The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Graduate Student
Wan Yeung began playing the pipa (a Chinese lute) at the age of 12 while growing up in his native in Hong Kong. In addition to being the Hong Kong champion of Student Chinese Instrumentalists in 2006 and Student Pipa Soloists in 2007, he won a gold medal at the 2010 International Chinese Instrument Competition. In addition to focusing on traditional Chinese music, particularly Cantonese music, Yeung is also well versed in contemporary and experimental music where he combines Chinese sounds with Western music. Yeung has developed a following in the American Asian community and often performs at major events where a Chinese lute soloist is requested. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance from the University of California, Irvine, and a Master of Arts degree in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. He is currently a doctoral student at UCLA.