Li Xiangting is acknowledged as one the most important guqin
players of his generation and is a distinguished Professor
at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. Professor Li
started learning the guqin under the tutelage of Zha Fuxi
and Chinese painting from Pu Xuezhai and Pan Su in 1957. In
1958, he gained entry into the Central Conservatory of Music
to study guqin under Wu Jinglüe. He graduated in 1963,
began teaching, and has since taught many of the important
performers of the next generation of guqin players. In 1989,
he accepted a fellowship to Cambridge University, London,
to research guqin improvisation, and lectured on guqin and
dongxiao as a visiting fellow at the Music Department of the
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University
of London. He returned to China in 1994 and resumed teaching
at the Central Conservatory of Music. Currently, he is a Professor
at the Central Conservatory of Music, Vice-President of the
Beijing Guqin Research Association, a member of the Oriental
Artists' Association, a committee member of the China Musicians'
Association, executive member of the International Cultural
Exchange Center of China, senior advisor to the North America
Guqin Association, advisor to the Hezhan Qin Society of Taipei
and to the Guqin Society of Gaoxiong City.
1963, more than four hundred students from China and overseas
have studied guqin under Professor Li Xiangting. Besides performing
in China, Li Xiangting has also staged over fifty recitals
in many countries including the USA, England, Germany, Japan,
Australia, Holland, Switzerland, Finland, Austria, Italy,
Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and New Zealand. He has also
lectured at various universities. The recital he held in 1982
at the Oriental Music Festival in Durham, England was the
first of its kind in the history of the guqin. Another recital
he gave in 1992 at the De Laville Theatre in Paris, with a
seating capacity of 1000, attracted a full house, making it
the largest ever attendance for a guqin recital. The radio
and television stations of China and the radio stations of
England and France have broadcast a number of programs featuring
his guqin music. He has also recorded and arranged solo guqin
music for a number of films and television dramas, including
"The Emperor's Shadow", "An Appreciative Audience"
and "Zhuge Liang". He was involved in the musical
arrangement for the art education film "Qin" and
the television Drama "The Courtship of the Phoenix".
Li Xiangting's major written works include "A Brief Introduction
to the Art of Guqin Music", "The Artistry of Zha
Fuxi's Performances on the Guqin", "The Artistry
of Wu Jinglüe's Performances on the Guqin", "Discussion
on Who was the Author of the 'Qin Cao'", "An Outline
for Research into Improvisation in Guqin Performance"
and the poem "Self- mocking" in old and new literary
forms. He has written an article entitled "Qin"
for the in the Encyclopedia of China and published the book
"Aesthetics and Musical Ideology in Guqin Performance
during the Tang Dynasty" in Taipei.
Li's guqin compositions include "Boat Song of the Three
Gorges" and "Building a Road in the Wind and Snow
". He has recorded more than ten albums including "
the Art of Li Xiangting's Guqin Performance", a number
of cassettes and video tapes published by the China Record
Companies and the French National Radio Record Company, former
West Berlin, New Zealand, USA, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He took
part in the annual exhibition of the Chinese Art House in
1988 and held a solo art exhibition at the University of London
in 1989. In 1991, he gave speeches on "the Dot and Line
Aesthetics of Chinese Painting and Guqin Music" at the
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His biography
is in the "Directory of Chinese Artists and the Celebrities
of Who's Who of Contemporary Chinese Artists".
Li released his first guqin instructional video CD in 2000.
In November 1994, Professor Li Xiangting received the "Outstanding
Ethnic Artists of Writings and Paintings Award " granted
by the Chinese Artists' Association and the Chinese Authors'
Association. His guqin album " the Glow of Sunset and
Flowing Water" won the Golden Tripod Award in Taipei.
In 2002, the special program about his guqin improvisation
by the China National Radio Station won the Best Production
Award at the Shanghai International Music Festival.