Strings of Soul – Pipa/Wu Man, Viola/Hsin-Yun Huang

Strings of Soul

Curator Lei Liang, World Premier of duo for Pipa and Viola

Imagine an evening of the richest folk inspired sonic journey; ranging from traditional Chinese melodies to Ligeti, whole evening seamlessly curated by prize winning composer Lei Liang and a world premiere for this unique combination of string instruments.

What inspired us to create this Culture is an ever loaded word in today’s changes all around us. As musicians of Chinese origins, the three of us have come from contrasting musical roots. Yet what brought us together to create is the same desire of wanting to connect, rediscover and learn. Folk elements will always be the most powerful material because it is a reflection of the people, of artistic meanings that evolved organically across time and space in all cultures.

In this program we will bring you music and sounds as early as the 13th Century from Mongolia to 21st Century music from Ligeti. We hope to create a listening experience that will be rich, surprising, inspiring and full of beauty. By connecting the unlikely combination of two beautiful string instruments, it is about imagine the unimaginable.

We are grateful for the following commissioning organizations —

January 7, 2021. Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
January 10, 2021 Union College Series
March 20, 2021 Jordan Hall, Boston presented by The Foundation of Chinese Performing Arts

Wu Man’s website


Lei Liang’s website