Dr. Lunlun Zou

Lunlun Zou belongs to world’s leading guzheng artists. Her professional and creative focus includes music composition, performance, teaching and promotion of Chinese music. She is the director and member of the 3 Girls’ Band.

Lunlun was born in a family with four generations-long tradition of guzheng virtuosity. She started playing guzheng at age 2 and undertook serious music studies at age 7 when she entered the Preparatory at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music. At age 18 she begun music studies at the Shenyang Conservatory, where she was taught by masters Zhao Yuzhai, Cao Zheng, Lu Diansheng and Zhang Jinxia. Four years later she graduated with highest honours.
In 1991 she was appointed as a guzheng soloist in the Liaoning Dance Troupe. In 1995 she moved to New Zealand where she was teaching guzheng and performing. In 1997 she was invited by the New Zealand’s Governor General to perform for the opening ceremony of the Asian Arts Festival at the Governor’s House. In 1999 she performed for China’s President Jiang Zemin during his visit in Sydney and in 2004 for the Chief Executive of Macau Edmund Ho.

She is most admired for her distinctive, free-spirited and cheerful performing style. Lunlun Zou has performed on the stages of some of the world’s best regarded concert halls, including Vienna, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, San Francisco and the Sydney Opera. She has performed for world’s leading political and business dignitaries, including China’s President Jiang Zemin, Australian Prime Minister John Howard and New Zealand Prime Minister Jenny Shipley.
Lunlun has been performing in public since very young age and often took part in competitions of Chinese traditional music, won many prizes and awards. While living in Australia, Lunlun established a Chinese traditional band 3 Girls’ Band which has since been performing throughout Australia and Hong Kong, including the Sydney Opera House, while focusing on Chinese classical as well as contemporary compositions.

She plucks strings not only with her hands, but also with her heart, passionately and gracefully, with ease and confidence. Her effortless play carries a charge of joy, which is very infectious to everyone in the audience. Because of her love for music, Lunlun strives passionately to promote rich Chinese and Asian cultural heritage inside and outside China.

Prof. Jessica Yuen

Ms Jessica Yuen is an experienced music educator & concert performer who has a deep passion for music and music education. She dedicated herself to contribute to music education with young children since teaching her first piano student at age 15 and has worked with over 1500 students throughout her music education career.

Born in Hong Kong, Jessica’s parents had to work hard to provide for the family with 3 kids. Given the choice between learning piano and buying new toys, at age 6, Jessica chose to learn piano with the goal in mind to learn to play one of his dad’s favourite songs as a thank you gift for him. Ever since then, Jessica practiced piano daily to perfect her skills.At age 13, Jessica and her family immigrated to Canada and eventually settled themselves in the beautiful city of Calgary. Upon completing her Royal conservatory Grade 8 exam, Jessica continued her Grade 10 & ARCT piano studies with Mr. Edwin Gnandt from Ambrose University and later started the violin with Mr. Ben Neumman from the Mount Royal Conservatory during her high school year. Her love of music continued to grow as she started learning violin in 1996, guzheng in 2004, and harp in 2008.

As a lifelong learner, Jessica obtained her Bachelor of Sociology degree concentrating in crime and deviance in 2004. Later in 2011, she completed her Master of Business Administration concentrating on business leadership, and is currently studying Doctorate of Business Administration concentrating in Education Business research, both of which are with the University of Liverpool, UK. She is also working on her Post- graduated certificate in Violin Pedagogy with the University of Chichester, UK currently.

Jessica started teaching her first piano student since 1995 through private lessons. She also started her piano accompaniment performance since 1994 with choir, violinist, trumpeters & vocalists. Through word of mouth, she soon was driving all over the city to work with piano students of all ages and grades. In 2006, Jessica started her first piano studio, Viva Musica, Academy of Music and Arts in Silver Springs to share her passion for the arts with more students. She and her team of music teachers offer private piano, violin, guitar, harp, voice, and art lessons of all levels. As a certified Music for Young Children teacher, Jessica also offers parented group piano lessons to students from pre-schoolers to teenagers. Students are able to continue in a group-class setting all the way to Royal Conservatory Grade 7, using her uniquely designed curriculum. She is a Royal Conservatory certified teacher – Advanced specialist in Piano and Theory. Later in 2015, Jessica became a certified Early Childhood Montessori teacher and started Viva Musica at a second location in Royal Oak, expanding her music education programs by offering pre-school music programs with Montessori approach and music programs for babies and toddlers (Baby Playdate Musica).

