Ms. Xia Jing is a talented young guzheng performer from the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing. (The guzheng is a plucked zither with 18 or more strings and moveable bridges; ancestor of the Japanese koto). Ms. Xia is a Gold Medal winner of the “World Rising Star” competition in China. She won the Bronze Medal in the guzheng competition of the “Golden Bell Award,” which is the highest accolade for Chinese musical performance. In collaboration with the China Symphony Orchestra, she was invited to attend the Vienna New Year’s Concert. She has also been invited to numerous music festivals and has presented many solo performances in the U.S., New Zealand, Switzerland, Malaysia, South Korea and other countries. Ms. Xia is also an accomplished player of other ancient Chinese stringed instruments, including the guqin (seven-stringed zither) and se (also a plucked zither, but much rarer than the guzheng today). Ms. Xia will teach guzheng in the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona.