FENG Mantian is a zhongruan artist at the China National Traditional Orchestra, a national first-class actor, an expert in ruan instrument modification and manufacturing, and a traditional cultural restorer. In 2006, he developed a “fretless zhongruan and playing method”. He was the first person to create performance and singing skills for zhongruan. After 47 times of failures in 17 years, he finally developed a Tang-style zhongruan with hidden holes in 2009. He has visited about 30 countries on behalf of the orchestra, including Switzerland, Russia, Austria, and the United States. He gave performances at world-famous art centres including the Kennedy Centre, Carnegie Hall, Salzburger Festspiele, Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre, Tirol Festival Theatre, etc. In October 2013, he held a gig for the Chinese and Russian Premiers in the Great Hall of the People. During the 2014 APEC Conference, he was invited to perform for President XI and U.S. President at the Great Hall of the People. In 2015, he composed music for the dance drama Puzzle Me at the request of the Milan Expo. In 2016, he composed music for the film Mr. No Problem, winning the Best Artistic Contribution Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
As a wind instrumentalist at the China National Traditional Orchestra, DING Xiaokui is good at playing many traditional Chinese wind instruments including the flute, the xiao, the xun, the panpipe, the bawu, and the cucurbit flute. He has followed the orchestra to the United States, Russia and European countries many times for a world tour, and played solos on world-famous stages including the Wiener Musikverein, the National Centre for the Performing Arts, the Great Hall of the People, and Beijing Concert Hall. He plays an important part in the China National Traditional Orchestra’s full-length national music dramas Impression Chinese Music and Rediscover Chinese Music. In April 2017, he held a solo concert at the Beijing Concert Hall. In July 2017, he starred in the China National Traditional Orchestra’s first Chinese concert in drama Xuanzang’s Pilgrimage in the role of young Xuanzang. Since 2000, he has been involved in the recording of soundtracks for many films including Youth and Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace. In 2009, he recorded Legend, a song sung by Faye Wong at the CCTV Spring Festival Gala.
He is a Chinese jazz, pop, crossover musician, composer and record producer with an academic degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2014, he attended the state banquet held in Beijing during the APEC Conference with the zhongruan virtuoso FENG Mantian, and performed for state leaders at the Great Hall of the People. As a keyboard player, he participated in the recording of music at various variety programmes all year round. He has served as the keyboard player for many large-scale concerts, and composed or arranged music for numerous film and TV works. His representative works include New Yuefu - Tune, a crossover album. He has appeared at many music festivals including the Sheffield OSMIO Blues Festival, Singapore Chinese Arts Festival, JZ Festival, Nine-Gates International Jazz Festival in Beijing, and etc.
YU Lei is a senior professional percussionist, vice president of the Shenzhen Percussion Society, and guest professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen. With more than 30 years of acting experience, he is adept at playing various styles of music. YU has cooperated with well-known Chinese musicians including ZHANG Chu, LAO Lang, GAO Xiaosong, Chyi Chin, ZHAO Muyang, ZANG Tianshuo, and Chuanzi. He attended the Eighth Golden Bell Awards in 2011, joined the concerts given by LAO Lang and GAO Xiaosong in 2012, appeared on the Shenzhen TV Generation Show from 2012 to 2016, took part in the Strawberry Music Festival in 2014, appeared at the Midi Festival in 2015 and participated at the Jiayuguan International Music Festival in 2018.
ZHAO Bing started learning the piano at a young age and was admitted to the North University of China, Shanxi with distinction in 2008. While at school, he participated in many performances on and off campus, accumulating rich experiences of stage performances. He went to South Korea twice to take part in exchange shows and performed pieces composed by himself, receiving high acclaim from Korean audiences. In the summer of 2014, he won the second prize for chamber music performance at the Harbin International Accordion Competition. In 2015, he won Excellent Instructor Award at the 79th Steinway National Piano Competition Beijing Branch. In 2017, he won the second prize for chamber music performance at the “Golden Cup Voice” Shanxi Accordion Music Festival.