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Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Profile: Violinist Fiona Zheng

Fiona Zheng is a violinist with the New York-based Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra. Zheng was born in China and began playing the violin when she was 5 years old.

She made her debut at Carnegie Hall in 2015 and received considerable praise for her performance of Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), a piece by Spanish composer Pablo de Sarasate, with Milen Nachev conducting.

Fiona Zheng, Violin Soloist sounds with sincerity and heart. (Image via Shen Yun)

Fiona Zheng, a solo violinist who plays with sincerity and heart. (Image via Shen Yun)

Zigeunerweisen is based on themes of the Roma people, and soloist Zheng connects with this feeling, as her family, like the Roma, had to move around China to avoid persecution. Sadly, Zheng lost her brother, mother, and grandmother to torture and persecution at the hands of Chinese authorities (their deaths were just over 2 weeks apart).

Her family practices Falun Dafa, a spiritual practice based on meditation and slow-moving exercises, which follows the principles Truth, Compassion, and Tolerance. In 1999, Jiang Zemin, the then-leader of the Chinese Communist Party, issued orders to eradicate Falun Dafa from Chinese society. The persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners continues today.

Conductor Milen Nachev engages violin soloist Fiona Zheng. (Image via Shen Yun)

Conductor Milen Nachev engages violin soloist Fiona Zheng. (Image via Shen Yun)

In a Q&A session on the Shen Yun website, Fiona Zheng discussed her interpretation of Pablo de Sarasate’s classic, Zigeunerweisen:

Zheng believes the secret to her development as a musician comes from her desire to improve her character:

Violin Soloist Fiona Zheng and conductor Milen Nachev from the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra. (Image via Shen Yun YouTube/Screenshot)

Soloist Fiona Zheng and conductor Milen Nachev with the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra. (Image via Shen Yun Offical Account YouTube/Screenshot)

The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra, combining both Eastern and Western instruments, plays Chinese and Western compositions, resulting in the perfect harmony of classical music of both East and West. Their music can also be heard while touring with Shen Yun Performing Arts.

Shen Yun Performing Arts is currently touring worldwide.

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