Yi is a renowned Guqin soloist and a first class performer with the
Shanghai Chinese Orchestra. He is currently chairman of the Jinyu
Qin Society, a committee member of the Chinese Traditional Orchestral
Society and of the Shanghai Music Association, adviser to the Shanghai
Arts Education Committee and Consultant to the North American Guqin
Born in Jiangsu
Province, Gong Yi first performed on stage at the age of fifteen.
He had a reputation as "a young guqin performer". 1n 1957, he entered
the secondary school affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
to further his study of the guqin. He studied under the tutelage of
masters Zhang Zhengyin, Xia Yifeng, Zhang Ziqian, Gu Meigeng, Liu
Jingshao, Wu Zhenping and Xu Lisun. He studied different styles of
composition and performance from different masters, thus enriching
Gong Yi pays great
attention to change of timbre and tone quality, and is meticulous
about fingering. He strives to perfect his rendition of each piece
by developing his own style. Gong Yi has recorded more than ten CDs
and cassettes. As part of an effort to develop and promote Guqin music,
Gong Yi and Zhou Cheng Long have used ensembles, orchestras and percussion
as accompaniment for the guqin. These works have been well received.
Since the late
seventies, Gong Yi has been a guest lecturer at the Shanghai Conservatory
of Music. He is skilled in teaching guqin and writing teaching materials.
He has many students from overseas countries, contributing tremendously
to the promotion of guqin music.
Gong Yi has performed
in Australia, New Zealand, America, Canada, England, Singapore, Hong
Kong and Taiwan as well as throughout China. Besides performing, Gong
Yi also has studied, researched and compiled materials on guqin music.
He has written more than thirty papers and numerous books, and has
reconstructed more than twenty pieces of early guqin music.
In addition to
collating historical works, Gong Yi is also active as a composer.
He colaborated with Xu Guo Hua to compose "Mei Yuan Yin" ("Song of
the Plum Garden"). This composition won the Composing and Performing
Award from the Shanghai Ministry of Culture. Another, "Chun Feng"
("Spring Breeze") has also won wide acclaim in performances both within
China and overseas.
Gong Yi received
the Shanghai Arts Award in 1984-1985. He has won the Shanghai Festival
of Spring Performing Awards on numerous occasions; his video "Guqin
Rumen" ("An Introduction to Guqin Music") won the 1995 International
Broadcasting Arts Festival Golden Bell Award.