Gu Zheng Virtuoso and Teacher
Ms. Xia’s Guzheng Solo CD, The Rising Moon, is now available!
Ms. Bing Xia, Artistic Director of the Washington Guzheng Society, is a well-known Guzheng soloist and teacher in China and the Washington DC area. Started Guzheng lessons at the age of 8, Ms. Xia was majored in Guzheng performance at Nanjing Normal University, and learned from virtuoso, professor Yan, Ai-Hua. After graduating from Nanjing Normal University, she pursued advanced studies in Guzheng performance at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Professor He Baoquan. Her professional career began as a Guzheng soloist in the Xuzhou city Song and Dance Ensemble in Juangsu Province, China. Since then, Ms. Xia and her students have won a number of awards in national Guzheng competitions. In 1996, she was honored nationally as a prominent Guzheng teacher.
After moving to the United States, Ms. Bing Xia was a featured performer in the “Music in the Age of Confucius” program presented by the Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in the summer of 2000, and in the “Asian Song Festival” at the Kennedy Center in the May of 2003. Ms. Xia has also performed as a soloist for many concerts and special events throughout the Washington DC metropolitan area, Richmond in Virginia, Pittsburg in Pennsylvania including the first Chinese cultural festival and the Washington Millennium Celebration in 2000, the DC City Council, the Department of Energy, the IMF, the FCC, the FDA, the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Maryland, the Strathmore Music Center, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the Secret Service, the George Mason University, the Black Rock Performing Arts Center. In January of 2009, she performed at Smithsonian Institution supported by Presidential Inaugural Committee. She was also a featured performer in a concert held by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China for vice premier Qian Qichen and Secretary of State Colin Powell. She gave a lecture at University of Maryland and UMUC. Her performances have been highly praised by Washington Post critics, “The overwhelming artistry of guzheng soloist Bing Xia will long resound in this reviewer’s memory.” Her performances have been broadcast by both NPR and Voice of America nationwide.