Artistic Director: Ms. Bing Xia
Ms. Bing Xia is a well-known guzheng soloist and a guzheng teacher in China and the Washington DC area. She started her guzheng lessons when she was 8 years old. She majored in gu-zheng performance at Nanjing Normal University, and learned guzheng from virtuoso, Professor Yan AiHua. After graduating from Nanjing Normal University, she pursued advanced studies in guzheng performance at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Professor He Baoquan. Her professional career began as a guzheng soloist in the Xuzhou city Song and Dance Ensemble in Xuzhou, China. Since then, Ms. Xia and her students have won a number of awards in national guzheng competitions. In 1996, she was honored nationally as a prominent guzheng teacher.
After moving to the United State, Ms. Bing Xia joined the Chinese Folk Orchestra of Greater Washington (CFOGW) as a principal guzheng performer. She was a featured performer in the "Asian Song Festival" at the Kennedy Center in the May of 2003, in Fall Garden Day - Asian Style held by Tudor Place Historic House and Garden in the September of 2002, and in the "Music in the Age of Confucius" program presented by the Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in the summer of 2000. Ms. Xia has also performed as a soloist for many concerts and special events throughout the Washington DC metropolitan area, Richmond in Virginia, Pittsburg in Pennsylvania including the Strathmore Music Center (2006), the University of Maryland (2005), the Smithsonian Institution (2005), the Department of Energy, the IMF, the FCC, the FDA, the DC City Council, the Washington Millennium Celebration in 2000 and the first Chinese cultural festival in 1999. She was also a featured performer, along with the CFOGW, in a concert held by the Embassy of the People's Republic of China for vice premier Qian Qichen and Secretary of State Colin Powell. She also gave a lecture at University of Maryland and UMUC. Her performances have been highly praised by Washington Post critics, "The overwhelming artistry of guzheng soloist Bing Xia will long resound in this reviewer's memory." Her performances have been broadcast by both NPR and Voice of America nationwide.