Guan Guimin is an award-winning operatic tenor who rose to fame in China in the 1980s before eventually moving to the United States. His style integrates Italian Bel canto with Chinese vocal methods, and has been described as having a pure, bright tone.
Guan was born in 1946 in Changzhi, Shanxi province to a family of vegetable farmers. In 1983, he completed graduate studies in Chinese music and opera, and then began performing with the China Conservatory's experimental orchestra. He was named a national first class performer by China's Ministry of Culture, was received by future President Hu Jintao, and went on to record songs for dozens of films and television shows in China. In 1996, after suffering from Hepatitis B for several years, Guan began practicing the meditation form Falun Dafa, which he credited with improving his health. He moved to the United States the same year. Guan has performed internationally as a solo tenor with Shen Yun Performing Arts since 2006.