ACIAC Music Workshop: Chinese Guqin and Contemporary Chinese Life

A seven-stringed bridgeless zither, the Chinese Guqin was invented some 3000 years ago, and it stands as China’s best-known classical music instrument. Since November 2003, the instrument has been included as an item in UNESCO’s Oral and Intangible Heritage project.

In this workshop, Beijing-based contemporary Chinese Guqin master, Mr Wang Peng, will introduce some basic knowledge about the instrument, including its structure, history and crafting. He will also explain some ways to help identify and appreciate a well-made Guqin. By looking into the philosophical and aesthetic basis of the instrument, Mr Wang will take you into the connections between traditional Chinese aesthetics and Chinese daily living and in so doing he will show how you could enrich your life through music-related cultural activities.

Mr Wang Peng has been invited to participate in this year’s Sydney Festival from 23 to 27 January. For more information, please visit Sydney Festival’s website (opens in a new window).


Date: Friday, 25 January 2019

Time: 11.00am - 12.30pm

Venue: EA.G.03, Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture, Parramatta Campus (South), Western Sydney University

Limited seats. RSVP Essential. Please RSVP HERE (opens in a new window) before 24 January, 2019.

The workshop will be in Chinese with English interpretation.

Guqin Master Wang Peng

Wang Peng is a Chinese Guqin master. A master maker and performer of this classical Chinese music instrument, he founded the much acclaimed JunTianFang Company Ltd of Beijing some years ago and has since been devoting himself to the instrument. He helps restore impaired Guqin and designs and makes new ones; he takes and teaches students, organizes Guqin performances; he does recordings of Guqin music and collects ancient books about the music. JunTianFang now offers designing services for aesthetic spaces and it is also the prime conservator in Beijing of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of “traditional Guqin art”. Mr Wang Peng is currently a Member of the Executive Council of the Chinese Musical Instruments Making Association, the Deputy Secretary General of the Guqin Professional Council of the China Nationalities Orchestra Society and the Deputy Director of the Display Art Council of the China National Interior Decoration Association.