About the Artists

Grand Master Zha Fuxi

Grand Master Zha FuxiZha Fuxi was one of the outstanding guqin masters of the 20th century. He was not only a great guqin player and scholar but also a cultural ambassador. The series of guqin recordings he made at the LOC was very important in the history of the guqin and a very important contribution to the field of world music: it marked the beginning of the guqin’s spread abroad from China.   Read More

Master Li Xiangting

Grand Master Zha FuxiLi Xiangting is recognized as a world-class master. He has traveled extensively throughout the world to give over 50 guqin solo concerts, and has published numerous recordings and scholarly works. He is currently a distinguished professor of guqin at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. The Chinese Ministry of Culture has recently declared him one of the ten National Representative Heirs to China's Intangible Culture.

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NAGA Director Wang Fei

NAGA Director Wang FeiWang Fei began her study of the guqin under one of the great living guqin masters, Li Xiangting in 1985. She has won several awards for Chinese music and has toured internationally. She has received honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Department of State, the Library of Congress, and the American Folklife Center. She has lectured at Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCLA. Her music was included in an American textbook.

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Wu Yuehua,the inventor of the XUANJI tuning pegs

NAGA Director Wang FeiAs a guqin researcher and scholar, Mr. Yuehua Wu has spent the last several years dedicated to researching the origin, evolution and improvement of guqin tuning pegs. His latest national patented invention, XUANJI tuning pegs, has greatly enhanced the tuning experience without compromising the appearance of the guqin or any loss of its traditional aesthetic. He is the first person to have made a systematic study of this specialized area.

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Shan Weilin: one of China’s top ten guqin makers

NAGA Director Wang FeiMr. Shan Weilin is the founder of the prestigious guqin brand "Nanfeng Guqin", and has been its CEO since 1996. He is also a council member of the Chinese Guqin Society and the Chinese Guqin Committee.
Mr. Shan opened the first professional qin studio in China after the Cultural Revolution. Over the past two decades, Mr. Shan has also become a discriminating collector of hundreds of years old shanmu (Chinese fir), one of the prime woods for guqin.  Nanfeng Guqin now has the largest collection of old shanmu in China.



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