Wu Ziying is a master of the guqin 古琴 (Chinese
seven-string zither) and pipa 琵琶 (Chinese fourstring
lute). He studied with the 20th-century’s
foremost Chinese masters of these instruments.
Of particular influence on him were the great
guqin players: Wang Jiru 王吉儒,Wu Jinglue 吳景
略, Zha Fuxi 查阜西, Sun Zongpeng 孫宗彭, Xu
Lisun 徐立蓀, and Gu Meigeng 顧梅羹.
Wu Ziying was a professor of traditional
Chinese music at Shanghai Normal University
and the Director of the Shanghai Qin Association.
From 2001-3, he was a Visiting Artist in Ethnomusicology
at the School of Music, University of
Washington. He was a 2006 recipient of the Jack
Straw Artist Residency in Music. Wu Ziying
resides in the Seattle area where he teaches,
performs, and repair instruments.
He performs on a guqin crafted some time
during the 12th or 13th century called the
“Perfectly Harmonized Jade and Pearl Qin” 璧合
珠聯. It is an instrument renowned for its sweet,
yet sonorous tone.