Coming to San Antonio on February 28, 2016
Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Its elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire, allowing it to traverse musical genres including traditional Chinese folk music, masterpieces of Western music and cutting-edge contemporary works.
Formed at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1983, the Quartet has worked with the world’s most distinguished artists and regularly tours the major music centers of Europe, North America and Asia. Among innumerable collaborations with noted artists, they have performed with pipa virtuoso Wu Man.
Recognized as the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, Grammy Award-nominated musician Wu Man has carved out a career as a soloist, educator and composer giving her lute-like instrument—which has a history of over 2,000 years in China—a new role in both traditional and contemporary music. Most recently, she has been featured on the soundtrack of the blockbuster “Kung Fu Panda 3”.
Having been brought up in the Pudong School of pipa playing, one of the most prestigious classical styles of Imperial China, Wu Man is now recognized as an outstanding exponent of the traditional repertoire as well as a leading interpreter of contemporary pipa music by today’s most prominent composers.
During the 2015-16 season, Wu Man embarks on an extensive North American tour with longtime colleagues, the Shanghai Quartet.
Weigang Li (violin)
Yi-Wen Jiang (violin)
Honggang Li (viola)
Nicholas Tzavaras (cello)
Wu Man (pipa)
“Music from Ancient and New China”
YI-WEN JIANG (arr.)
“Song of the Ch’in”
“Red Lantern”, Quintet
for Pipa & String Quartet
Quartet in f minor, Op.95
Pipa & String Quartet
Address: 211 Belknap Place
Time: 3:15 PM