Yu Hong Mei has won many awards during her brilliant career. Most recently, she won the
China Golden Record Award for Best Solo Recording. She is the recipient of the Pro Musicis
International Award in New York City (2001). She is the first Chinese musician to win the coveted
Indie Award (1999) in the category of Best Traditional World Music for the CD entitled
String Glamour. Another solo CD, Red Plum Blossom Capriccio, won the Best Chinese Musical
Art Production in 1998. Her other awards include the 1989 Chinese Traditional Music
Competition for Erhu and the 1997 Taipei Concerto Competition
Yu Hong Mei was a soloist with the Chinese National Traditional Orchestra on their 2000
American Tour. Later that year, the same orchestra went to Paris for the China Cultural Arts
Concert. She has given several solo and concerto concerts with other prestigious groups
such as the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the China National Symphony Orchestra and the
Chinese Traditional Orchestra of Hong Kong. She has participated in numerous national and
international festivals, such as the International Computer Music Conference in Hong Kong
(1996) and in Beijing (1999), the Art Festival of Macao, the Kurashiki International Music
Festival in Japan, Beijing Modern Music Week, and many more.
She has introduced Chinese music to audiences in such prestigious concert halls as Avery
Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York, the Eisenhower Theatre at the Kennedy Arts
Centre in Washington DC, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Centre, Davis Symphony Hall in
San Francisco, Symphony Hall, Boston, and the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris She
has always been highly praised for her wonderful performances.
Born in Jinan, capital of the Shandong province, Yu Hong Mei started learning the Erhu under
the guidance of the well-known Erhu Soloist Su Anguo when she was only 8. At the age
of 10 she was widely praised for her wonderful performance of A Flower Petal in the concert
of The Fall of Spring-Water City. She won several top prizes at Competitions for Young Instru
mentalists, which were held in the Shandong Province.
From 1984 to 1994, she devoted herself to the Erhu, first at the affiliated high school, and
later as an undergraduate of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She repeatedly
won the ‘Outstanding Student Scholarship’ established by the College’s Shen Xingong Scholarship
and Fu Chengxian Scholarship.
After graduation she continued her study for a Master’s degree at the same college and was
carefully fostered and instructed by the famous Erhu soloists Professor Zhang Shao, Lan
Yusong and Liu Changfu. Among her recordings are the CDs ‘String Passion’ and ‘Chinese
Traditional Music Works.’ She has featured in many television productions including the musical
video ‘The Red Plum in Blossom’. As an excellent performer in the world of Chinese
music she has attracted wide attention and is considered to be one of the most talented Erhu
Soloists with a great influence on her fellow musicians. She is included in a compendium
encyclopedia entitled “Best Chinese Musicians of the Twentieth Century” published by the
China Musicians Association.
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