North America Guzheng Competition!
The North America Guzheng Competition was conceived by the Director of the International Zheng Competition, Mr. Yang Tao of China. In 2012, on the invitation of Ms. Gina Cai, President of the Music Lovers Guzheng Society in Edmonton, and the City of Edmonton, Mr. Yang visited the city and took a cultural tour of Edmonton. Ms. Cai was the 2009 winner of the "Nurturer's Award" at the International Zheng Contest in Hong Kong. The Award was given to her in recognition of her excellence in teaching. Her student had won a Bronze Medal at the International Zheng Competition. Ms. Cai is a businesswoman who also teaches guzheng in Edmonton, helping to expose a wider audience to this traditional Chinese musical instrument.
During his 2012 visit Mr. Yang was introduced to some of Edmonton's excellent cultural venues such as the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, the Winspear Centre and the Art Gallery of Alberta. While here, Mr. Yang also had the opportunity to meet some local talent and was impressed with the passion and enthusiasm of the performers. He appreciated that Edmonton had the honour of being named the Cultural Capital of Canada in 2007 and encouraged Edmontonian, Ms. Gina Cai to apply for the privilege of hosting the First North America Guzheng Competition. She was successful and the competition was held in Edmonton, May, 2013.
The organizing committee of this years competition is proud to work with an extremely enthusiastic, energetic, efficient and committed group of individuals for the second North America Guzheng Competition. As in 2013, Ms. Cai is the Executive Producer and Competition Director of the event. We are confident that we will attract a broad cross section of participants (ages 8 to adult) as well as interested onlookers and supporters. The success of an event such as this is hugely dependent on the support of our sponsors, local business, the media, volunteers and individuals.
We, the Chinese Community are committed to sharing our culture with Edmonton. We have all, no doubt, enjoyed events such as Chinese New Year’s Celebrations, the Mid Autumn Festival or Chinatown Night Market. Chinese music plays an integral part in their celebrations and we are proud to introduce the general public once again to the wonderful sounds of the “Guzheng”.