THE MASTER OF CLASSICAL NANGUAN MUSIC
Chinese court music from the third to the sixth century
Wang Xinxin is Musical Director of the Xinxin Nanguan Ensemble. She was raised in Quanzhou, a city in the southern Chinese province of Fujian. Quanzhou is the center of nanguan music, which has a tradition dating back 2,500 years. Wang Xinxin started to play music at the early age of four. When she moved to Taiwan, she took nanguan music with her. Since 1993, she has performed it on stages around the world – in Asia, Europe and the United States.
She founded the Xinxin Nanguan Ensemble in 2002 and has written several works for dance in classic nanguan, which have received numerous awards. Wang Xinxin currently teaches at National Taiwan University.
Nanguan music is one of the oldest surviving music traditions in China. 64 bronze bells dating back to 43 B.C. were excavated from a royal grave. These and other nanguan instruments are still in use today. Quanzhou was the center of this art form. Long before Beijing became the nation’s capital, Quanzhou was China’s leading trading center. It was the easternmost point of the Silk Road and the site where Marco Polo docked when he arrived in China in the 13th century.