Shin-Yi Yang, who plays both guqin and guzheng, is the founder of the Boston Guzheng Ensemble and Boston Qin Society. She is the two-time winner of the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship given by the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Folk Arts and Heritage Program, the 2008 Chinese Culture Connection Award, and was once interviewed by the WGBH radio station's program called "Arts and Ideas".
Shin-Yi is a musician who enjoys both ethnic and contemporary music. As a well-known ethnic musician in the greater Boston area, she gives performances and lecture demonstrations in different colleges and halls such as Yale University, Boston University, New England Conservatory, Wellesley College, Paine Hall and Sanders Theatre at Harvard University, M.I.T. Kresge Auditorium and in a variety of museums. She also hosts guqin gatherings in Boston to promote traditional Chinese guqin music and culture. As a contemporary musician, she has given premieres of new compositions and has participated in various new projects with other contemporary artists. She has performed and toured with the IIIZ+ to France and performed at the 38e Rugissants Festival. She is also one of the artists of the Chinese Cultural Connection, a local organization that promotes Chinese culture.
A native of Taiwan, Shin-Yi has studied gu-zheng and gu-qin with several reputable masters, such as Wang Ruey-Yuh, Professor Liang, Tzay-Pyng and Professor Wang, Hai-Yan in Taiwan and Dr. Tong, Kin-Woon, and Hon, See-Wah in Hong Kong. Ms. Yang has graduated from the National Taiwan Academy of Arts (NTAA, now known as National Taiwan University of Arts), and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (APA). Ms. Yang became member (gu-zheng position) of the Keelung Municipal Chinese Orchestra at Keelung City after she graduated from APA.
Shin-Yi currently provides instructions at the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association (GBCCA) and the Huaxin School of Arts. She also gives private instructions to both instruments.