Bei Bei (Bei Bei He) is one of the world’s premier Guzheng artists. The Guzheng is over 2,000 years old and belongs to the asian long zither family, and was used in both folk and court music in ancient China. Bei Bei fell in love with the large 21-stringed instrument at first sight, and began playing at age seven. She received her professional musical training at the Central University of Nationalities in Beijing, China and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Hong Kong. She also studied Jazz music and improvisation at Fullerton College in California. Bei Bei roots her art in classical music and expands into other styles, combining new with old into creative new expressions. This is heard especially in her collaborations with musicians from different genres such as funk, jazz, pop, electronica, hip-hop, and dance.
The music community has embraced Bei Bei and she has won many national and international awards. In 2011, she and her music were included in the American college textbook “World Music” by Michael Bakan. In 2015, she was featured as one of “The Most Fascinating People of Los Angeles” by LA Weekly Magazine. As a studio musician, she recorded for T.V. shows, movies and video games including The Sci-fi Channel’s hit show “Battlestar Galactica”, award-winning video game score for “Revelation” (天谕). As a composer, her work includes music for the China Central TV documentary series “Dun Huang”, Chinese movie “Copycat”, and a web promo video for Canon.
She released her debut album “Quiet Your Mind And Listen” in 2006 and her collaborative album “Heart of China” (Universal Music), with Richard Horowtiz, in 2008. In 2009 Bei Bei started collaborating with England’s prolific producer / musician Shawn Lee. The team has released two albums- “Into The Wind” (Ubiquity Records) in 2010, and “Year of The Funky” (Légère Recordings) in 2017.
Bei Bei’s live performance projects include The Bei Bei Ensemble – a contemporary fusion band, Vivid China Ensemble – a traditional Chinese music ensemble, as well as a fusion duo with guitarist Jon Monter. She has performed at a number of notable venues such as the Barclay Theater (Irvine), The Grove (West Hollywood), The Carpenter Theater (Cal State Long Beach), National Arts Center of Ottowa, Amoeba Records (Hollywood), Union Station (Los Angeles), Sergerstrom Center for the Arts (Costa Mesa), Knitting Factory (Hollywood), Illinois Wesleyan University, Gustavus Adolphus College, Cal State San Macros, UCLA, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Bowers Museum (Santa Ana), Shanghai National Convention Center, The Popoli Pop Cult Festival in Italy, and the MGM Grand Garden Arena (Las Vegas). She was also featured as a guest soloist performing with UC Irvine Symphony orchestra, UCLA Game Music Ensemble and the Pacific Symphony.
As a dedicated educator and author, she has published two books “Guzheng Sessions”and “Bei Bei’s Easiest Guzheng Course”. Bei Bei is the director of her own music school – Lotus Bud Guzheng Academy in Irvine, California.
Recently Bei Bei’s music and performances have crossed over to commercial work featured on screen and internet platforms. In the summer of 2017, Bei Bei performed as Guzheng master in a major international ad campaign for a top telecommunication company.
In the winter of 2018 Bei Bei was cast in the Geico Renters Insurance commercial “Soothing Sounds At The Office”. Also in early 2019 She landed a role in the Taco Bell “Go-Getters” national ad campaign. These commercial roles allowed her to become a member of SAG-AFTRA.
Bei Bei has introduced American and International audiences to the Guzheng with high acclaim. She says her greatest reward is when her passion for the instrument and the beauty of her music touch people across the world.