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Nan Lian Garden Music Series – Guqin Recital by Zeng Chengwei and Zeng He (The Shu Stylistic School)

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Venue Date & Time Price
Xiang Hai Xuan Multi-purpose Hall, Nan Lian Garden

*Meet-the-Artist Session after the matinee performance (In Putonghua)


The music Confucius Reading the Book of Changes attempts to recreate the sounds and actions of the great philosopher, Confucius, reading The Book of Changes on an autumn evening – the cadence of reading aloud, the involuntary movements of the head as he palates every phrase, etc. – through quick left-hand fingering of shuang zhuang, and the resonating glissandi. The effect is therefore lyrical and mellow, with ringing reverberations. This is therefore a charming piece in the repertoire of the Shu stylistic school. 


Listen: Nan Lian Garden Music Series – Guqin Recital by Zeng Chengwei and Zeng He (The Shu Stylistic School)
Programme Notes
Programme Notes

About the Performer

The Shu style is agitated, like the roar of surging waves, making it one of the most outstanding of its time.


Zeng Chengwei

A guqin maker and virtuoso in the genre, Zeng Chenwei is one of the most distinguished qin artists of the Shu stylistic school today. He trained in the guqin after the style of his maternal grandfather and a maestro, Yu Shaoze, and has more than thirty years of experience playing the instrument. His style is typical of the Shu school in that it is solid yet freehanded, natural without over-embellishment, thus producing tone colours that are pure and earthy. His fingering is well thought out, crisp and exemplifies the literati traits of solemn elegance with no eye for frivolous details. Yet all in all, his musicianship has the exemplary precision and keen insight expected of a virtuoso. Performance aside, Zeng is also a fine maker of the instrument. The guqins he makes are acclaimed for their robustness in sound yet resonating clarity in the overtones. He is currently an associate professor in Chinese music at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Deputy Head of the Guqin Research Centre, and Vice President of the Guqin Professional Committee of the China Nationalities Orchestra Society. He was named a Representative Bearer of Guqin of the Sichuan Stylistic School, an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Sichuan, in 2009.


Zeng He

Zeng He is the son of Zeng Chengwei and the seventh generation qin player of the Sichuan stylistic school of guqin. He learned the art from his father at the age of nine, and is therefore immersed in the art since a young age. Later he was admitted to the Sichuan Conservatory of Music with outstanding entrance scores. With his family influence supplemented by formal training, he is considered a star ascendant in the qin circle today. He is currently on the Master’s degree programme of the Conservatory, and has given recitals in Chengdu, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Tianjin. He has published a paper on the qin study of Yu Shaoze, and is the Assistant Chief Editor of A History of Shu Style Qin as Told by Qin Players.


Matinee Performance

Zeng Chengwei guqin solo

Evening Song of a Drunken Fisherman, Confucius Reading The Book of Changes, Preface to the Prose 'A Dinner Banquet at the Taoli Garden', Flowing Water, Wild Geese Landing on Smooth Sand, Orchid, Three Variations of the Plum Blossom.


Zeng He guqin solo

Memories of an Old Friend, Lou-Lan-San.


Evening Performance

Zeng Chengwei guqin solo

Harmony between Man and God, Buddhist Chant, Autumn Water, Meeting Spirits in a Lone Pavilion, Aoai, Big Hu Pipe


Zeng He guqin solo

Guangling San, The Crow’s Caw at Night


Tickets available from 18 November onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking.


Discount Scheme

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).


‘Nan Lian Garden Music Series’ Series Discount

For each purchase of standard tickets: 10% off for 2 different programmes; 15% off for 3 different programmes; 20% off for 4 or more different programmes.


Group Booking Discount

For each purchase of standard tickets: 10% off for 4-9 tickets; 15% off for 10-19 tickets; 20% off for 20 or more tickets.


Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase. Please inform the box office staff of the discount type preferred at the time of purchase.


Other programmes in the “Nan Lian Garden Music Series:

The Charm of Qin by Deyin Qin Society, and Guqin Recitals by Wang Duo, Lau Chor-wah, Sou Si-tai, Tse Chun-yan, Cheng Gongliang and Dai Xiaolian.


Programme Length

Running time of each performance is about 1 hour 30 minutes with an intermission of 15 minutes.

Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until the interval or a suitable break in the programme.

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.



Ticketing Enquiries:2734 9009

Programme Enquiries:2268 7321

Credit Card Telephone Booking:2111 5999

Internet Booking:www.urbtix.hk


The maestros talking the Qin

"Flowing Water – The Ye Provenance of the Shu Stylistic School in Guqin"

Zeng Chengwei (Conducted in Putonghua)

Admission free on a first-come-first-served basis

Running time of each talk is about 1 hour 15 minutes.

Venue Date & Time Price
Gallery, Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware (Inside Hong Kong Park)
Free Admission


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