One of China’s most celebrated tenors of recent decades, Guimin Guan was among the first artists to be named a “National First-Class Performer” by China’s Ministry of Culture, and later honored by the Foreign Ministry as an “Outstanding Professional and Contributor.” He has recorded soundtracks for over 50 movies and television shows, and is the recipient of numerous accolades. Upon joining Shen Yun Performing Arts, Guan began studying under Shen Yun’s Artistic Director, learning the world’s most traditional form of bel canto.
Known for her formidable and emotive voice, Haolan Geng won the gold medal at the First Music Competition of the Guangdong Arts Festival in 2007. A graduate of the Guangzhou Conservatory of Music, she earned critical acclaim for her 2008 graduation recital. She later went on to star with the Guangdong Opera Company, and gained international attention in 2009 upon winning first prize in New Tang Dynasty Television’s International Chinese Vocal Competition.
Tian Ge is the Gold Prize winner of the All-China Music Competition (2004), the winner of the Northern California Olympic Arts Festival Vocal Competition (1998), recipient of the Best Musician Award from Armstrong Atlantic State University (1999), and second-place winner in New Tang Dynasty Television’s 2008 and 2010 International Chinese Vocal Competitions. He is a former member of Opera San Jose, and sang lead roles in operas such as Madama Butterfly and Rigoletto.
Qu Yue performed in New Tang Dynasty Television’s 2006 and 2007 Global Chinese New Year Gala. He won Honorable Mention in the bel canto male division of New Tang Dynasty Television’s First International Chinese Vocal Competition in 2007.
Min Jiang has had a flourishing career that began at age 17, when she was selected to perform professionally as a featured soloist with the Heilongjiang Province Arts Troupe. She has received coaching in both Chinese folk singing and Western vocal methods from many accomplished voice teachers, and has been an adjudicator for the New Tang Dynasty Television International Chinese Vocal Competitions since their inception in 2007. Since joining Shen Yun Performing Arts, she has given over 1,300 performances on many of the world’s great stages.
Rachael Yu Ming Bastick
Rachael Yu Ming Bastick began the study of both music and dance at age 5, and continued studying both in her later years in the United States. She studied classical Chinese dance at Fei Tian Academy of the Arts and later pursued advanced studies in vocal performance at Fei Tian College, both in New York. She won first place in New Tang Dynasty Television’s 2010 International Classical Chinese Dance Competition, after winning third place in the same competition in 2009.
Yuan Ling’s singing talent was discovered at age 14 during a vocal competition in China. She first studied at the secondary school of China’s Central Conservatory of Music as a voice major and, later, the Opera Division of the college program. She is the gold medalist of the 2010 Castel Sant’Angelo International Singing Competition (Italy), and winner of China’s 2011 Nationwide Colleges of the Arts National Opera Competition.
Xiaochun Qi is a graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 1991, she received the Performer’s Award at the 14th “Spring of Shanghai” International Erhu Competition. From 2004 to 2006 she performed in New Tang Dynasty Television’s annual Chinese New Year productions. Since joining Shen Yun Performing Arts in 2006, she has performed to tremendous acclaim while touring with the company.
Lu Sun served as principal erhuist of the Jilin Province Ji Theatre orchestra for seven years, touring China and Japan. She gave solo performances in China’s major cities before joining Shen Yun Performing Arts in 2014.