OCTOBER 18-21, 2018
CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA
SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 | 7:00PM | NATIONAL MUSIC CENTRE STUDIO BELL
Chinese National Day Celebration
CHINESE MUSIC RECITAL
JAZZ & HARP MASTERCLASS
FESTIVAL (AUDIENCE ACCESS) PACKAGE
The festival audience access package includes tickets to the feature concert, jazz gala, as well as workshop/masterclass viewings.
(Workshop/Masterclass participation is an additional $80 per masterclass or workshop.)
Please email for package purchase and information.
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Artistic Director & Co-Founder
2015 - 2016 Medalist of the Knights in French Literature and Arts. (Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, Knights of the Order of France in Arts and Letters also referred as the Medal of the Knights.) He is the world's first Chinese national folk musician’s recipient, and the world's first Chinese erhu performers who won the award. Member of the French Artist Composers Association, UNESCO invited artist. Guo Gan had won the first outstanding Chinese artist award for civilization and dialogue, honorary director of the Chinese National Orchestra Association. He is also the first Chinese erhu performer won the 20th World Outstanding Chinese Artist Award.
Guo Gan started learning erhu in early childhood from his father Guo Jun Ming, also a renowned erhu master, music educator, vice president of Erhu Institute of Chinese Musicians Association, director of Chinese folk music department of Shenyang Conservatory of Music. Master Guo Gan is a profound musician with comprehensive Erhu techniques and multi-talented. Graduated from 1991 with a bachelor degree in music (Erhu), from Shenyang Conservatory of Music, Guo Gan also specialized in percussion from Professor Lu Shanqing. He has also founded a few contemporary popular bands; the most well- known one would be GYQ Jazz Band.
In 2001, Guo Gan studied in France and obtained his Master’s degree from the National Music School of Fresnes in Paris. During this period, he founded his first Chinese Jazz band – Dragon Jazz in Paris and won the second place at the European Chinese musician competition in Belgium in December 2002.
Through Chinese traditional erhu music, Guo Gan has worked with many musicians, artists, orchestras across the world and traveled more than 80 countries. He had played over 5000 concerts, recorded and published more than 60 albums. He has performed in many movies, such as [[KungFu Panda 3]], [[Shaolin]], [[L’Idole]], more than 40 Chinese and Western movie music. Master Guo Gan had also performed in world class concert hall such as New York Carnegie Hall, New York Lincoln center concert hall, Chicago Symphony Center, California The Orange County performing Arts Center, Geneva Victoria Hall, Paris Cite de la Musique, Paris Palais des Congres, Poland Wroclaw Philharmonic Concert hall, Japan Tokyo Theater, Tokyo Suntory Concert Hall, Brazil Rio Samba Theatre, Mexico city Plaza theatre, and many more Chinese theatre, concert hall, over 100 Chinese venues performance etc.
Guo Gan has played with many of the world famous musicians such as Lang Lang, Yvan Cassar, Didier Lockwood, Gabrel Yared, Hans Zimmer, Jean Francois Zygel, Nguyen Le and many others. His performance with Lang Lang in Europe and the United States have not only been highly recognized and praised by the media, but also gained popularity among music lovers around the world. In 2005, he worked with the famous French conductor Yvan Cassar, with the French Paris Opera Symphony Orchestra in Paris, at the largest theater Palais des Congre symphony "Chinese ink" dozens of games. His collaboration with the French master of the violin, Master Didier Lockwood has triggered the French audiences’ love of the Chinese erhu. Guo Gan has performed numerous times with different orchestral across the world, such as The National Symphony Orchestra of the New York Symphony Orchestra, the French Paris Opera Symphony Orchestra, the French Paris Massy Symphony Orchestra, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and the Polish Symphony Orchestra, the French Nice Symphony Orchestra, many different Chinese Symphony Orchestra, performing concerts with large audiences.
His music involved in different genres, such as world music, classical music, jazz, ballet, opera, modern music, film music and, pop music. He has been highly recognized by the media, Steve Smith, editor of the New York Times Arts Page wrote, 'Mr. Guo, a magnificent performer, shaped melodies with the expressive contours of vocal lines in Hua Yanjun's "Moon reflected on the Er-Quan Spring" and provided flourishes that might give a violinist pause during Huang Gai Huai's "Horse Racing".' Mark Swed, a music critic for the Los Angles Times, also gave high regard to Guo Gan's performance with Lang Lang: 'Guo was a wonder, his Erhu sweetly filling the air with an astonishing sweet and sumptuous sonic perfume, which Lang accompanied with exquisite sensitivity.' Guo Gan has many compliments from different overseas media, being the “The world’s most active erhu artist who promotes Chinese culture.” Mexico and Brazil and other mainstream media in South America called Guo Gan, "He is the cultural bridge himself." Japan's Economic News, "The two strings master who played the main theme of Sino-Japanese exchange.”
