Liu Mingyuan

Organized by 花昼 on 2022-03-10
Introduction to Liu Mingyuan(zhonghu,banhu)Master performer,composer

Liu Mingyuan (1931-1996), Banhu and Zhonghu performers. Hebei Bo Yeren. Soloist of the Beijing Film Orchestra, the chief soloist of the folk band, the leader of the folk band, the deputy director of the Department of Instrumental Music of the China Conservatory of Music, and the fourth director of the China Music Association. Member of Jiu San Society.

In 1957, as a representative of Chinese young artists, Mr. Liu Mingyuan participated in the 6th World Youth Festival Folk Musical Instrument Competition and won a gold medal. And visited dozens of countries. His national orchestral pieces such as "Happy Year" and "Joyful Ocean" are popular all over the country and spread to Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and overseas, and they have been performed for a long time. His name has been included in many music books at home and abroad, and due to his outstanding contributions, he was among the first to enjoy special government allowances.

He inherited and developed the traditional banhu performance art, developed the soprano and alto banhu; adapted and performed the Zhonghu tune "On the Prairie", so that Zhonghu began to appear on the stage as a solo instrument; created "Xiyangyang", "The Herdsman" Return" and other national instrumental music, and cultivated a group of rising stars for various places. He is the soloist of the Beijing Film Orchestra and the principal of the Chinese National Orchestra.

Liu Mingyuan is one of the most outstanding performers of national instrumental music in China for nearly half a century. He enjoys the reputation of "the master of Chinese bowed string music" in the Chinese and international music circles. He is proficient in all kinds of huqin instruments, especially Banhu and Zhonghu.

Since the 1950s, Liu Mingyuan has been devoted to promoting the cultivation of musical talents. Since 1982, he has served as a professor of the Department of Instrumental Music of the China Conservatory of Music, and has cultivated countless musical talents. Liu Mingyuan died in February 1996.
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