The Art of Chinese Harp: Free Performance and Lecture

“The Thousands-Year Echo from Silkroad” cultural event opens a window to Chinese Culture

Monday 27 November at 2 pm, Gallery University Stellenbosch (GUS) is proud to host a free lecture about the Chinese Harp music, followed by a live music performance.
“The Konghou is an ancient Chinese harp, which became extinct in the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). However, in the 20th century, Chinese musicians found a way to revive it as a double bridge harp. It became more resemble Western concert harps. The modern Konghou has its strings folded over to make two rows, which enables players to use advanced playing techniques such as vibrato and bending tones. This is also how it is different from the Western harp” says Prof Fuai Jian, Chinese director of the Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University.


The lecture about the Konghou will be presented by Cui Junzhi, the founder of modern Chinese Konghou art. Junzhi is a professor of both the Central Conservatory of Music and the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. After graduating from China Conservatory of Music, she studied at Vienna State Music Academy and later worked at the Central National Chinese Orchestra as a first-class soloist. She is now serving as Chairperson of the Konghou Professional Committee of China Nationalities Orchestra Society (CNOS) and President of the Konghou Research Society of the Chinese Musicians’ Association. She has developed a set of playing techniques, which revitalized the ancient instrument and made its recognition around the world. Junzhi has won many prizes and awards in both international and national music competitions.
The lecture will be followed by a live performance, including three unique instruments: Cui Junzhi on Konghou, Chinese Harp; Li Yi on Pipa, Chinese Guitar; and Yang Yang on Guzheng, Chinese string instrument.
This cultural event is an initiative of the Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University (CISU). Prof Fuai Jian, Chinese director of the institute, says “I am very keen to share Chinese culture with South African people. We adopt Chinese music as the media to bridge the communication and understanding between South Africa and China. We welcome the public to come to listen to the wonderful music originated thousand years ago”.


Gallery University Stellenbosch (GUS) is an off-campus extension of the Visual Arts Department. With more than six free live music events in 2017, the gallery is exploring the possibilities of turning the white-cube into a live music hub for social cohesion in the community of Stellenbosch.

FREE & Open for All
Monday 27 November 2pm-4pm
GUS Gallery University Stellenbosch is based on the corner of Dorp and Bird streets, Stellenbosch
For more info or interviews, contact Valeria at 071-5501427 or email gus@sun.ac.za

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