuen


Ho Man-chuen is a music educationist and a conductor.  He trained in dizi, percussion and conducting at the school affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music before he moved to Hong Kong in 1980 and joined the Music Office until he retired in 2009.  During his tenure, he groomed numerous young musicians in Chinese percussion as well as through orchestral training.  He is currently an instructor at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Resident Conductor of the Academy Chinese Orchestra.  

Ho studied conducting under Xia Feiyun, and attended master classes in conducting given by Tang Muhai, Chen Zuohuang and Peng Xiuwen.  He has been the conductor of the Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra for 29 years, having led it on tour to the United States, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, as well as to cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an and Nanjing.  The orchestras he has conducted in Hong Kong include the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, the Joint Chinese Orchestra of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra, Wang Kwong Chinese Orchestra, Hong Kong YWCA Chinese Orchestra, Yao Yueh Chinese Music Association and the Windpipe Chinese Ensemble.  The famous music virtuosi he has collaborated with include Min Huifen, Xiao Baiyong, Yu Qiwei, Zhu Changyao, Hao Yuqi, Gong Yi, Wang Hongyi, Guo Yazhi, Sun Huang, Li Zhen, Qinggele et al.

Windpipe Chinese Ensemble



The Windpipe Chinese Ensemble was founded in 2003 with promoting Chinese and Hong Kong local music culture as its mission. Apart from researching and studying traditional Chinese folk music, it also dedicates itself towards exploring modern Chinese ensemble music, and exhibiting the unique charms and styles of Chinese ensemble music, described as “small but elegant, and simple but refined”. The Ensemble comprises music graduates from various institutes and former participants of the instrumental training courses organised by the Music Office of Hong Kong. The members have been prize winners in Hong Kong Schools Music Festival and possess extensive experience in concert performance in Hong Kong and overseas. At present, majority of the members are working in the fields of music performance, education and research.

The Ensemble holds regular music activities such as concerts, workshops, music camps, master classes, talks, cultural gatherings and exhibitions featuring different types of instruments performed by Chinese virtuosi and young musicians from Hong Kong, in a bid to introduce to the public works of both the traditional and modern repertoire in Chinese music, dizi music, Guangdong music culture in Hong Kong and original compositions by local composers. Since its inception, the Ensemble has presented concerts for eleven dizi maestros in China, and commissioned and premiered more than ten works by local composers.  In addition to its local engagements, the Ensemble has represented Hong Kong in exchange performances in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and the United States, bringing the local culture of Chinese music to audiences overseas.

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Programme Length
Running time of this performance is about 2 hours with an intermission of 15 minutes. Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break in the programme.
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Ticket and Concession

Tickets available from 25 August onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).

Group Booking Discount
10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets;
15% off for 10-19 standard tickets;
20% off for 20 or more standard tickets

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Pre-concert Talk (In Cantonese)
On Zhao Songting
SpeakerCheung Heung-wah (Dizi virtuoso)
20.9.2011 (Tue) 7:30pm
AC2, Level 4, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Free admission on a first-come-first-served basis.

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