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Chinese zheng player Haiqiong Deng and her husband Dr. Nan Liu, an artist, will perform at TU on April 21.


ACTU presents Chinese music and art Friday

The 2017 Florida Folk Heritage Award recipient and Chinese zheng player Haiqiong Deng will be a guest artist, along with her husband and FAMU art professor Dr. Nan Liu, at the Fridays at Noon concert on Friday, April 21, in the Balfour chapel on the Thomas University Forbes Campus in Thomasville, Georgia. The program will focus on traditional Chinese music and art, including live Chinese painting.

Haiqiong Deng, a performer on the traditional Chinese instrument the zheng (or gu-zheng) was also the recipient of the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in 2013, the Master Artist of the Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Award in 2012, and the winner of the Outstanding Performance Prize at the Chinese National zheng Competition in Shanghai in 1995.

She has developed an international reputation as zheng soloist and chamber musician. Haiqiong has performed throughout China, Canada, Japan, Singapore, attended various music festivals, and given numerous performances and lectures at universities, museums, and national/regional conferences throughout North America. Her Carnegie Hall debut recital in 2003 included two world premieres, including one commissioned by the Harvard Fromm Foundation.

In addition to the zheng music, Haiqiong is also excellent at playing the qin (gu-qin), which has always been a key element for her inner cultivation of mind. Together with Dr. Nan Liu, she created the group “Echoes of Nature” to promote traditional arts. Their lively presentation of traditional music of qin and zheng, Chinese painting, and calligraphy draw audiences closer to the magnificence of traditional Chinese culture and inspire many to continue their research into this ancient culture.

Haiqiong received her Bachelor of Music degree in zheng performance from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Ethnomusicology from the Florida State University College of Music. She is currently the Director of the Chinese Music Ensemble at the Florida State University and pursuing a Ph.D. in Musicology at Florida State University.

A complimentary lunch will follow the approximately 50-minute performance. For more information, call 229-227-6964 or e-mail

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