Born in 1963 in Jiangsu province, Jiang Qihu
is a national first class artist in China and a leading member of the nation¡¯s
premier China Peking Opera Company.
Belonging to the Ye school (his teacher was Ye Shaolan), Jiang has performed
around the globe. He is most noted as an actor able to perfect both military and
scholarly roles, with a voice that is not only wide-ranging but also immensely
agile. Recipient of countless national and media accolades, in 1993, Jiang won
the Mei Lan Fang Gold Award and the Ministry of Culture honored him as one of
the nation¡¯s Leading Young Artists in 2000. Television documentaries have also
been made in China of his life and art.
Jiang is an international star of the highest caliber, having brought Peking
opera into the world of performing arts, crossing traditional boundaries with
the greatest ease. The revival of the classic Zhang Xie Zang Yuan (Zhang Xie the
scholar) from the southern Song dynasty, in which Jiang played the title role,
has been lauded as a true breakthrough in China, directed by the nation¡¯s
leading stage director Lin Zhaohua. Jiang is also a frequent collaborator with
Li Liuyi, another leading theatre director in Beijing, in Guo Wenjing¡¯s new
Peking opera Hua Mulan, which premiered at the Beijing Capital Theatre in late
Apart from popular leading roles in traditional repertoire such as Bai She
Zhuan (Legend of the White Snake) and Yu Tang Chun (Jade Pavilion), Jiang also
participated in an experimental play based on stories by Lu Xun. He also
performed a leading role in contemporary composer Guo Wenjing¡¯s Night Banquet,
which toured such illustrious festivals as Paris Autumn, Perth International
Arts Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, Berlin Festival, and Beijing Music
Festival between 2001 and 2003. He also played in Singapore director¡¯s Ong Keng
Sen¡¯s King Lear, which toured six countries.
Jiang made his debut at Amsterdam¡¯s Concertgebouw in the popular
Zaterdagmatinee series, in the world premiere of Guo Wenjing¡¯s Fengyiting
(Phoenix Pavilion) in March 2004. The world premiere was broadcast live on Dutch
radio. Jiang reprises his role in Fengyiting this May at the Cologne
Philharmonie, on the occasion of the Cologne Triennale.