Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble
Finding Inspiration in Every Connection
Formed in 1989, The Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble is the very first professional Chinese music organization established in Canada.
For their first appearance, the ensemble was invited to perform for the Governor General’s Concert at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver. Since then, they have performed and toured internationally. They combine tradition and technical mastery with a passionate approach to integrating diverse styles on Chinese instruments.
The Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble endeavors to consolidate the ties among related instruments by cultivating creative connections. They are ambassadors for Chinese music sharing their culture in our various concerts and educational programs.
We will continue to make connections with musical communities and create a space for contemporary compositions and interdisciplinary projects for Chinese instruments.
樂團簡介: 溫哥華中華樂團成立於1989年， 是加拿大第一個由專業中國音樂家組成的音樂團體。 樂團的第一次亮相， 是在溫哥華奧芬劇場舉行的加拿大總督專場音樂會上演出。 此後， 已在加美各地演出數百場。 樂團成員均受過高等音樂教育， 並有豐富的演奏經驗。 他們共同組成一支技藝精湛， 並具有嚴謹和嚴肅的專業精神及藝術態度的隊伍。 樂團的演出以各種組合進行， 樂器有二胡、笛子、琵琶、揚琴、箏和阮。
Meet The Ensemble
Vancouver Chinese Instrumental Music Society
In 1999, the Vancouver Chinese Instrumental Music Society was established to support the work of the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble, which was formed in 1989.
The Ensemble has worked with several Vancouver-based and international composers, including Rui Shi Zhuo, Mark Armanini, Janet Danielson, Nai Chung Kuan, Qing Hua Zheng, Jin Zhang, Lisa Miller, Kang Nian Tang, Michael O’Neill, Jon Siddall, Jacqueline Leggatt, John Oliver, Sammy Chien, Remy Siu and Alan Lau.
This versatile group embraces the popular and classical traditions of China as well as Western classical and contemporary music performed on Chinese instruments. The Ensemble has a broad repertoire encompassing traditional music from various regions of China, to adaptations of Canadian folk songs and other music.
In addition to self-produced concert presentations, the Ensemble has presented educational concerts and performed at local events including Vancouver New Music events, the Sonic Boom Festival, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and Chinese community celebrations, as well as in concerts and at music festivals across Canada and in the United States.
They have performed at festivals in Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Mission, and in concerts in Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton, Richmond Hill, Kitimat, Osoyoos and Kamloops. In the United States, the Ensemble has performed in Portland, Port Angeles and Seattle. The group has performed in schools across BC and has showcased at regional and national events including Pacific Contact, ArtScan and the Canada Council for the Arts’ Presence Conference.
They have released several albums through the years which can be heard here.After a reunion tour during covid we recorded a new album called Jazzmine Jazz that is available now for purchase.
Together with the Ensemble, the Society works to educate Canadian audiences about traditional Chinese music and contemporary music for Chinese instruments and/or based on Chinese music.