Wu Jing, first blind flutist made her debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic New Blind flöjtist dirigeras med nålar under fotenTech Helps with Blind Chinese Musician’s PerformanceOrchestra on May 23rd, 2016! She did it with the help of Tactsense technology. “For the first time to experience music with conductor is beyond amazing,” said Jing after the concert. There are no words to describe the feeling of being able to “see” in music, to read conductor’s gesture under the foot, to feel the tempo, beats, time signature, and rhythm through the help of technology.
Stockholm City Cultural Department and the Swedish National Music Council (Musikverket) recently awarded the innovation project Tactsense, grants for the development of a unique technical platform for visually impaired musicians. Project members including Ric Wasserman, Wu Jing, Ellen Sundh, Runo Andersson, Jan Bengtson and Andreas Alin. The project and premiere concert are videodocumented and become part of a documentary film which follows blind professional flautist Wu Jing as she makes her debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The film will air on Swedish National Television in the fall of 2016, and will broadcast in France, China, Canada and Denmark..
After Wu Jing’s successful flute concert with flutist Jan Bengtson and Svenska Lyxorkester, radio Haninge interviewed her. You will hear about Jing’s life from China to the USA, then to Sweden, from a Paralympic runner to a solo flutist. This program is in Swedish.
Asia Calling presents Wu Jing’s story as a former Paralympic runner and current solo flutist`. ‘Anything is possible if you really want it badly enough’, says Wu Jing.
Jing Wu was born in Jiangsu, China. Fifteen month after her birth, she developed a tumor, retinoblastoma, which resulted in the loss of her eyesight. Jing truly loves music, and her ambition was to become an outstanding musician. At the age of ten,Jing began to study the Chinese bamboo flute and the western flute.From twelve years old,she joined the school orchestra and performed around Jiangsu province.Soon,the orchestra received the first prize at the Jiangsu provincial symphony orchestra competition.Three years later,Jing received first prize as a solo flutist at the Jiangsu instrumental competition and third prize at the China national instrumental competition.In 2004,Jing attended flute lesson with the current principal flute at the China National Symphony Orchestra and professor at the Central Conservatory of Music, Han Guoliang.Later,Jing studied in the United States of America with flute professor, Vanita Hall Jones.During her studies in the USA,Jing had solo performances in Washington DC,Atlanta,Rockville,Baltimore,New York,Boston,San Francisco,etc.Once again,she uses her music to light up people’s heart.Jing is currently a student of prestigious Swedish flutist, Jan Bengtson， current principal flutist at the Swedish Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Benny Andersson’s Orchestra and Swedish Luxurious Orchestra.
Jing dedicates her life to bring joy and love to people through music. As she said, “Music wakened my soul and lightened my heart.
It gave me inspiration and strength to live and overcome challenges.
Wish music brings you peace, joy and happiness!”