Meet Lipeng, an international student currently here on a work internship
TCO: How long have you been with the TCO?
L: Since late July in 2010.
TCO: What instrument do you play and how long have you been playing?
L: I play the dizi (Chinese bamboo flute). I have been playing since I was in grade 1, which was in 1993. It has been almost 17 years now.
TCO: How did you get started with this instrument?
L: My music teacher found that I could play the recorder pretty well, so she brought me to a professor from our local arts college who was also a flutist. He let me try some tests on following rhythm and melodies, and then he decided to teach me to play dizi. I remember my music journey started after my parents asked me if I wanted to learn this instrument, but I didn’t even know what a dizi looked like at that time… haha~~
TCO: What other instruments do you play?
L: I learned to play the saxophone when I was in high school for about 3 years. I can also play a little bit of erhu and guitar.
TCO: Other activities that you enjoy on spare time?
L: I love drawing very much and also like playing basketball and table tennis.
TCO: Anything you’d like to share with other TCO members and fans that come to the concerts?
L: TCO is the best. Everyone is very passionate about Chinese music. I am currently practicing hard to catch up. I hope I can perform with the orchestra soon and contribute to this great group.