Private Instrument and Voice Lessons
- Private lessons are available for Western and Chinese instruments as well as for voice
- Students participate in performances and/or competitions as a soloist or in a chamber group
Chinese Instrument Faculty
Faculty members are introduced based on the alphabetical order of their last names.
Dizi - Ching San Cheung
Primary Instruction: Dizi, Xiao, Hulusi, Bawu and Xun
Secondary Instruction: Liuqin and Ruan
A graduate of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China . Mr. Cheung has won many competitions in China and has served as the resident composer of the Guangdong Forshan Music Troupe. He is also accomplished in instruments such as the xiao, hulusi, bawu, xun, liuqin, ruan, and accordion. He had taught at the Lexington Chinese School and the Greater Boston Chinese Culture Association. He is the founder and president of the Silk Bamboo Music School and the founder of the Boston Chinese Chamber Music.
Erhu - Zhantao Lin
Primary Instruction: Erhu, Gaohu and Zhonghu
Mr. Zhantao Lin is a professional musician and music educator from China. Mr. Lin was an assistant professor at the Guangxi Arts Institute and the board member of Chinese professional Erhu player's guild in China . Mr. Lin had won many competitions and was recognized in the Who's Who of Chinese Education. Since immigrating to the US, Mr. Lin has been performing broadly in the New England Area including Sanders Theater at Harvard University, MIT, Boston University, Museum of Fine Arts, Peabody Essex Museum, Children's Museum, the Boston Public Library, the Lincoln Center in New York, and recently at a concert given by the Alcyon Chamber Ensemble. He has also participated at Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project exchange program.
Guzheng - Hui Weng
Primary Instruction: Guzheng
Ms. Hui Weng studied guzheng performance at the Central Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of renowned guzheng performer and educator, Professor Zhou Wang. She is a frequent prizewinner of many major international and domestic competitions , and has frequently toured with the China Youth Chinese Orchestra and the Central Conservatory of Music Plucked Orchestra. She is also a frequent guest for recording and performing engagements with CCTV. Her awards and special appearances include Gold Medalist of the "Jianye Cup" (1996), participant of the Nanjing International Zither Annual Convention (2003), recommendation by the Jiangsu Literary Federation to particpate in an artistic exchange in Hong Kong (2003), Gold Medalist of the Ministry of Culture Oriental Art Star Contest Young Professionals Group (2004), Gold Medalist of the National Ministry of Culture New Young Professionals Guzheng Competition (2004), invitation to participate in the China Foreign Affairs University Founders’ Guzheng Performance Showcase (2005), invitation to participate in the CPPCC National Committee's "21st Century Forum" for foreign leaders (2005), invitation to participate in the 50th anniversary of Central Conservatory of Music Anniversary - Zhou Wang and Students Concert and to debut new solo work "Western Theme Capriccio" (2006), invitation to participate in the Beijing International Electronic Music Festival, premiering the new work “Tian Mi” of Taiwanese composer new work (2008) and fourth prize guzheng winner of the CCTV national television contest "Education Cup for Influential People" (2009). In 2011, she successfully held her Zheng recital “Mo Ke" at the Central Conservatory of Music.
Pipa - Kevin Ruomao Zhen
Primary Instruction: Pipa
Secondary Instruction: Guitar and Keyboard
Mr. Kevin Zhen was the main Pipa (Lute) soloist of the Guangdong Music Ensemble. He graduated from Guangzhou Music Conservatory and studied at Beijing Central Music Conservatory, where he became a pupil under the famous Pipa masters, Wang Fan Di and Liu De Hai. Mr. Zhen also taught music in the Guangzhou Youth Club for many years, which added to his teaching experience.
During that time, Mr. Zhen also had interactions with some professional guitarists from countries around the world and adapted their techniques of playing the guitar. Using this knowledge, he applied it to the Pipa and played it with the effect of the guitar; and vice versa strummed the guitar with the influence of playing the Pipa. Despite the risk that he took of playing in a nontraditional fashion, Mr. Zhen greatly succeeded in playing both instruments.
Due to his studious personality, Mr. Zhen received an award for being a talented young musical artist. During his early age, he has performed over South-East Asia and Europe. Zhen is also a former recipient of first prize in the Ling Nan Competition in China.
Since his time in America, Mr. Zhen has performed at many grand events and inhabited numerous pupils under his teaching of the Pipa, along with the guitar and the keyboard. He is also one of the founders of the “Chinese Music Ensemble”. Even though he originated from Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Zhen was also the representative of the New York Lincoln Center for the World Music Festival in Denmark.
Yangqin - Elisa W. Cheung
Primary Instruction: Yangqin
Secondary Instruction: Chinese Percussion
A graduate of Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China. Ms. Cheung was awarded first prize at "the Flower Festival of Guangzhou" yangqin contest. She was the yangqin soloist and principal player for the Chinese Music Ensemble of
California and she had performed on NBC Television and given many concerts in the U.S such as at San Francisco, Chicago, Lansing New York City, and Atlantic City. She is the co-founder and executive director of the Silk Bamboo Music School .
Yangqin - Reylon Yount (Ruilong Qian)
Please click here for Mr. Reylon Yount's full biography under "Dance, Fitness and Theater".
Primary Instruction: Yangqin and Wushu (Chinese Martial Arts)
Secondary Instruction: Chinese Language
Mr. Reylon Yount, a freshman at Harvard University, has been performing on the yangqin for ten years. In addition to succeeding in Chinese music competitions held in the U.S., Mr. Yount had the chance to study with Professor He Huang at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing for two summers. After earning a professional certificate in yangqin performance, Mr. Yount was named a Davidson Fellow in 2011 for “significant work in the music field.” Reylon is passionate about preserving the yangqin tradition, spreading Chinese culture through music, and integrating yangqin into different music genres in new ways.