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Min Hui Fen(闵惠芬)

Min Hui-fen is one of the most revered erhu masters in the world. She has won numerous awards, including the top prize in “The Shanghai Spring” Fourth National Erhu Competition1in 1963; the title of “Best Cultural Artist of China” in 1989; and the “Bao Gang Elegant Artist Award” in 1994.

Min has performed in many countries and regions, including the United States, France, Canada, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan. In 1977, her performance of the Chinese folk piece Wailing Waters, the basis of the concerto that Mrs. Min will perform in East Meets West 2003, brought tears to the conductor Seiji Ozawa, who commented that Min Hui-fen’s performance so successfully portrayed the pain and suffering of mankind that it allowed the audience to share its intense sorrow. The chief critic of the Boston Symphony Orchestra lauded Min Hui-fen as “one of the best string performers in the world.”

Min’s performance style is often rich in passion, touching yet not overpowering, exaggerating yet controlled, plaintive but not injured. She successfully combines her emotional momentum with the romantic charm of each recital piece.