Wu Man: The tale of the pied pipa

By Elizabeth Kerr In Classical

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21st February, 2013
When Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man was told by Musical America she was to be named 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year, she was disbelieving. “Did you guys make a mistake?” she thought. The list of previous winners of the prestigious prize includes Yo-Yo Ma, Midori Goto, Joshua Bell and Evelyn Glennie. Wu is the first non-Western musician to receive the accolade. Accepting the award, she said, “My dream is to bring this instrument out of its traditional role, to make it part of the 21st-century musical family, not just in China but in the world.” The pipa, a four-stringed ...

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