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Soul of the Cello&
Connections between Erhu and Violin

2 June 2012

UK Limkokwing University of  
Creative Technology

UK Research and Development Centre for Chinese Traditional Culture


Royal Academy of Music

Linda Lin&

Amy Yuan

On the afternoon of June 2, the "Cello and Violin Demonstration Lecture" organised by the British Institute of Chinese Traditional Culture was successfully held at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. The seminar was based on the theme of Western folk art and culture, with a combination of demonstration and lectures. The seminar attracted audiences from all cultural backgrounds and interests, offering a fascinating and enriching afternoon.


After Ms. Gui Qiulin, the Dean of the Chinese Academy of Traditional Culture, gave a short and powerful opening remarks, Ms. Lin Yan from the Royal Academy of Music introduced the "soul of the cello", the background and knowledge of the cello, and various The characteristics of cello performance among artists. The cello is key to European classical music, especially in orchestras, string quartets, chamber music, concertos and sonatas. And according to Ms. Lin’s personal experience in music performing, the cello is sometimes used as a bass instrument in the Chinese folk orchestra. It is sometimes interchangeable with the gehu, laruan, paqin and other Chinese bass instruments. Ms. Lin also performed a number of world-famous pieces which brought the event to its climax.


In the second half, Ms. Yuan Wenwen, who graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, spoke to the guests about the "Essence of China Erhu and the Elf Violin of Western Music: Relationship and Comparison". Ms. Yuan not only explained the similarities and differences between the two instruments, but also performed the famous song "Good Night" with the erhu and violin respectively. Invited by the audience, she performed excerpts from the classic "Blessings of Love" with a violin. Although Ms. Yuan learned the violin since her childhood, after many years, she deeply felt the beauty of Chinese instruments and culture, so she picked up the erhu and embarked on a journey of exploring Chinese music.

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