"Since her arrival here in 1996, she has expanded her instrument's possibilities as an element for contemporary composers and as a voice within the landscapes of jazz and free improvisation.” - The Wall Street Journal
"Min has taken her ancient Chinese string instrument into the future." - Village Voice
“Min Xiao-Fen, is a pipa player like no other.” – New York Times
Pipa player, singer and composer Min Xiao-Fen was born in the ancient capital of Nanjing, China. She has become internationally known for her virtuosity and fluid playing style on the pipa, whether performing classical music or in an avant-garde or improvised settings.
Min began her career as a soloist with the Nanjing Traditional Music Orchestra by winning the Jiangsu national pipa competition and eventually become considered a first class artist in China.
Since she moved to the United States in 1992, she has been a featured soloist with the Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Macao Orchestra, Third Angle New Music Ensemble and many others. Min has performed at the Lincoln Center Festival, New York Guitar Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Utrecht International Lute Festival, Geneva Music Festival, TUM Festival in Finland, Macao Arts Festival, Shanghai Spring International Music Festival, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Great Mountains International Music Festival in Korea and Festivalgerie 2010 and 2011. She has performed with and premiered the work of such noted composers as Randy Weston, John Zorn, Derek Bailey, Tan Dun, Wadada Leo Smith, Jane Ira Bloom, Philip Glass and sound & visual artist Christian Marclay, and many others. She made an appearance on Björk’s album, Volta, and later performed as Björk’s special guest at Madison Square Garden, the Apollo Theater and Radio City Music Hall in New York.
As a composer, Min received a commission in 2007 for "Return of the Dragon" from The Kitchen, followed by a performance with her Asian Trio. She was a featured composer and solo performer in "Blue Pipa" for the American Composers Orchestra's Composer Out Front series. Her "Ghost Masks" was commissioned and performed by Min–Wu–Xu at the Glatt & Verkehrt Festival in Krems in 2008, "Dim Sum" was premiered and performed at Interpretations in 2010, the Undead Jazzfest 2011, in 2012 at WQXR-FM New York Public Radio and her full-length version of “Dim Sum” with percussionist Satoshi Takeishi was premiered December 15, 2012 at The Stone (John Zorn’s venue). Min was a curator at The Stone and Museum of Chinese in America in New York. She is the founder of Blue Pipa, Inc. and currently lives in New York City.