Yu Hongmei 于红梅
cO-DIRECTOR, 中国著名二胡演奏家, 中国音乐发展计划共同总监
A graduate of the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM), Yu Hongmei is one of the most brilliant erhu virtuosos as well as the most influential erhu educator in contemporary China. She currently serves as the Dean of the Chinese Music Department in CCOM, and is the designated guest erhu soloist for the China National Traditional Orchestra.
Yu Hongmei maintains an active solo career in erhu performing. She has toured Europe, America, Africa, and many regions in Asia, and has successfully held hundreds of recitals in the United States, France, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong and mainland China. Her album String Glamour won the Best Traditional World Music award by Indie Music in the United States. She was the first Chinese recipient honored for this award in its 30-year history.
Yu Hongmei has premiered many classic erhu works and core repertoires, and has produced exemplary works embodying different times in Chinese history: Dreams of Jinghua, Eight Banners, Tianxiang, West Rhapsody. She has appeared in many world class concert halls: Musikverein (Golden Hall in Vienna), Carnegie Hall in New York, Avery Fisher Hall of Lincoln Center, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Lucerne Concert Hall at KKL Luzern. She participated in many major performance events such as American Culture in China, New Culture in Australia with Chinese Culture, Spring Prague in the Czech Republic, Chinese Arts Festival, Beijing International Music Festival, Shanghai International Arts Festival, German Music Festival, and the Macao Arts Festival.
As an educator, Yu Hongmei recorded Erhu by Maestros, and edited and published Collections of Erhu Works presented by China Central Television, the most predominant state television broadcaster. Her publications, such as Dynamics in Erhu Performance and How to play A Flower (an erhu piece by Song Fei) are well recognized and widely cited in Chinese music journals. Yu Hongmei has been invited to lecture at various institutions including California Institute of the Arts and the City University of Hong Kong.
New York Concert Journal complimented her on her exquisite touching sounds as she “represents the contemporary spirit of Chinese musical culture.” Joining the US-China Music Institute of Bard Conservatory of Music, Yu Hongmei continues committing herself to preserving cultural heritage, promoting and developing Chinese music in America.
于红梅毕业于中央音乐学院, 是当代最具实力和影响力的二胡演奏家、教育家之一。她担任中国音乐家协会二胡学会副会长， 是中央民族乐团客席独奏演员。专辑《迷胡》荣获在美国举办的Indiwards“世界独立唱片大奖”之“最佳世界民族音乐奖”。是音乐大奖设立三十多年以来第一位华人音乐家获此殊荣。她作为独奏家出访了欧洲、美洲、非洲、亚洲很多国家和地区;在美国、法国、加拿大、日本、香港、北京等地成功举办了逾百场个人独奏音乐会, 曾在许多国际著名的音乐厅演出: 维也纳金色大厅， 纽约卡内基音乐厅，,纽约林肯中心的艾弗丽、费雪音乐厅,卡内基音乐厅,华盛顿国家表演艺术大厅,洛杉矶迪斯尼音乐厅,芝加哥交响音乐厅,旧金山交响音乐厅,巴黎香榭里舍剧院,瑞士卢采恩音乐大厅,荷兰阿姆斯特丹音乐大厅,开罗国家音乐厅等。她曾经首演了多部具有时代代表性的经典二胡作品:《追梦京华》、《八阕》、《天香》、《西口情韵》、《塞外弦鸣》等。参加了中国文化美国行、中国文化澳新行、捷克布拉格之春音乐节、中国艺术节、北京国际音乐节、上海国际艺术节、德国音乐节、澳门艺术节、国际电脑音乐节等诸多重大演出活动。