The Er-Hu is is a Chinese two-stringed bowed musical instrument, more specifically a spike fiddle, which may also be called a Southern Fiddle, and is sometimes known in the Western world as the Chinese violin or a Chinese two-stringed. It is used as a solo instrument as well as in small ensembles and large orchestras. It is the most popular of the huqin family of traditional bowed string instruments used by various ethnic groups of China. As a very versatile instrument, the erhu is used in both traditional and contemporary music arrangements, such as pop, rock and jazz.
Chin-Wen Deng earned a B.A. at Soochow University in Taipei, Taiwan and an M.M. at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Ms. Deng’s teaching experience includes a Department Assistantship as a part-time lecturer at the Mason Gross School of the Arts Music Department. Her professional performances include a Masters Degree Recital at Rutgers University and a senior recital at Soochow University in Taiwan. Ms. Deng plays the double bass and the Er-Hu (the Chinese violin) in addition to the piano. She has performed at the National Concert Hall and other locations with the orchestras of her high school and college (double bass section) in Taiwan. She also performed with the Chinese orchestras of her elementary and middle schools as an Er-hu player through various concerts in Taiwan as well as on a concert tour in Singapore and Hong-Kong.