About Liu Fang

As a child prodigy in her native China, now a resident of Canada, Liu Fang has been regarded by many as the most eminent pipa soloist in the world. She has performed numerous concerts throughout world to massive acclaim, including solo recitals of Chinese traditional and classical music as well as contemporary music with orchestras, string quartets and ensembles. She has also premiered a number of new compositions such as the works of Canada's eminent composers R Murray Schafer and Jose Evangelista, and made frequent appearances in national and international TV and radios. Liu Fang is also highly acclaimed for her "Silk and Steel projects" in which she has collaborated with world class musicians from various traditions, and has released 9 solo and collaborative albums. Her most recent recording "Silk Sound", under the French Label Accords Crosses, won the prestigious Academie Charles Cros Award (the French equivalent of the Grammy). Liu Fang is referred to in the press as "the empress of pipa" (L'actualité, 2001), "divine mediator" (World, 2006), "the greatest ambassadress of the art of the pipa” (La presse, 2002) and “possessing virtuoso technique, grace and a unique empathy toward the music she plays – whether it is a traditional folk tune or a modern Western composition" (All Music Guide, 2004). In 2001, Liu Fang was the only musician to receive the prestigious "Future Generation Millennium Prize" awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts to three artists of different disciplines under 30 years of age. More detailed information about Liu Fang, her concert schedule, press reviews, audio and video demos can be found in her official homepage.

selected press quotes:

"… one musician, but ten talented fingers!". - Sir Ian McKellen

"Superb sensitivity and unrivaled dramaturgic feeling." - Mondomix (France)

“...the magic of the music of Liu Fang, divine mediator.." - World (France)

“... Masterful, graceful and riveting...” - BBC London (England)

"...so beautiful, so touching..." - Le Monde de la Musique (France)

"... Liu Fang’s total devotion to her playing has moved her beyond perfect execution to the creativity & flexibility that marks a true musician. ... " - fROOTS Magazine (UK)

"...delicate and sensational..." -De Volkskrant (The Netherlands).

“The empress of pipa - one of the greatest virtuosos" - L'actualité (Québec)

"… A veritable feast for the ears, eyes, heart and soul" - Prof. Dr. Tran Van Khe (Paris)
"... a veritable feast of alluring sounds, ranging from the eloquent and lyrical to the flamboyant and percussive. The varied soundscape produced by one player and one instrument is quite dazzling…" - The Wholenote Magazine,

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