Zhao Taisheng

Zhao Taisheng

Zhao Taisheng joined the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in 2005 as a sanxian musician. He is a member of the China Nationalities Orchestra Society and the Beijing Musicians’ Association. Zhao was born in Linfen of Shanxi, China, and began learning a variety of Chinese instruments at the age of six. In 1984, he entered the Central Conservatory of Music where he trained in sanxian under Prof. Xiao Jiansheng, Wang Zhenxian and Tan Longjian at the Traditional Instruments Department. Zhao has won many prizes and awards, including the Dunhuang Class One Award at the First International Jiangnan Wind and String Competition, a Class One Performance Award with A Festive Procession, another Class One Award for the new work Eulogy of the South, and an Outstanding Performance Award at the 3rd All China Folk Music Instrumental Music Showcase with his sanxian performance of Demon from Heaven (1994) etc.. He was invited to perform at the Asian Percussion Festival of the Asian Week, held in Busan, South Korea for three consecutive years. He was named one of the ‘Ten Best Performers of Beijing’ in 1998. His sanxian solo performance of Ceding Xuzhou at the closing ceremony of the 2nd National Peking Opera Festival caused a sensation in 1999. His zhongruan solo of Arabian Dance at the Spring Festival Gathering of the Beijing Musicians’ Association in 2003 won the praise of the experts present. He was a guest performer at Hacken Lee’s concert in 2011, where he demonstrated the amazing potential and charm of the sanxian. Following that, he was invited to go on Hacken’s world tour and wherever they went, the segment that featured Zhao’s sanxian would win rave response from the audience.