UA Classical Guitar Program is Among World's Best. Acclaimed by many as the top classical guitar program in the country, the UA's Bolton Guitar Studies Program offers students from all over the world a home and opens doors to a distinguished future in music. Among the artists performing in SaddleBrooke will be Jing Xia, a talented young guzheng performer, and Bin Hu, a classical guitar soloist and chamber musician.
Jing Xia (Master of Art from China Conservatory of Music) is the gold medal winner of the “World Rising Star” competition, and she was awarded the Bronze Prize of the “Golden Bell Award,” the highest recognition in Chinese music. Collaborating with many famous chamber and symphonic orchestras, as well as traditional Chinese instrument ensembles, she has performed on the stages of many countries in Asia, Europe, America, and Oceania. Rooted in the culture of traditional music for many years, she is also devoted to exploring new music, techniques, idiom, sounds, genres, music literature, cultures and other aspects of perception. Xia Jing’s playing style of the guzheng is calm and subtle, yet very powerful and emotional. She pursues the true nature of music and makes her listeners feel the beauty of heaven and earth, love of life, and the light of humanity.
Bin Hu began classical guitar lessons at age 11 with Zhiwei Li, a pioneer and founder of the first classical guitar school in China. He then studied privately in Beijing with Jiajiong Li of the Central Conservatory of Music. His undergraduate studies were with Heiki Mätlik at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn. He then went to Salzburg to study with Marco Tamayo at the Universität Mozarteum, where he obtained his Master of Arts degree with distinction. He is currently completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Arizona with Professor Tom Patterson. Within the framework of his studies, Hu also took part in master classes taught by Sérgio and Odair Assad, David Russell and Ricardo Gallén, among others. Bin Hu has performed in Austria, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, the Philippines, Spain and the USA. As a scholar, he has been invited to several musical institutes in China to present a variety of topics regarding Baroque performance practice. His scholarly activities and interpretations of Bach’s music culminated in winning the 2016 David Russell Bach Prize.