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Mindy Meng Wang 王萌 is a versatile Chinese/Australian Composer and world leading contemporary Guzheng Performing Artist. She is a pioneer to bring the Guzheng (ancient Chinese harp) into many western genres such as experimental, Jazz, western classical, Electronic, pop and improvisation.
In the UK, she collaborated with many high-profile artists like Gorillaz and frequently performed in many significant venues like O2 Arena and Barbican Centre in London among others, she also performed regularly in festivals in Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and France.
In Australia, Mindy performs regularly in many events, festivals and top venues including the Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, Adelaide, OzAsia, Mona Foma, Dark Mofo, TEDx Sydney, AsiaTOPA festivals. Her collaborators include Regurgitator, Tim Shiel, Paul Grabowsky and Deborah Cheetham, AAO, Orchestra Victoria, SSO, MSO among others.
Mindy has won many national and international music awards in the past. Recently, she received Sidney Myer Fellowship 2022, nominated as the finalist at Melbourne Prize for Music, and she won “the Best Musician” of Music Victoria Awards, “Australian Asian Leadership Awards “and “the 40 Under 40: Most Influential Asian-Australian Awards”. Mindy is also the artist in resident at Melbourne Recital Centre this year as the first ever musician who plays a non-western instrument.
Her work explores the fertile space between traditional and contemporary practices, and is part of a significant movement of Chinese musicians redefining and reinvigorating their musical tradition. She is a strong voice for young female composers and artists of Chinese heritage on global stage.