The instrument brought from somewhere west of China by Zhang Qian in Han Dynasty (206 -220 BC) was commonly regarded as the origin of dizi. Dizi has a bright lyrical sound and is often used to describe vivid scenes. The concerts on Jun 8 & 22 feature music hand-picked by young dizi player Yau Kwan-lam with respectively two themes “Postcard of Scenery” & “Dizi x Dizi” that showcase the unique playing techniques of dizi, such as circular breathing and imitation of birdsongs, together with the sound of guzheng, percussion, xiao and sheng. Audience can enjoy a wide range of dizi music.
08.06.2020 Concert I: Postcards of Scenery Performed by Yau Kwan-lam (Dizi & Xiao), Grammy Yeung (Guzheng) & Sylvia Tam (Percussion)
22.06.2020 Concert II: Dizi x Dizi Performed by Yau Kwan-lam (Dizi & Xiao), Kwok Chun Hei (Dizi & Xiao) & Xiang Yong Qi (Sheng)
About the artists
Yau Kwan-lam is currently a student of University of Hong Kong (HKU) and RTHK’s Young Music Maker 2019. She has won a number of dizi competitions, including the Bronze Prize of the 3rd Songting Cup and the Silver Prize of the 1st Songting Cup National Dizi Competition. She studies dizi with Sun Yong-zhi and is a player of Hong Kong Youth Chinese Orchestra (HKYCO) and Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra (HKMLCO).
Yau’s music partners are either current student or graduate of The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. Grammy Yeung is graduate student with a major in guzheng performance. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from HKU and was RTHK’s Young Music Makers 2017. Sylvia Tam is a core member of the Hong Kong Chinese drum team Refiner Drums. She was awarded the Best Drummer (Creative Presentation Section) in the 16th Hong Kong Synergy 24 Drum Competition in 2018. Kwok Chun-hei is the dizi principal of the HKYCO and the Gold Prize winner of the 1st Tongying Cup and 3rd Songting Cup national dizi competitions. Xiang Yong Qi is a sheng player of HKMLCO. She has interned for Windpipe Chinese Ensemble and has been awarded a number of scholarships.
Yau Kwan-lam (Dizi & Xiao)
Grammy Yeung (Guzheng) Sylvia Tam (Percussion) Kwok Chun Hei (Dizi & Xiao) Xiang Yong Qi (Sheng)