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The First International Shanghai Guitar Week: a short Summary

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Gilbert Imperial

I listened to Gilberto Imperial in the small Shanghai Concert Hall and not in the Chartres Dimanche Salon. The small Shanghai Concert Hall is a beautiful hall – like a foyer with a very high roof. But the acoustic for classical guitarmusic is not so ideal as in the Chartres Dimanche Salon. It is okay with amplifier, but even with amplifier it is difficult to hear everything if you are sitting in the back. Another thing is, that all the concerts in the small Shanghai Concert Hall has to be shorten, because they are not allowed to be longer than one hour. So Gilberto Imperial had to cancel a lot of pieces – like all of us. We (Fan Ye, Lin Huan Qi, Li Zhi Qian and me) played one day later on August 15th and it was much more funny to play in the evening in the Chartres Dimanche Salon the whole program.
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Lin Huanqi, , Li Zhiqian, Julia Scheuffele, Fan Ye

The last day (16th of August) was finished with a solo concert of Lin Huan Qi. Lin Huan Qi played some real old pieces like Prelude and Allemande from S.L. Weiss and mixed it up with some jazzy children songs of Vinitsky and – the best of all – his own composition “Calling”. A very interesting concert, too!
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Lin Huanqi

I have enjoyed every concert and think, it was a very successful and happy week for the classical guitar in Shanghai! I hope so much that we will find more sponsors for the second Shanghai International Guitar Week (SIGW) next year! This year the help came from the Swiss Consulate and from the owner of the Chartres Dimanche Salon.

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Lin Huanqi, Li Zhiqian, Julia Scheuffele, Fan Ye

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Yang Hao, Michael Kern, Gui Yixin and Fan Ye

The First Shanghai International Guitar Week

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with: Fan Ye, Alberto Cuellar, Sergi Boadella, Gilbert Imperial, Cao Siyi, Julia Scheuffele, Lin Huanqi, Li Zhiqian, Michael Kern (Qian Yu), Shanghai RJ Big Band and Guitarshanghai!

Are the holidays too long for you? Hopefully not! But anyway: if you need some motivation for your guitar playing, you can join and listen to the concerts of the First Shanghai International Guitar Week.

Fan Ye, who is the founder of this event, just came back from his study abroad to offer such a nice idea to the Shanghai guitar lovers.

From the 12th till the 16th of August you have two guitar concerts a day. One is at the Shanghai Concert Hall (523 East Yan An Road) , beginn: 12.00 . And the other one is at the Chartes Dimanche Salon (246 West Fu Xing Road), beginn 20.00 . Alltogehter there are ten concerts with national and international guitarplayers.

Here you can download a pdf, with the full information about the artists and the programms: All musicians with both programm.pdf

Ye Fan in the Concerthall of Shanghai

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Yesterday my friend Ye Fan was giving a great concert in the almost sold concerthall.
Last year, you remember, he was my duopartner during a gig at T8 (XinTianDi) .

I was late and exhaustet, because I took our shuttle bus after teaching the whoole afternoon and the shuttle bus was stopped by a traffic jam on the highway. And I didn`t regret that I’ve rummaged through the rush hour. Fan Ye played a wonderful concert with a wise compiled program.

He started with some very wellknown pieces of Cardoso and Villa Lobos before he took up some modern high level pieces like the Four Seasons of Piazolla. After a break he started again with a very melodic and well known piece (Leo Brower, the 11th Novembre) before he played the Ginastera pieces. And then, at the end, he had some jazz and two pieces of Sergio Assad. The encore was a tango of Roland Dyens. It was a long concert with different musically high level pieces of mostly South American music.

Ye Fan went to Vienna Austria for classical guitar studies. Since 2009 he got two Diploma (Music education and Music Performance). He finished his Master degree in University of the Arts Berne Switzerland by Elena Casoli. Since 2011 he continue to pursue a Master Specialized Music Performance(Solist Diplom) degree. FAN Ye is an active guitarist in Asia, regularly giving concerts in Shanghai, Macau, Hong Kong, Austria, Switzerland.

Xiang Yang Road 173

if you are walking through the Xiangyang Road near the Music Academy of Shanghai, you will find the number 173 as a restored old house from the French consession. Toward the street there are two shops selling clothes and between them there is a barely visible small path through the buildings which leads you inside a small yard. Here you can find the entrance of the new guitar studio from He Shun Hua. He Shun Hua is one of Shanghai`s best guitar players and also working as a guitar teacher. He also sells guitars and some weeks ago we start to work together as a guitar duett.

Here in his Studio at Xiang Yang Road 173 He Shun Hua will organize a lot of activities for guitar lovers like rehearsals, talk shows and different small concerts. The first of these activities took place last tuesday June 12th, where Chen Bing another famous Shanghai guitar player made a performance for invited people.

Chen Bing learned the classical guitar with the legendary Ma Zhe Min who is one the four teachers in Shanghai who developed the classical guitar at a time other people even didn`t know that instrument. After learning with Ma Zhe Min, Chen Bing became the first student for classical guitar at the Shanghai Music Academy where he studied several years with Ye De Min. Now he is working as a musician and teacher in Shanghai. I was one of the lucky people who listened his performance on June 12th. He played several pieces of Tarrega. One of them was the Carneval of Venice.

here you see Chenbing in the studio at Xiangyang Road