Hou Shihchieh, Jessie, born in Taiwan, is a renowned erhu performer. She has won championship in a Taiwan huqin solo competition, and was the winner of the Special Award and the Performing Prize in the Professional Section for erhu in the First ART Cup International Competition of Chinese Musical Instruments in Beijing. She was also one of the “Ten Personalities of the Year” in Shanghai in 1988. Jessie was a former Zhonghu Principal of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. She is now teaching at Hong Kong Music Institute and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She is also an examiner of the China National Instruments Performance Level Examination at the China Nationalities Orchestra Society, and a member of Erhu Society of the Chinese Musicians Association.
Currently, Hou is active in the music industry with her cross-genre talents. With her boldly innovative, elegant and full tone style, plus her meticulous showmanship, she is a sough-after artist. Over the years, Jessie has given touring performances and many of which were broadcasted at televisions and radios. Apart from collaborating with various national orchestras, she has also shown her talent in electric erhu and pop music. She has appeared in concerts of many top names in the music industry, including Joseph Koo and James Wong 2000 Concert,Golden Oldies and Classics Concert and more. She has also participated in studio recording of television and film production, as well as CD albums for many local artists like George Lam, Sally Yeh, Sandy Lam, Hacken Lee, Andy Lau, Lowell Lo and David Lui. Her latest projects include “Beyond the Realm of Conscience”, “Rosy Business” and “Shaolin”. In 2005, she was invited by the Universal Music Group (UMG) of Hong Kong to help cut the recording of Hong Kong pop singer Hacken Lee’s album, Hacken’s Concert Hall Live (I) in 2005 and received wide acclaim.
Besides, Hou is dedicated to the education and promotion of erhu. She founded the Hong Kong Art of Huqin Organization and Hou Shihchieh Huqin, and presented “Hou Shihchieh and Students Music Concert” in 2007 and “Erhu Recital of Xiao Baiyong” in 2010. Under Hou’s guidance, the Hong Kong Art of Huqin Organization won the First Prize in the “International Huqin Invitation Tournament” of the International Chinese Cultural and Arts Exchange Association in 2010.
Lately, Hou involves in concerts and records production. In 2011, she released an album by UMG When Jazz Meets Erhu with amounts to gold record sales in a few months. It was nominated the best album in the 22nd Golden Melody Awards (Pop Music) and the "Best Jazz Album" and "Best Musician" in the 2nd Golden Indie Awards of the Government Information Office of Taiwan.