琥珀四重奏 AMBER QUARTET
室内乐 Chamber ensembles
Fangliang Ning (First Violin)
Yajing Su (Second Violin)
Wang Qi (Viola)
Yichen Yang (Cello)
Over the years of its performing career, the Amber Quartet, who represents the highest standard of China Chamber Music, has had concert appearances internationally, leaving footsteps in concert halls throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, and China. They were interviewed by numerous medias worldwide, such as the flagship music magazine "The Strad", Xinhua News Agency, China National Radio, Australia ABC Radio, Australia SBS Radio, Spain National Radio, Spain Euro-Chinese Times, Beijing News, Guangzhou Daily, and Music Times.
In 2013, The Amber Quartet received three major awards in the quadrennial ASIA-PACIFIC Chamber Music Competition held in Melbourne, Australia, including Grand prize, first prize string quartets, and best interpretation and performance of post 1993 work. Those awards made them the first ever Chinese chamber group who have crowned a professional chamber music competition. They were also the silver medalist in Chinese Golden Bell Music Competition (2012) and winner of the Central Conservatory Chamber Music Competition (2011). In 2013, The Amber Quartet became the first chamber group to be government-sponsored to study abroad, under the guidance of Professor Günter Pichler, the first violinist from Alban Berg Quartet, in the Instituto Internacional de Música de Cámara at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia de Madrid, Spain. The Quartet graduated successfully with honor and distinguished achievements in 2015.
In the summer of 2015, the Amber Quartet received an invitation from Andre Roy, the artistic director at McGill International String Quartet Academy. The quartet became the first chamber group from China in the history of this prestigious music academy, which only invites up to four chamber ensembles with great musicality and reputation in the music world each year. The quartet presented a successful performance and was highly acclaimed by the audience and critics.
The Amber Quartet was founded in China Central Conservatory of Music in 2005. The quartet studied under Professor Yun Chen and Professor Bing Yu from Central Conservatory of Music, and Professor Günter Pichler from Alban Berg Quartet in Spain. The Amber Quartet was also coached by a number of world renowned chamber artists including Gerhard Schulz, Valentin Erben, Michael Tree, Harald Schoneweg, Wolfgang Jahn, Hanxiang Gong, etc.