Beside her career in Canada, she was appointed the Professor of Music Pedagogy – Western Music from International Academy for Musical Arts, Hong Kong, in 2017.

In addition to her involvement in music education, Jessica is also an international concert Pianist and Guzhengist. As an active music performer, Jessica had produced and performed Piano, Guzheng and Voice at the Resonated String: A Guzheng & Harp Concert in Calgary, along with world renowned Guzheng Master Dr Lunlun Zou. at MRU Bella Concert Hall, July 24, 2016. Vice –consul General Gao Zhen Ting presented his greetings at the concert as well as Mayor Naheed Nenshi sent in his video greetings for the concert. Jessica was also the Fusion Piano & Guzheng performer at the Enmax Butterfly Conservatory, 6 weeks long lantern event Illuminasia at the Calgary Zoo in the Fall 2016. World renowned Guzheng artist, Dr Lun Lun Zou, along with Master Erhuist Guo Gan invited Jessica as their piano accompanist for their Japan concert tour, Beau Soir Japan 2016. Attendees of the concert tour included former Japanese Prime Minister Mr & Mrs Yukio Hatoyama, Chinese Ambassador Mr & Mrs Cheng Yonghua, as well as different media group such as CCTV Beijing China, Tazhou Zhoukan, people.cn, news.cn, the mirror.com.cn, etc.
Attendees of the concert tour included former Japanese Prime Minister Mr & Mrs Yukio Hatoyama, Chinese Ambassador Mr & Mrs Cheng Yonghua, as well as different media group such as CCTV Beijing China, Tazhou Zhoukan, people.cn, news.cn, the mirror.com.cn, etc.

Coming up for 2017, Jessica will be travelling for numerous music performance events, such as adjudication in Music Festival in Hong Kong, Concert Tour in Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan, etc. Her personal musician website: jessicayuen.ca or www.facebook.ca/musicajessica
Her academy website is vivamusicastudio.ca

With her love of music and passion for music education and international music performance, Jessica strives to continue providing excellent music education programs and music inspiration to her students and sets high expectations for them by reflecting and being inspired from her experience as a pianist, violinist, guzhengist and a lifelong learner.

Her connection between her research in Business Administration and Music Education benefit the community. Her role as a scholar-practitioner in music allows her to share her analytical thinking to her parents and students everyday in the music classes. She actively shares her passion for Music and Business with her Academy teachers, parents and students at our Music Academy.

Yogi Lau

Lunlun Zou belongs to world’s leading guzheng artists. Her professional and creative focus includes music composition, performance, teaching and promotion of Chinese music. She is the director and member of the 3 Girls’ Band.

Lunlun was born in a family with four generations-long tradition of guzheng virtuosity. She started playing guzheng at age 2 and undertook serious music studies at age 7 when she entered the Preparatory at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music. At age 18 she begun music studies at the Shenyang Conservatory, where she was taught by masters Zhao Yuzhai, Cao Zheng, Lu Diansheng and Zhang Jinxia. Four years later she graduated with highest honours.
In 1991 she was appointed as a guzheng soloist in the Liaoning Dance Troupe. In 1995 she moved to New Zealand where she was teaching guzheng and performing. In 1997 she was invited by the New Zealand’s Governor General to perform for the opening ceremony of the Asian Arts Festival at the Governor’s House. In 1999 she performed for China’s President Jiang Zemin during his visit in Sydney and in 2004 for the Chief Executive of Macau Edmund Ho.

She is most admired for her distinctive, free-spirited and cheerful performing style. Lunlun Zou has performed on the stages of some of the world’s best regarded concert halls, including Vienna, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, San Francisco and the Sydney Opera. She has performed for world’s leading political and business dignitaries, including China’s President Jiang Zemin, Australian Prime Minister John Howard and New Zealand Prime Minister Jenny Shipley.
Lunlun has been performing in public since very young age and often took part in competitions of Chinese traditional music, won many prizes and awards. While living in Australia, Lunlun established a Chinese traditional band 3 Girls’ Band which has since been performing throughout Australia and Hong Kong, including the Sydney Opera House, while focusing on Chinese classical as well as contemporary compositions.

She plucks strings not only with her hands, but also with her heart, passionately and gracefully, with ease and confidence. Her effortless play carries a charge of joy, which is very infectious to everyone in the audience. Because of her love for music, Lunlun strives passionately to promote rich Chinese and Asian cultural heritage inside and outside China.