meet the Directors

Luzhen Qiu

Art Director

Luzhen Qiu is a Chinese American artist living in Metro Detroit. She was born in 1971 in Hangzhou, China. She graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit with a MFA degree. Having 28 years of art teaching experience, Luzhen has taught art classes at The Art & Design and  Technical College of China Academy of Art, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, and Paint Creek Center for the Art in Michigan… Her students have won enormous art awards and scholarships. 

 Luzhen’s artworks have been displayed in various galleries including but not limited to the Kresge headquarter office in Troy. Form gallery in the Cranbrook Art Museum, MI; Detroit artist market; Detroit Music Hall, Lansing Gallery; High Art Gallery in Traverse City; An Arbor Art Center; Eastern Michigan University Gallery in Ypsilanti; Museum of New Art in Michigan; Touch stone gallery in DC; Farmington Museum in New Mexico…

Her work has earned her a host of awards including the first place of “2004 Art Environmental Activism” show (nine states including Ontario art jury show); the first place of the 2005 Canton art show, MI; the second place of the “2016 Silver medal Exhibition” in  Scarab club in Detroit MI; the third place of “ 2003 The Annual All Media Exhibition” in Ann Arbor Art Center in MI… She is the recipient of the  artist grants for Vermont artist residencies…   In the past, Luzhen also had her solo shows at Rochester, MI, Three River, MI, Huntington Woods,  MI. Her works have been in public and private art collections both in the United States and abroad.

Xiao Dong Wei

Music Director

Xiao Dong Wei studied music at age 5 with her father. At age 11, she was accepted into the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing that year, ten years later, she earned her degree becoming a ‘Master of the Erhu’. During the 10 years study at the conservatory, she studied piano with Ms. Gu Jia Lin, and guqin with master Xiang Ting, later also studied guzheng and pipa.

After receiving numerous performance based awards, she gained official notoriety by touring with the Chinese Motion Picture Orchestra for four years before deciding to move to the United States in 2005.

Xiao Dong was the founding member of an alternative chamber music trio “Wei” which comprised of a bluegrass guitarist, a mandolin player, and Xiao Dong on erhu. During that time she used her classical repertoire and progressive jass influences as a foundation to explore her own inner creativity. Shortly afterward, she teamed up with new bandmates and formed ‘XD Wei’, releasing her full-length album, String Theory.

Since 2007, Xiao Dong continues to influences the sounds of modern music with her band, ‘Madame XD’. The band released an electrified fusion of pop and rock with their EP Black Silk. Xiao Dong writes and co-writes most of the original material for the band and sings in English and Mandarin.

Xiao Dong has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR) and as a guest soloist with orchestras including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Southern Great lake Orchestra etc. Her music continues to cross international borders by being heard on radio stations throughout the United States, Australia, and Europe.

in 2012, The Kresge Arts Foundation of Detroit awarded Xiao Dong with the laurels of the Kresge Artist Fellowship – an unrestricted grant used to empower exceptionally gifted individuals with the resources to further their creative visions.

Xiao Dong have been teaching Chinese music ensemble class at the University of Michigan for 9 years.