Sun Yongzhi

Sun Yongzhi

Sun Yongzhi graduated from the Xi’an Conservatory of Music in 1982, where he trained under Yuan Xiuhe. He was also a formal disciple of the dizi virtuoso, Maestro Zhao Songting. He joined the Conservatory’s faculty upon graduation, and was Head of its Teaching Resources Centre for Wind Music under the Department of Ethnic Instrumental Music. He is currently the Dizi Principal of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, a dizi instructor and supervisor on the postgraduate programme at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, a visiting dizi instructor at the Malaysian Institute of Art, and Visiting Professor and supervisor on the Master’s degree programme of the Xi’an Conservatory of Music.

Sun is dedicated to the research and practice of the art of dizi, so he is able to incorporate the outstanding features of many stylistic schools, his perception of traditional culture as well as his knowledge of modern music to come into his own. He has performed a variety of dizi classics in recent years, including Windy Days by Chan Ming-chi, the dizi concerto Four Movements: Northern Shaanxi by Cheng Dazhao, and Wilderness by Yang Qing, all of which demonstrate his technical virtuosity as well as his pursuit for artistic excellence.

Sun has represented many performing arts groups for overseas cultural exchange, and has been to 20 countries including the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Japan and the Middle East. His publications include the articles on The Northern and Southern Styles of the Dizi and On the Intonation of the Dizi, as well as a full set of graded teaching materials for dizi examinations (Vol.1-8).