Kunming (China), 1974
Performer (pipa)

Liu Fang was born in 1974 in Kunming in the province of Yunnan. She started learning the pipa at the age of six years old and gave her first public performance when she was nine years old, which marked her impressive performing career as soloist. Among many other concerts she gave in China and Japan, she performed, at the age of 11, in front of the Queen of England during her Majesty’s visit to China. In 1993 Liu Fang graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music where she also studied the guzheng (also called zheng), a chinese zither. Liu Fang moved to Canada in 1996, and her great talent has been revealed to a broader public: she toured Europe on a regular basis and gave numerous solo recitals as well as concertos with orchestras, performed at a number of music festivals in Canada, Europe and the USA, made several TV appearances. Four of her concerts have been recorded by Radio-Canada in Montréal and CBC Radio in Vancouver in 1999. Liu Fang’s performances have always received admiring comments from the listeners, the experts and neophytes alike. She has received several awards from the Canada Council for the Arts. On June 5th 2001, Liu Fang has received the prestigious Future Generations Millennium Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts.

As an extraordinarily talented interpret of the traditional Chinese music, Liu Fang’s great interest goes beyond Chinese culture. Apart from her over hundred solo recitals in the past few years, she performed, for instance, with the Master of traditional Vietnamese music - Professor Tran Van Khe in Paris, the Japanese Shakuhachi master - Yoshio Kurahashi (for a Radio-Canada concert in Montréal), the world renowned master of the Hindustani Slide Guitar - Debashish Bhattacharya, the Arabic ud virtuoso - Farhan Sabbagh (Berlin). She has in the recent years collaborated closely with the Nishikawa Ensemble from Japan. She also performed with western classical musicians such as the accomplished cellists Yegor Dyachkov (Montréal) and Peter Mann (Berlin, Germany), as well as the flutist Claire Marchand. Liu Fang wishes to create new music, new forms of music of high artistic values that brings different cultures together. She also wishes to discover new audiences and evoke more interests of the composers internationally to explore new possibilities.

Liu Fang’s playing is notable for its well-articulated dynamics and inspiring lyricism. Her music is warmly received and highly acclaimed wherever she appears.