Yazhi Guo, suona and Chinese percussion

Yazhi Guo playing the suona

Widely known as the best suona player in Asia, Guo was the winner of the 1998 International Pro Musicis Award, and the 2012 Hong Kong Award for Best Artist. Agraduate of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Guo invented the “Flexible Core of Suona” that solved the problem of suona playing complicated modulations and temporary inflexions, allowing it to play in orchestras, and significantly broadening the expressive force of the instrument. Guo performed at the official State Banquet in Beijing for visiting President Clinton in 1998, as well as on CCTV, and at several large-scale solo concerts titled Guo Yazhi’s Wind Music World: Legend of Suona to a sold-out audience at prestigious venues in China.

In 2012, Guo embarked upon a new journey to continue his musical career studying Jazz music at Berkeley in Boston. He is also contracted soloist with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (HKCO), and Chairman of the Hong Kong Suona Association.