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Mastering the instruments of fate

As the hands of the clock approached 8 pm, Zhong Huile was busy checking his trumpet like suona, while his wife Chen Mengjing was tuning her guzheng-a traditional plucked, stringed instrument-one final time. As the clock struck the hour, the group pressed the start button on the smartphone and started their livestreaming performance.

Banding together, modern technology opens new doors

"The world is beautiful. Just listen."That's the comment that got the most "likes" during the livestream of the Shanshui Folk Music Troupe. An introduction to the main members of the band might grant one a deeper understanding of the words.

Rock music venues work together to beat the blues

The air is pulsing with heavy rock inside On The Way, a popular live music club in Hefei, Anhui province.

Tianjin Juilliard gets new leadership team

The Juilliard School has announced a new team to lead Tianjin Juilliard, its first overseas campus, on March 30. The current artistic director and dean, He Wei, will be its next CEO.

Beijing Chinese Orchestra begins new season

Beijing Chinese Orchestra has launched its new performing season, with 10 concerts to be held throughout this year.

Music awards weather the pandemic

Equality, authenticity and variety key watchwords for delayed event On a sweltering summer day in 2019, fans cheered in a spacious studio in the southern suburbs of Beijing as a group of rock musicians took center stage.

Mastering the Sensitive Cord

Michael Mubaiwa, a 24-year-old Zimbabwean student, received the grand prize in the 2021 China-Africa Video and Photo Competition last October. By displaying his amazing guqin experience, he won the hearts of both the audience and the jury. 

Music industry records double-digit growth worldwide in 2021

The global recorded music market grew by 18.5 percent in 2021 despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the annual global music report released by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry on March 22.

World musicians release new material for World Sleep Day

To mark World Sleep Day, 10 artists from across the globe have released 30 new songs and 10 new EPs. The musicians, all from five different labels under Universal Music Group, have created 30 new compositions in total to help provide a serene environment conducive to a restful night's sleep.

Visually impaired girl plays Beijing 2022 theme song Snowflake

For Ma Yifei, a 16-year-old visually impaired girl, the violin piece of the Beijing 2022 theme song, Snowflake, that she played in the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, is her best gift for Paralympians across the globe.
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