Saturday, January 1, 2011
Musical Interlude with Award-winning UCI Student Wan Yeung on the Pipa
Subversity, a KUCI radio public affairs program, kicks off the new year with a musical interlude and airs a live performance by an award-winning UCI student musician specializing in the Chinese string instument, Pipa.
Currently a guitar major at University of California, Irvine, Wan Yeung (Yeung Ngai Wan) began playing the Pipa when he was 12 while living in Hong Kong. By the age of 18, he was honored as the champion of the Student Chinese Instrumentalists in Hong Kong. The following year (2007) he received an award for being the champion of the Hong Kong Student Pipa soloists.
Wan recently won a gold medal in the Amateur Adult Category at the 2010 Chinese Instrument International Competition U.S.A held at California State University, San Jose.
At UC Irvine's School of Music, he is a recipient of The Regents’ Scholarship as well as The Edna Helen Beach Scholarship.
Wan’s first CD of traditional Chinese Pipa music, “Restoration”, was released in late 2009.
He has acquired quite a following in the local Asian community and performs often when a Chinese lute soloist is requested. For more information about his music, see his web site.
The Subversity radio show airs from 5-6 p.m. Monday 3 January 2011 on KUCI, 88.9fm in Orange County, California, and is simulcast via kuci.org. The show host is Daniel C. Tsang.