Weishan Liu (劉維姍) is a guzheng master performer, composer and educator. Life and career edit: Investigation of potential copyright issue, , Do not restore or edit the blanked content on this page until the issue is resolved by an administrator, copyright clerk or OTRS agent. If you have just labeled this page as a potential copyright issue, please follow the instructions for filing at the bottom of the box. The previous content of this page has been identified as posing a potential copyright issue, as a copy or modification of the text from the source(s) below, and is now listed on Wikipedia:Copyright problems (listing): http://www.guzheng.org/Text/weishanliu.htm (Duplication Detector report), , Unless the copyright status of the text on this page is clarified, it may be deleted one week after the time of its listing., Temporarily, the original posting is still accessible for viewing in the page history. Can you help resolve this issue? 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Her breakthrough came at the 1974 Chinese national traditional music competition where, playing her original composition The Magnificent Bronze Gorge, she won first prizes in both the composition and performance categories. She went on to become the top guzheng soloist at the Central Song and Dance Ensemble of China, making recordings and performing and touring with them, as well as often performing for visiting heads of state. Liu moved to the United States in 1982 and continued performing her unique style of guzheng music. She has performed with the Chinese Orchestras of Berkeley and Los Angeles, as well as with the Bay Area Women's Philharmonic Orchestra, the Palo Alto Philharmonic Orchestra, and she has performed composer Chen Yi's modern compositions with the ensemble Earplay. She was a pioneer in the teaching of guzheng overseas. Over the past two decades she has trained well over a thousand students, many of whom have become professional performers and teachers themselves. She also founded the San Francisco Guzheng Music Society to promote the music of the guzheng and traditional Chinese music and culture. This organization conducts many community concerts and educational programs, including an annual concert in San Francisco with a different theme every year, and it frequently invites Chinese and Western musicians to showcase their talents. In 1988, Liu made her first solo guzheng recording, The Magnificent Bronze Gorge, featuring the title song, her signature composition. She also recorded an ensemble album with the Dun Huang Music Ensemble in 1994 titled High Moon. She made three more ensemble recordings in 1994 for the Wind Record Company: Masterpieces of Chinese Songs of the 30s, Masterpieces of Chinese Folksongs, and Masterpieces of Chinese Traditional Music. She has participated in other recordings as well. Liu has also lent her expertise to recording soundtracks for films such as Thousand Pieces of Gold, Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom, Dim Sum, Eat A Bowl of Tea, Five Chinese Brothers, The Round Eyes in the Twentieth Century, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, and Motherland. In 2005, she recorded an arrangement of some of the Thousand Pieces of Gold themes with pianist George Winston for the album Cinema: A Windham Hill Collection. Liu has toured the United States as well as more than 20 countries. She has recently started extensively recording her solo repertoire and new solo arrangements and compositions. Her second solo CD, Morning Bell, was released in April 2006. Her latest CD, Great Ocean, was recorded in 2007 by Fred Kurz in the beautiful Basilique Saint-Sernin de Toulouse and Abbaye Sainte Marie du Desert in southern France.
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