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Chen Yi


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There are two artists named Chen Yi:
1. Chen Yi (Chinese: 陈怡) is a Chinese composer
2. Chen Yi was allegedly a commune founded in 1978 by about 20 people from London and the surrounding area.

1. Chen Yi (陈怡; b. Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, 4 April 1953), a distinguished Chinese composer of East-West fusion classical music and also a violinist, became the first Chinese woman to receive a Master of Arts (M.A.) in music composition from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

Chen grew up in Guangzhou, China, into a talented family. Her parents were doctors and musicians; her mother played the piano, and her father the violin. Her older sister was a child prodigy, and even today her older sister and younger brother work as professional musicians in China.

Chen began studying piano at age three, studying Western composers such as Bach and Mozart. Once the Cultural Revolution began in 1966, Western influences were severely shunned and the arts were attacked. For ten years, education came to a halt and people were relocated to work in large communes in countryside. Her father and older sister were the first to be sent away, but she managed to hide in her hometown a while longer and continued to practice music with some impediments: she was forced to stuff a blanket inside her piano in order to dampen the sound, and play her violin with a mute. At age 15, she could hide no more. Party cadres searched her house, took her possessions, and dispersed the rest of her family to different locations to perform compulsory farm work.


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