Award Year: 2001
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YU Hongmei was selected for the Pro Musicis International Award in 2001, the very first erhuist to achieve this distinction. Currently she is a Professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and master solo performer of erhu music. She has been performing on the erhu since the age of eight and has earned international recognition for her mature artistry. She performed her New York solo debut recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall under the auspices of Pro Musicis.
YU Hongmei has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including the Chinese National Traditional Orchestra in a tour of eight major cities in the United States, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Chinese Traditional Orchestra, and the China National Symphony Orchestra. She has performed in major concert venues in the world, including Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Davis Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Symphony Orchestra Center in Chicago (where her solo was the criticís choice), Beijing Concert Hall, the Hong Kong Cultural Center Studio Theatre, and the Salle Cortot in Paris for a special concert arranged by Pro Musicis during the Year of China Celebration in France.
Her solo recordings entitled String Glamour (#1) and String Passions (#2) were published by Wind Records in 1997 and won the International Indie Award for Best World Traditional Music. Additional CD's include Erhu Concertos, Number 1 and 2, by Guan NaiZhong with the Chinese National Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of the Chinese Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, she is currently the Principal Erhuist with the Chinese National Traditional Orchestra in Beijing and frequently performs with the Chinese Virtuosi and ChingMeiJingYue ensembles.
The erhu is the most popular and typical string instrument of the Huqin family. Its mellow, expressive sound can be either soft and flowing, or strong and staccato. Highly versatile, it carries the melody in the Chinese orchestra, and is used as both a solo and ensemble instrument.