Sylvia Yixiu Yan

Yixiu Yan studied bamboo flute, bawu, hulusi, xun, xiao, and paixiao with Mr. Lizhong Zhang, renowned in China as a wind instrument player and educator. Yan went on to serve as a training teacher at Zhang’s Orchestral Music Studio, the Jichang Qian and Xinhua Elementary Schools, and the Hailang Model Training School. Her exceptional command of the instruments earned her first place at the National Youth Competition for Chinese Traditional Instrument Performance, the golden prize at the Competition of Chinese Traditional Instrument Performance of Liaoning Province, and an invitation from Mayor Xilai Bo of Dalian, China, to perform at a historic cocktail reception for the 50th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. In addition, she made numerous television appearances in Dalian and for the China Central television network in Beijing. She has also toured in Tokyo and Kitakyushu, Japan, as a representative of Dalian.

Above the presentation of the Chinese Piano Lady channel, “Applause to the Musician”, host Jerry Pollio, interviews Chinese Bamboo Flute Teacher, Yixiu Yan. She discusses the wide variety of Chinese Bamboo Flutes and her experiences participating in Flute competitions in China beginning at a young age. Yixiu re-counts that traditional Chinese Bamboo Flutes are handcrafted in a variety of keys, sizes, and styles. Yixiu says the flutes are more popular now than when she was a growing up in China. Yixiu continues to teach Chinese Bamboo Flute after immigrating to the US. She teaches both Chinese youth and adults who are predominately American born. Yixiu lessons enable her students to engage with their cultural roots. As an international Chinese Bamboo Flute Performer, Yixiu continues to perform live, on television and at events as her teaching schedule permits. Currently instructing 18 students, Bamboo Flute Teacher Sylvia Yixiu Yan reiterates what all music teachers preach that practice is essential. She emphasizes that practice must begin on day one when learning to play the Bamboo Flute. She demonstrates her ability to hold a note for an extended time which she tells the host is a practiced ability.

 

YiXiu Sylvia Yang relates that most American born Chinese students have a personal desire to learn the Chinese Bamboo Flute. This internal desire allows them to naturally dedicate time to practice enabling them to appreciate not only the language of the notes, but it also teaches them the history and culture that the Chinese Bamboo Flute represents.

 

闫亦修 系中国竹笛专业委员会会员。曾为张立忠民族管乐工作室竹笛教师,兼任大连机场前小学、新华小学、大连海浪模特艺术学校竹笛教师。闫亦修8岁起师从于著名民族管乐演奏、教育家,辽宁省笛箫学会会长张立忠先生学习竹笛、巴乌、葫芦丝、埙、萧、排箫等管乐。2000年春,在张立忠老师的推荐下,拜中国音乐学院笛子大师张维良为师。

闫亦修多次受邀参加电视台的青少年栏目、文艺综合栏目演出,经常参加政府、中外交流、报社及各种大型庆典的演出,积累了丰富的演出经验。1998年3月,代表大连市少年儿童出访日本北九州与东京,并受到北九州市长的亲切接见。1999年9月底,在大连市市长主持的庆祝中华人民共和国建国五十周年纪念酒会上,有幸被选中成为八个节目之一的演员,与大连歌舞团等著名演员同台演出。2000年夏天,受邀请到中央电视台文体台录制节目。2001年6月,参加大连电视台名牌栏目“周末跟我来”现场直播的演出,用多种乐器联奏。2001年7月,受邀在北京人民大会堂表演独奏。

闫亦修多次参加全国乐器大赛。2002年7月,参加全国推新人大赛,获辽宁赛区十优。2003年1月,参加全国青少年民乐观摩音乐会,获民族管乐独奏一等奖。2003年2月,参加辽宁省民族乐器教学观摩大赛,获金奖。2004年8月,参加38届《桃李芬芳》全国青少年民乐观摩音乐会,获得优秀奖。2006年10月,获得第86届《桃李芬芳》全国青少年民乐观摩音乐会民族管乐一等,奖。

2008年来美之后,多次受邀参加领馆以及社会各社团的演出活动,美国各地的大小舞台上都留下了她的身影,各主流媒体多次对其精彩演出进行了报道。在2010年8月,闫亦修成功在达拉斯举办了个人竹笛独奏音乐会,广受好评。

闫亦修现在OAEC开设民族管乐教学,积极对华裔和美裔的孩子及成年人推广中国民族管乐。

Contact Sylvia Yang for the Chinese Flute Class: 832.274.8991

 

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