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Award-winning, multi-woodwind player Yazhi Guo returns to Berklee with a fresh and fashionable program of a dozen newly written pieces. The mainstream pop/world-music sound this program offers will be an exciting experiment of traditional Chinese music culture mixed with Western contemporary music. The songs from this program will also be featured in Guo's next solo album. The concert will feature internationally acclaimed artists Yun Huang, Utar Artun, and more.
Widely known as the best suona player in Asia, Guo was the winner of the 1998 International Pro Musicis Award, and the 2012 Hong Kong Award for Best Artist. A graduate of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Guo invented the “Flexible Core of Suona” that solved the problem of suona playing complicated modulations and temporary inflexions, allowing it to play in orchestras, and significantly broadening the expressive force of the instrument. Guo performed at the official State Banquet in Beijing for visiting President Clinton in 1998, as well as on CCTV, and at several large-scale solo concerts titled Guo Yazhi’s Wind Music World: Legend of Suona to a sold-out audience at prestigious venues in China.
In 2012, Guo embarked upon a new journey to continue his musical career. He is studying jazz at Berklee. Since his arrival, Guo has performed with the Planet MicroJam Institute at the Berklee Performance Center for the Frank Withey Memorial Scholarship Foundation.