The Composer, Pipa soloist YANG Jing 楊靜 is working on worldwide music stages by giving concerts of Traditional Music, Classical Music, Contemporary, Jazz as well as Improvised music, in Solos, Chamber music, Ensembles, Vocal, Concerto, Orchestra, Film and Multimedia performances.
She maintains an extensive performance schedule throughout Asia, Europe, North America, Africa and the Middle East, bringing a mixture of musical styles and cultures to the stage. Combining her love for musical traditions of east and west with an innovative spirit of exploration, Yang Jing builds on a vast amalgam of musical history from both Asian and Western traditions to create a musical experience that transcends boundaries.
Her musical training started at the age of 6. In 1976 she went to the Henan opera music school at age of 12. Two years later she was chosen to work at the opera ensemble in Henan. A 1986 graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where she undertook 4 years Chinese traditional music composition studies with Hu Dengtiao; 2 years traditional music research and Guqin study with Lin Youren; 4 yeas Pipa study with Ye Xuran. From 1986 she worked 12 years as the Pipa soloist of the China Central Traditional Orchestra in Beijing. Additionally she studied Pipa from Lin Shicheng and Wang Fandi in Beijing and made two years composition study under Minoru Miki which had been supported from the Japan International Artists Exchange Scholarship founds. Since 1998 she started to co-operated with Japan Arts Co. and Minoru Miki expanding her career as an active soloist worldwide. Since 2003 until today she based her home in Switzerland. She did a full time Master in composition study in Bern.
As a composer, she writes music also for Western orchestras and Ensembles, for orchestras and ensembles with traditional Chinese instruments, music for mixed western and asian orchestrated ensembles, for choral, theatre, Film, Big Band & Jazz Ensembles, Pipa concertos, as well as Ensembles, with Multimedia etc. Her unique creations have been premièred in the United States, Europe, China and Japan. For example in 2014 in Switzerland Premiered her works: Quintet «The Big Dipper / Der Grosse Wagen» - in five movements; «String Trio: 0 - 1 - 2 - 3», music for choir and Pipa «A Traveller's chant - at Mount Lu» in Boswiler summer festival; Pipa Concerto «Feuer und Erde» in Castle Rapperswil; Pipa Concerto «Winter in Moscow» with Chamber Orchestra Kremlin. Compositions for Jazz Ensemble with 11 players: «Yellow in Green», «Roach-slip Glueck», «Far East in the mirror», «A Letter to Mingus», «Good-Bye» «Ma-Ma». Since 2000 she receives continuously composition commissions from different ensembles and projects.
'A touch of eternity
- The Yang commissioned work .... orchestra mystically played the first soundscapes unusual harmonies, increasing density, which let your own body vibrating.
The composition fascinated by otherness, a refined percussion with some completely unknown noise. Yang merged with her Pipa.
The audience entered in the millennia an ancient Chinese music reflected to modern western sounds again and again. At the same time, the great attraction was the poetic and powerful virtuosity of the musician. What very impressive was also conductor Becker has done in rehearsal the orchestral part, what had to come to grips with the musicians the beat and disharmony. People were totally attract in a foreign world.
The applause was no end, so that the Chinese gave away two encores - Pipa solo. The admiration to her playing art remained. ...' November 2014
As a player, she is equally comfortable whether performing solo concerts, chamber music or concertos, and frequently appears in jazz and improvisatory settings as well. Since end of 90th, she started to play improvised music, in duos with drummers Pierre Favre and Max Roach; saxophonist Arnie Lawrence and ensembles; Since 2003 she explore widely improvisations not only in solo, especially interested to work with western instruments and modern Jazz bands, Jazz 4tet «Different Song» and in different Trios, Duos with great Jazz musicians. We can hear some of the results in her CDs.
Simultaneously she was soloist in classical ensembles and orchestras. For example, in 2002 she won «Traditional Music Contribution» price with the Tokyo-based groups «Yang Jing and Yui Ensemble» at the International Chamber Music Competition in Osaka, Japan.
She inspired composers from different culture background to compose for pipa and has premièred many Pipa Concertos with different Orchestras which were composed for her. She has also premièred her own works such as Pipa Concertos, music for pipa with different performing styles: classical ensembles, orchestrates, choir and Jazz formations.
Yang Jing has founded or co-founded different ensembles to work continuously for musical discoveries and share the joy.