Renowned young bamboo flautist, Ms. Tang Junqiao is now Associate Professor at Shanghai Conservatory of Music, member of Chinese Musicians’ Association, board member of the Bamboo Flute Academy of the Chinese Folk Instrument Association. She was also the principal bamboo flute of Shanghai Chinese Orchestra.
Ms. Tang began her study of bamboo flute with her father and won many prizes during childhood. In 1986, she entered the Middle School Affiliated to Shenyang Conservatory of Music and studied under Prof. Kong Qingshan. She held her first recital in 1990 at the age of 16, and in 1992 entered Shanghai Conservatory, studying under distinguished flautists Zhao Songting and Yu Xunfa. She has been making recordings since 1993. In 1996, she entered Shanghai Chinese Orchestra. In 1998, she won the Silver Prize in the Sixth International Bamboo Flute Concerto Competition held in Taipei. In the same year, she was appointed Principal Bamboo Flute of Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, the first female to hold any principal position in a Chinese folk-instrument orchestra. In 2004, she was appointed professor of bamboo flute by the Shanghai Conservatory.
Tang’s playing is technically perfect, tonally refined and rich in expression. She often performs as soloist in various orchestral and chamber concerts, as well as in recitals and TV galas. Important performances include Shanghai Grand Theatre 2000 New Year’s Concert, the Celebration Concert of the 4th Anniversary of the Return of Hong Kong, 2001 Shanghai Spring International Music Festival, the Inaugural Concert of CCTV Music Channel and Shanghai APEC Gala. In March 2000, she was invited to play the solo part in Tan Dun’s score for Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which won both the Oscar and the Grammy awards and practically launched Tang on the international stage. In September she was invited to London to perform the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon concerto for cello and bamboo flute with Yo-Yo Ma and won high acclaim. She also brought this concerto on world-wide tours. She has since also collaborated with various Chinese composers, collaborating with Guo Wenjing in the bamboo flute concerto Chou Kong Shan, premiering Yang Qing’s concerto Cang and Tang Jianping’s The Flying Song, collaborating with He Xuntian in the album Paramita. She has performed in Berlin Philharmonie, Marseilles Opera, the Goldensaal of Vienna, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Barbican Center and other famous halls.