While attempting to live simultaneously in Brooklyn and on a farm in Switzerland, harpist Park Stickney is constantly in motion, traveling across Europe, the U.S. and Asia, as a soloist and teacher, as well as with a variety of ensembles whose music ranges from jazz to classical to rock.
He’s performed and taught in nearly every harp festival that exists, from Adelaide to Zaragoza, often several times (12 appearances at the German Harfentreffen, 6 for the Edinburgh Harp Festival, every International Harpfest since 1995..), has played Wagner with the Berlin Philharmonic (as a jazz harpist disguised as a classical harpist), profiting at the same occasion to play a solo jazz concert for the Philharmonic’s lunchtime series for 1200 people.
An active teacher, Stickney is the jazz harp tutor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and an assistant professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Lyon, France. He also teaches a regular improvisation class at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Lausanne and has given masterclasses at, among others, the Juilliard School, the Berklee College of Music, the University of Minnesota, the Chopin Conservatory in Warsaw, the Hochschule für Musik in Munich and Frankfurt, the Musik Akademie Basel, the Paris Conservatory, the Barcelona, Madrid and Zaragosa Conservatories in Spain, the Ecole de Jazz et Musique Actuelle in Lausanne, and the Conservatories of Milano, and Torino in Italy. He also teaches privately in Switzerland, London, and New York.
Stickney has 4 solo CDs, “Overdressed Late Guy” (1995), “Action Harp Play Set” (1999), “Still, Life with Jazz Harp” (2005), and “Surprise Corner” (2011), as well as a duo CD “Harp Summit” with Rüdiger Oppermann.
Stickney holds degrees from the Juilliard School (Masters of Music, 1991, Professional Studies 1992) and the University of Arizona (Bachelor of Music Cum Laude, 1988). His teachers included Nancy Allen and Carrol McLaughlin. He plays the Lyon & Healy Electro-acoustic harp, and is inordinately fond of black-cherry yogurt.
He is also an enthusiastic but decidedly un-gifted Swiss volunteer fireman.
Ms Jessica Yuen is an experienced music educator and concert performer who has a deep passion for music and music education. She dedicated herself to contribute to music education with young children since teaching her first piano student at age 15 and has worked with over 1500 students throughout her music education career.
Upon completing her Royal conservatory Grade 8 exam, Jessica continued her Grade 10 & ARCT piano studies with Mr. Edwin Gnandt from Ambrose University and later started the violin with Mr. Ben Neumman from the Mount Royal Conservatory during her high school year. Her love of music continued to grow as she started learning violin in 1996, guzheng in 2004, and harp in 2008.
As a lifelong learner, Jessica obtained her Bachelor of Sociology degree concentrating in crime and deviance in 2004. Later in 2011, she completed her Master of Business Administration concentrating on business leadership, and is currently studying Doctorate of Business Administration concentrating in Education Business research, both of which are with the University of Liverpool, UK. She has also completed her Post Graduated Music Pedagogy certification with European Strings Teachers Association & University of Chichester, UK this year, 2018, further involving herself into Music Pedagogy research.
Jessica started teaching her first piano student since 1995 through private lessons. She also started her piano accompaniment performance since 1994 with choir, violinist, trumpeters & vocalists. In 2006, Jessica started her first piano studio, Viva Musica, Academy of Music and Arts in Silver Springs to share her passion for the arts with more students. She and her team of music teachers offer private piano, violin, guitar, harp, voice, and art lessons of all levels. As a certified Music for Young Children teacher, Jessica also offers parented group piano lessons to students from pre-schoolers to teenagers. Students are able to continue in a group-class setting all the way to Royal Conservatory Grade 8, using her uniquely designed curriculum. This year, 2018, she has expanded Viva Musica to an Academy of Performing Arts in Royal Oak, offering dance classes as well as the current music program.
In addition to her involvement in music education, Jessica is also an international concert Pianist and Guzhengist. As an active music performer, Jessica had produced and performed Piano, Guzheng and Voice at the Resonated String: A Guzheng & Harp Concert in Calgary, MRU Bella Concert Hall, July 24, 2016. Jessica was also the Fusion Piano & Guzheng performer at the 6 week event Illuminasia at the Calgary Zoo in Fall 2016. World renowned Guzheng artist, Dr Lun Lun Zou, along with Master Erhuist Guo Gan invited Jessica as their piano accompanist for their Japan concert tour, Beau Soir Japan 2016.
In 2017, Jessica traveled for numerous music performance events, such as adjudication in Music Festival in Hong Kong, Hong Kong-China 20th year celebration concert on July 1. She also plays first violin with the London Tango Orchestra, and recorded her first album with Master Guo Gan in Spring 2018, Paris France.