| WANG TIE-CHUI
Dizi and Xiao master Wang Tiechui is not only an excellent soloist but also a member of the Chinese Musician's Association, manager of the Beijing Research Institute of National Instrumental Music Performance Committee and consultant to the Shanghai Musical Instrument Tutors Association.
Mr. Wang was born in 1932 in Hebei province, northern China. Growing up in a "wind ensemble" town and a family of folk musicians going back six generations, he began to receive tuition in music from his father at the age of seven. His father's strict and demanding training left him with a solid foundation on
which to build his di playing career. He made his debut at the age of ten and was loudly applauded. His for outstanding performance gained him admission into the Art Department at Huabei University. In the realm of folk music performance, he became an active artist at a very young age. Following his ensemble, he visited and played in Hungary, the former USSR, Germany and Austria at the World Youth Festivals. He won a prize for outstanding di performance in Bucharest in 1953 at the fourth World Youth Festival. That was followed by a second prize for folk music quartet and third prize for bamboo flute playing at the 5th World Youth Festival in Warsaw in 1955. From then on, not only has he performed on tours of large cities in China, he has also appeared on the stages of India, Switzerland, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Japan, England, Iraq, the United States and Tanzania. In total, he has visited nearly 20 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America. That is not only a great promotion of cultural exchanges
between China and other countries but also of Chinese music throughout the world.
Learning from his predecessors and fellow musicians, Mr. Wang works hard to improve his playing technique. Through years of painstaking effort, he has developed a distinct personal style that is beautiful, delicate, skilful and full of emotion. He has, moreover, devoted a lot of energy in collecting all genres of folk music and rearranging them as a means of strengthening China's national music heritage. He has given lectures at universities and colleges on di performance and contributed numerous articles to magazines on the art of the
His performances on the xiao (end-blown bamboo flute), bawu (bamboo flute with a reed) and xun (ocarina) also have distinctive regional characteristics. The "Wang Tiechui Di, Xiao, Bawu and Xun Solo Concert" held in Beijing in 1986 was a resounding success. The di works he composed and performed, including such pieces as the "Harvest Jubilee", "In a Hurry", "Cotton Pickers" and "Morning on the Oilfields"
have been made into LP discs. Anthologies of his "8 Di Solo Works" and "Wang Tiechui's Solos" have been published. A CD under the title of "Highlights of Wang Tiechui, Maestro of Di Performance of Northen China School, on the Di" was released in 1991. A second CD under the title of "Collection of Wang Tiechui's Work of Di, Xiao, Bawu, Xun and Hulusi" was released the following year. He has been also invited to lecture at seminars by the Central People's Radio and the Central TV (CCTV) on the di performance of the northern China school and performance of the bawu, an instrument recently brought out of obscurity.