Yu-Chen Wang

Gu-Zheng

A native of Taiwan, Yu-Chen Wang is a graduate of the Tainan National University of the Arts where she studied gu-zheng with Dong-He Ling and Hao-Yin Huang; and composition with Siao-Wun Jhuang and Chao- Min Dong. She has performed in master classes for Yan-Jia Zhou, Li Meng, Ji Qiu, Yuan Sha, Ji Wei, and Lei Zhu. Yu-Chen is the winner of the Gold Prize at the “Golden Lotus” International Youth Music Competition in Macau, the First Prize at the Taiwan National Music Competition (on three separate occasions), the First Prize at the Chinese Musical Instrument Association’s Competition, and the winner of the Taiwan Young Concert Artist Competition. She has appeared as soloist with the Tainan National University Chinese Orchestra, the National Chinese Orchestra, and the Kaohsiung City Chinese Orchestra. She has performed many solo recitals and has toured to Germany with the Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra. Yu-Chen's compositions are a blend of western classical music and traditional Chinese music. She is interested in expanding the usual instrumentation and forms used in gu-zheng ensembles. Since he summer of 2009, she has lived in Champaign-Urbana and is working on spreading the gu-zheng.