Purple Bamboo Melody
Mao Mao Yi
Dance of Yao People
For further videos and photos of the Quartet's performance with piano star Lang Lang at LSO St. Lukes, see:
LSO Space and select Dragon Songs
"...the idea of combing these stringed instruments is as new as silk is ancient... amazing timbres and playing techniques... evokes all the nuances of human emotions..." November 2007, Ethnotempos, France
"...this beautiful CD of four excellent performers...flows brilliantly...with an interesting timbre and a rich sound..." November 2007, World Music Magazine, Italy
"It's a great privilege to work with the Silk String Quartet... They are absolutely amazing musicians..." - Lang Lang interview April 2009, see www.lsospace.co.uk
Cheng Yu - pipa (4-stringed lute) and qin (7-stringed zither)
Founder of the Quartet, currently teaches pipa and guqin at SOAS, University of London, former soloist in the China Central Orchestra of Chinese Music, Beijing, and holds BMus., MMus. and PhD degrees.
Sun Zhuo - guzheng (21-stringed zither)
Holds BMus. and MMus. degrees from the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing and now completing her PhD on guzheng music at SOAS.
Wang Xiao - erhu (2-stringed fiddle)
Former lead musician with the Henan Provincial Chinese Music Ensemble and a graduate of the Wuhan Conservatory of Music.
Zhou Jinyan - yangqin
Former member of the prestigious Beijing Plucked Strings Ensemble with a BMus honours degree from the China Conservatory of Music, Beijing.
For more information or a promotional CD, please contact Cheng Yu.
The Silk String Quartet is supported by the PRS Foundation for New Music.
We are delighted to announce that our SSQ & ES project won two separate grants in 2009 and 2010 from Arts Council of Scotland (www.scottisharts.org.uk/). The funding will enable us to experiment and develop a broad, new musical repertoire drawing from old and new Chinese and Scottish music as well as newly commissioned compositions. This adventure will bear fruit in the Autumn of 2011 with a tour in Scotland and performances in England. Look out for our Autumn 2011 News and Event for schedules.
Following the successful adventures of SSQ’s cross-cultural projects with world class musicians including pianist Lang Lang (2009), pop singer/composer Damon Albarn’s “Monkey: Journey to the West” at the O2 (2008-09), cellist Matthew Barley (2008), the Quartet has now moved on to yet another interesting East vs West musical exploration – The Silk String Quartet and Emma Smith – Chinese strings and Western double bass. Our specific interest is to work on new interpretations of traditional and modern Chinese and Scottish music to present a unique and fresh programme to audiences in Scotland and the rest of the UK.
For details see the Projects page.