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YOUTH CHINESE PERFORMERS: A NEW FRONTIER FOR THE ERHU
Karen han is a versatile erhu player who has put the traditional chinese two-stringed instrument onto the world's stage. In 1997, karen han became the first soloist of a chinese instrument in the hollywood bowl's then 75-year history. In 2001, karen han was featured in the world premiere performance of composer tan dun's " concerto for erhu and chamber orchestra " . Karen started playing the erhu at the age of 6. she was taught by her father. At age 10, she auditioned for the demanding central conservatory of music in Beijing, which only accepted two students on the erhu each year out of 160 applicants. In 1985, she was invited to join the best chinese young artists group which toured more than 15 cities in the u.s. enamored with the west, karen moved to los angeles in 1988. since her arrival, warner brothers, hollywood pictures and hbo have all employed her talents. Karen's playing has been heard on the soundtracks for " memoir of a geisha " , " the joyluck club " , " passion of the christ " , " mulan-ii " , " anna and the king " and " the last emperor " .karen has performed and recorded with modern jazz group, and also plays rock and pop. She tried very hard to develop repertoire from her instrument and to introduce the erhu to the western world.
DVD
30 minutes
2007
 
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