Haiqiong Deng, a performer on the traditional Chinese instrument the zheng (or gu--zheng).
She was the recipient of the 2017 Florida Cultural Heritage Award, the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in 2013, the Master Artist of the Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Award in 2012, and the winner of the Outstanding Performance Prize at the Chinese National zheng Competition in Shanghai 1995.
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. Her numerous performances are 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: Concerto 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 Fertilization: the Composition of Michael Sidney Timpson (Capstone Records 2008); and Oriental Landscapes: Evelyn Glennie with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (BIS 2002).
World music traditions are also a constant inspiration to Haiqiong's music. She has expended her musical expression through the collaboration with the 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 is with
the guitarist Dr. Carlos Odria in improvisation. It results a CD project TIKA, an album expressing the love of Florida nature in 2013. Haiqiong's composition, Layered Fantasy: for Indonesian Gamelan and Chinese Zheng, first-time-in-history unites these two music traditions. It was premiered on March 28, 2014 at the Florida State University.
In addition to the zheng music, Haiqiong is also excelled at playing the qin (gu-qin). Learned from masters Gong Yi and Lin Youren, the qin has always been a key element for her inner cultivation of mind. She together with Dr. 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 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.
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 PhD
in Musicology at the Florida State University.