Feifei Yang (Wikipedia) is an award-winning musician, performer, and groundbreaking arts entrepreneur. Hailed as “The Chinese Huqin Girl Stepping into Hollywood” by Sinovision, she is a Huqin (Banhu and Erhu) performance expert and vocalist whose talents are revolutionizing the global music and entertainment scenes.
Feifei Yang has contributed her talents to notable venues and institutions including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Barclays Center, the United Nations, Summer Stage, the New York Fashion Week, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, among several others. She has also served as a judge for the China Central Television’s (CCTV) China Youth Talent Show Contests; the Fifth Annual American Youth Talent and Art Contests; and China's National Youth Music Competition in Liaoning Province, China. She is a dual 2017 Global Music Award Winner - Female Vocalist & Popular Music. You can also see her in the Emmy Award-winning TV show We Speak New York.
Feifei Yang began her music training with the Huqin, the Chinese two-stringed fiddle, at the age of nine in northeast China. She was the only student studying the Banhu to be accepted to the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in 2003. Four years later, her combined achievements led her to earn the honor of Outstanding Graduate Student of all of Liaoning province’s colleges, and in 2007, she became the very first Masters recipient for Banhu in the Conservatory’s history. She was the first place winner of the AWZG Chinese Young Artists Talent Selection. Additional merits include the Best Creativity Award winner in CCTV's “Chinese New Year Gala” U.S. Talent Hunt. Along with her conservatory training, Feifei holds additional Masters degrees in Education from Adelphi University and Arts and Cultural Management from the Pratt Institute. She is also a member of the Chinese Musician’s Association and Liaoning Traditional Chinese Orchestral Music Association.
Coupled with her love for the performing arts is Feifei’s passion for building bridges between China and diverse cultures and art forms. She is the founder FJ Music Fusion, New York’s first Chinese fusion band that brings China's traditional music to contemporary audiences through modern integrations of classical pieces and other musical genres. Feifei’s story was filmed by Sohu TV and the Ividea Cultural Production Company for the 2014 documentary series – Fly Across America, which garnered over one million views in its first week.
Feifei Yang also pursues this artistic and cultural bridge through academic research. In 2015, she collaborated with Mr. Cosmo Shoumain Xue to develop a modern electronic version of the Erhu, enabling performers to play the contemporary music of professional standards while retaining the rich heritage of the thousand-year-old instrument. Under the advisement of Professor HyukJae Henry Yoo at the Pratt Institute in New York, Feifei contributed a deep understanding of the essence and heritage of the Erhu, which was essential to its research, creation, and execution. Her contributions led the Pratt Institute to retain Feifei as a post-graduate researcher for its Digital Arts and Humanities Research Center (DAHRC).
In 2015, Feifei Yang released Dance of the Strings, an album featuring a self-composed jazz Huqin piece for both the Erhu and Banhu, creating a rhythmic groove. The album also features three of her live classical Banhu performances, presenting the works from composers Shao-Yi Yan, Ying Zhang, and legendary Banhu player Mingyuan Liu.
On February 1st 2016, Feifei directed and performed in The Charm – Traditional Instruments, Modern Interpretation concert at the Carnegie Hall as the artistic director and Huqin performer. All the innovative works were composed and performed by six young Chinese musicians. In a letter sent by the New York City Mayor’s office, Mr. Bill de Blasio complimented this “outstanding concert.” He praised Feifei’s commitment as the artistic director and one of the musicians to “advancing the arts in our city and to cultivating a more inclusive culture life for our residents.” Yang is working on her second album, a revolutionary combination of American pop and rock music with Huqin music.
On Dec 31, 2016, Feifei appeared as a performer on the famed Times Square New Year's Eve Countdown Stage, watched by millions around the globe on TV and the internet. This was the first time a Chinese female singer appeared at Times Square New Year’s Eve Countdown,
On February 16, 2017, Feifei's first pop music video Tug of War, directed by Pauline Jones and produced by Good Shepard and BreedLove Productions, was released in the U.S.A.
Feifei’s talent for performance, passion for connecting diverse cultures, and worldly understanding of her craft truly make her “one to watch” on the international music scene!