Haiqiong Deng, a performer on the traditional Chinese instrument the zheng (or gu--zheng), was the winner of the Outstanding Performance Prize at the Chinese National zheng Competition in Shanghai 1995. She was the recipient of the 2017 Florida Cultural Heritage Award, the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in 2013, and the Master Artist of the Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Award in 2012. Both her CDs, "Mountain, Water, Sentiments - Traditional Chinese Zheng Masterpieces Performance by Haiqiong Deng" and "Echoes of Strings - Classical Indian Music by Sitar and Zheng" were nominated for the 13th Annual Independent Music Awards in "World Traditional" Category in 2014.
She made her professional début in Beijing in 1997. Since that time she has developed an international reputation as zheng soloist and chamber musician with numerous performances throughout China, Canada, Japan, Singapore and the North America. She has performed with Music From China (New York City), Third Angle Ensemble (Portland, OR), Orchid Ensemble (Vancouver), Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Singapore City Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and attended various music festivals as well as given numerous performances and lectures at universities, museums, and national/regional conferences in North America. Her Carnegie Hall début recital in 2003 included two world premieres: Dots, Lines, Convergence by Chihchun Chi-sun Lee, a concerto for zheng and chamber ensemble commissioned by the Harvard Fromm Foundation, and CRUSH, a duo for zheng and soprano saxophone by Michael Sidney Timpson.
Haiqiong is active in promoting new music for the zheng. Composers she has been worked with include: Chihchun Chi-sun Lee, Michael Sidney Timpson, Zhou Long, Chen Yi, Ye Xiaogang, Moshe Denburg, Mark Armanini, and Cristian Marina. The released CDs include: ?Concerti for Strings with Percussion Orchestra-McCormick Percussion Group? (Ravello Records 2012); ?Life Death Tears Dream? with Orchid Ensemble (2012); ?Elegance? ? Music of Chihchun Chi-sun Lee, Glorious Pantheons, Chiayi, Taiwan, 2008 (nominated for Golden Melody in Taiwan 2009); ?Tales From the Cave,? with Music from China (Delos International 2004); ?Cross-cultural Collisions, Reinventions, and Fertilizations?: the Composition of Michael Sidney Timpson (Capstone Records 2008); ?Oriental Landscapes,? Evelyn Glennie with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (BIS 2002);
Haiqiong expends her musical expressions through her collaboration with Indian sitarist, Nalini Vinayak. It leads to the release of the first in-history CD that consist Chinese zheng, Indian sitar and tabla on classical Indian Music: ?Stringing Echoes? ? Classical Indian Music by Sitar and Chinese Zheng (nominated for the 13th Annual Independent Music Awards in "World Traditional Song" category) by Trible Records in 2011. Another collaboration with the guitarist Carlos Odria in improvisation will lead to their first project ?T?IKA?, an album of expressing the love of Florida nature in 2013. Her new composition "Layered Fantasy - for Indonesian Gamelan and Chinese Zheng" (Dedicated to Dr. Michael Bakan) first-time-in-history put these two music traditions together and had its world premiere on March 28, 2014 at Florida State University.
Haiqiong has always been passionate about promoting traditional Chinese music and culture. Her solo albums on traditional music include ?Mountain, Water, Sentiment ? Traditional Chinese Zheng Masterpieces Performed by Haiqiong Deng? in United States 2013 (nominated for the 13th Annual Independent Music Award in "World Traditional Album" Catrgory), ?Ning ? Chinese Zheng Solo by Haiqiong Deng? (2003), and ?Zheng Qin? ? Guzheng Trio Masterpieces (2006) by the Celebrity Music Pte. Ltd. in Singapore.
Haiqiong is the featured zheng artist in the chapter on Chinese music included in the widely used textbook World Music: Traditions and Transformations (McGraw-Hill, 2007), by Michael B. Bakan, Professor and Head of Ethnomusicology and World Music at Florida State University. In addition to extensive coverage of her music, life, and career in the text itself, she is also featured on four of the tracks included on the book's accompanying 3-CD set by Sony BMG Music Entertainment and on the online Musical Guided Tour for the chapter.
In addition to the zheng music, Haiqiong is also excelled at playing the music of the qin (gu-qin). Learned from master Gong Yi and Lin Youren, the qin has always been a key tool for her cultivation of mind. She together with the artist Nan Liu created the group "Echoes of Nature" to promote traditional Chinese music, Chinese calligraphy and painting. The group had done numerous lectures, live demonstrations, and stage performances at museums, universities, K-12 schools, and festivals.
Haiqiong received her Bachelor of Music degree in zheng performance from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Ethnomusicology from the Florida State University College of Music. She is currently the Director of the Chinese Music Ensemble at the Florida State University and pursuing Ph.D in Musicology at the Florida State University.