24 Aug Music Stage: Juni Yeung (QIN) and Donald Quan (GUZHENG) (10:00-10:45)
Juni L. Yeung, BA(Hons.)(Toronto), MA(CUHK), Chinese name Yang Junli, courtesy name Xueting, is the founder of the Toronto Guqin Society, and is one of the founding members of the Toronto Hanfu movement in 2006, and has been dedicated to the teaching and linking of the guqin and its players since 2005.
Han Chinese Clothing Scholar – Juni is a PhD candidate at the Department of History, University of Toronto studying the phenomenon of Han Chinese Clothing Revival Movement. She has since 2008 posted research essays and articles through the Toronto Guqin Society’s website, and is currently one of the most authoritative English sources on the subject matter online.
Guqin Player and Teacher – Taking an interest in Chinese culture from computer games and books at a young age, she is deeply immersed in the arts of Guqin, Go, brush calligraphy, and is an amateur to Chinese tea culture and divination using the Yijing (I Ching). Juni’s musical background originated from the piano and woodwinds, but had a fascination for learning the Guqin since Grade 2. She started the guqin through self-study in 2003, where she mastered the instrument without a teacher, and made a public debut in the 2005 Kiwanis Music Festival’s Non-Western plucked strings open section, where she took gold prize. She has performed locally and worldwide, including Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche 2007 as a panel display with Yvonne Ng and Tiger Princess Dance Projects.
After the establishment of University of Toronto Guqin Association, she visited players of the Fanchuan, Mei’an, and Sichuan schools, particularly receiving instruction by Zeng Chengwei of the Sichuan Music Conservatory in 2009. In the following year, she published Standards of the Guqin under TQS.
Donald Quan – Born in Toronto and schooled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Quan was the recipient of the Joe Venuti scholarship for stringed instrument performance. After Quan left college, he ventured into pop/rock music with the Canadian rock band Lighthouse and played with them for three years.
In 1988 Quan joined the Canadian rock group Eye Eye as a keyboardist and violist. He also performed as a multi-instrumentalist with the performance artist Meryn Cadell, the Celtic-rock band Enter the Haggis, alt-rock band Cliché Verre and Juno nominated Afro-Canadian pop ensemble Kaleefah.
Quan collapsed on Saturday, August 8, 2009 playing keyboards with Derek Miller in Kitchener, Ontario for the Kitchener Bluesfest when he collapsed onstage. He was later said to be in stable condition.
Since 2007 Donald Quan’s music shop of musical instrument curiosities MUSIDEUM has become known as a premiere concert venue for all genres of music from all over the world