ZHANG Weiliang is a famous performer and educator of flute and Xiao (a vertical bamboo flute). Mr. ZHANG is Dean of the Traditional Chinese Music Department of China Conservatory, Professor, Master Supervisor, Director of the Chinese Bamboo Flute Professional Committee of the National Orchestral Association, Vice Chairman of Beijing Musician Association, Head of the Chinese Nationalities Orchestra of China Conservatory and Vice President of China Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles and Honourary Professor of Southeast University in Nanjing.
In 1982, he won the first prize in the flute group of the National Folk Instrument Competition. In 1987, he won the group first prize in the Jiangnan Traditional Stringed and Woodwind Instruments Competition at home and abroad. In 1995, his CD album The World of Flute was awarded the China's Golden Record Award. In 2000 the dance A Deep Garden won the first prize at the Chinese TV Dance Competition (composer). In 2002 he was awarded the Reputed Virtue and Accomplishment Award in Beijing. In 2003, his music in the man solo dance Bamboo Dream won the first music prize in the Tao Li Cup National Dance Contest. Mr. ZHANG also published the book How to Play Flute and How to Play Xiao. He published more than ten series of records and teaching VCDs. Since 1987, he successfully held dozens of solo concerts at home and abroad.
Xuefei began playing the guitar at the age of seven, taking formal tuition at ten. Soon after, she made her first public appearance at the First China International Guitar Festival. She then went on to play extensively in China (including Hong Kong and Macao), Japan, Australia and Europe. In 1995 when John Williams came to Beijing, he was so impressed with her playing that he gave two of his own Smallman guitars to her Conservatory, especially for her and other advanced students to play. Xuefei came to England in 2000 for her postgraduate study at The Royal Academy of Music with Michael Lewin. In 2005, her outstanding achievements as a musician were recognized by the Royal Academy who granted her the title of "Associate."
Xuefei enjoys an international career and performs regularly throughout Europe, Asia and North America. Her success has led her to many prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, as well as the Philharmonie Berlin, Musikhalle Hamburg, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Vienna, Auditorio Nacional de Espana, Lincoln Center New York and the Herbst Theatre San Francisco. In Asia, she has appeared at the NCPA, Concert Hall Taipei, Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Esplanade Singapore, Seoul Arts Centre and the Beijing Concert Hall.
Xuefei has an exclusive international recording contract with EMI Classics. Her EMI debut album Romance de Amor reached gold disc status in Hong Kong. Her second album 40 Degrees North, featuring music from Spain and China was released in April 2008 and was chosen as "Best Instrumental CD of 2008" by Canton Radio station in China.