Chinese Music Concert
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 7:00pm
Chinese Music Concert

Music of China: A concert featuring the Pipa (Chinese Lute) and Guzheng (Chinese Zither) 

Date:  Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Time:  Doors open at 6:30 PM;  Performance from 7:00 PM

Location: PSU Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave. Portland

Admission: Free Tickets (required) are available at the PSU Box Office, Online or via phone at 503-725-3307



About the Performers:

Zhou Yi ( 周 懿 ): Praised for her “breathtaking” meticulous technique and expressiveness by the Washington Post, Chinese multi-instrumentalist Zhou Yi started to learn music at the age of five. After graduating from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Zhou Yi moved to New York. Her highlight performances include: played guqin and pipa as a seasonal artist with the Santa Fe Opera for the new contemporary production Dr. Sun Yat-sen; world premier of a qin and electronic piece in MATA Festival; featured pipa soloist of Tan Dun's "Map" in NYU's Vision & Voices Series; collaborated with Rihanna and Rickey Minor for the Vogue Met Gala 2015; performed with the Momenta Quartet for Tan Dun’s theatrical work “Ghost Opera”; recorded the music for David Henry Hwang's two off-broadway productions, "The Dance and the Railroad" and "Kung Fu”; collaborated with Damon Albarn (Gorillaz/Blur) in Spoleto Festival’s premiere show, Monkey: Journey To The West; featured as the soloist with the Pacific Symphony; joined Carnegie Hall's “Musical Explorer” program. Zhou Yi’s upcoming engagements will include Lincoln Center Festival’s “Paradise Interrupted” and guest qin artist with the San Francisco Opera’s “Dream of the Red Chamber”. Zhou Yi currently resides in New York City. She is a co-founder of the Ba Ban Chinese Music Society of New York.


Ruisi Li (李睿思) began to study Guzheng at the age of 7 at the Central Conservatory of Music in China. In 2002, she was awarded the first prize for Guzheng solo in the “National Youth Art and Music Competition. ”In 2014 she was awarded the Silver Award in professional group in the "Huain Cup International Music Competition, in San Jose, California. Ruisi is a member of China Nationalities Orchestra Society (CNOS) and  is certificated by CNOS as a “Outstanding Guzheng Teacher.” She has extensive teaching and performing experience in China, Europe and the United States. Ruisi Li currently resides in Portland, Oregon.  She endeavors to promote communication between Chinese music and western music. 

As a passionate guzheng soloist, Ruisi will present a piece on October 5th, composed by herself entitled the "Impressions of the Silk Road". Inspired by the prosperous “Silk Road” in Tang Dynasty of China, Ruisi depicts a series of vivid images on the “Silk Road” through the music: rhythmic camel bell and sandstorm in the great desert, the mysterious and silent night with clear stars in the sky, and thedelightful folk dancing music, etc. The music will transport audience members back to the colorful cultural and historical scenes on the Silk Road.


Funded by the Hanban (Confucius Institute HQ in China) this event is part of a larger Confucius Day Celebration taking place on October 5th at PSU.

Co-sponsorship support provided by the


About the Confucius Institute at PSU
The Confucius Institute at PSU (CI-PSU) is a cultural resource center and non-degree granting entity that promotes cultural exchange and cooperation between the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China.  Housed in Portland State's Office of International Affairs, the Confucius Institute at PSU (CI-PSU) was established in partnership with the  China National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (HanBan) in 2007.   LEARN more about the programs
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