Peter Tang

Peter Tang has been performing a range of Chinese music for more than 24 years. Born in Liaoning province, Shenyang City, in Northeast China, Peter began playing erhu in solo performance at the age of six. His father, Yubin Tang, the director of the Traditional Music Department in the Shenyang Music Conservatory, was Peter’s first teacher. Other teachers from the Conservatory whom he credits include Professor Junming Guo, with whom he studied at a middle school affiliated with the Shenyang Music Conservatory, and his Conservatory erhu professor, Mr. Wenjue Guan. Peter followed in his father’s footsteps, studying traditional music at the Conservatory, and specializing in erhu and gaohu. In 1985, Peter was recruited by the Central Singing and Dancing Ensemble from Beijing, with whom he performed widely. He won many prizes for his performances in China, and emigrated to the United States in 1998. Peter came to Philadelphia in 2000 and within a year had begun his Chinese music ensemble here. The group performs widely, at community events and in local schools. Peter recently received a Pew Fellowship in Folk and Traditional Arts.