Wu Man & the New Zealand String Quartet

September 2017

Wu Man has caught the world’s attention with her virtual reinvention of an ancient Chinese instrument – the lute-like Pipa. Her performances have relaunched the reputation of this 2000 year-old instrument in the West, with multiple Grammy Award nominations and Musical America naming her 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year.

She is a founding member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and starred in the acclaimed documentary The Music of Strangers in last year’s NZIFF. She is a regular collaborator with the celebrated Kronos Quartet at festivals across the globe, including the 2013 Auckland Arts Festival.

Wellington audiences will have an opportunity to hear Wu Man and the New Zealand String Quartet performing a repertoire that spans the centuries, beginning with traditional Chinese folk music and embracing arresting contemporary scores including Tan Dun’s Concerto for String Orchestra and Pipa.


Presented by the Confucius Institute and the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University of Wellington

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Wu Man & the New Zealand String Quartet

Tan Dun: Concerto for String Quartet and Pipa

Tan Dun: Eight Colours for string quartet

Zhao Jiping and Zhao Lin: Red Lantern for Pipa and String Quartet

Tabea Squire: 4th mvt from Chimaera for violin and pipa

Trad. Chinese: Xi Yang Xiao Gu (Flute and Drum music at Sunset)

Trad. Chinese: White Snow in Spring

Yi-Wen Jiang (arr.): Butterfly Love by He Zhanghao and Chen Gang


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