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15-year Old Cellist Releases Her New Album
   2015-11-23 09:18:27    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xu

15-year old musician Ouyang Nana plays cello at a ceremony held in Beijing on November 18, 2015, where she signed with the Universal Music Company. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com]

Anchor: 15-year old cellist Ouyang Nana, who comes from Taipei and has starred in the Chinese romance film "Beijing Love Story," has recently released her debut album "Fifteen."

Xu Fei has more.


Reporter: Ouyang Nana first came to the public's attention when she starred in "Beijing Love Story."

In last year's film, she played Liu Xingyang, a young and talented cellist. Ouyang Nana recalls how the film made her better known as a cellist.

"Viewers have inquired whether I was playing cello in the movie or if part was actually played by a stand-in cellist. In fact, since eight years old, I have dreamed that I could be an outstanding cellist, to share beautiful cello melodies with others."

With an ideal of bringing happiness to audiences through music, Ouyang Nana has won many competitions, including 1st place in cello and 2nd place in piano at the Wenhua Taiwan Cup Music Competition.

At the age of 13, Ouyang Nana went to the United States to attend the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with renowned cellists Peter Wiley and Carter Brey.

Despite the rich on-stage performance experiences she has; Ouyang Nana admits recording an album of cello music posed a big challenge for her.

"Recording a disc in the studio is a fresh thing for me. I had imagined recording would consume energies equivalent to holding several concerts a day. However, the fact is, I feel like I held 50 concerts on that recording day. It was a big challenge for me to finish recording 16 melodies within three days. As I was playing cello, I had to be so meticulous about every detail to ensure a good quality."

Ouyang Nana is from an artistic family. Her dad Ouyang Lung (W) is a veteran actor-turned program producer, while her mother Fu Juan is an actress.

Her aunt Ouyang Feifei is a Chinese pop singer, who began her singing career in the early 1970s. Her masterpieces include a song named "Grateful Heart" or Gan En De Xin in Chinese, which made her very popular not only in Taiwan but also on the Chinese mainland before going to Japan.

But, Ouyang Nana is the first cellist from her family. And her devotion to recording her debut album led to the formation of calluses on her hands, which the young cellist described as a great honor for her as a musician.

After signing with the Universal Music Company, Ouyang Nana says she'll continue to advance her pursuit of music.

For Studio Plus, I'm Xu Fei.

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