Ruan Guo Xuan

Percussion Director

Ruan Guo Xuan was born in Taishan Guangdong. He loves music, drama, calligraphy and painting. Beginning in 1973, he followed his uncle Dongshen Yan to learn the techniques of percussion. Later, he studied under the masters of Zeng Juyuan and Yang Yaohai. When he was at school, he often participated in the performance of the extracurricular drama class, and became the percussion director of the school orchestra. After graduating from high school in 1977, it coincided with the rejuvenation of Guangdong Cantonese Opera. He became the percussion director of the Guangzhou Yuexiu Art Troupe, the Guangdong Shunde Cantonese Opera Group, and the Ganjiangmen Cantonese Opera Troupe. In 1985, 阮国旋 was offered and accepted the position of percussion master of “Guangzhou Yangcheng Cantonese Opera Troupe”. In 1992, he immigrated to Toronto and became the percussion master of many Cantonese opera organizations. In 2002, Mr. Ruan founded Guo Xuan Ya Ji Music Society in Toronto. His goal is to develop and promote Cantonese opera. Over the years, Mr. Ruan has been invited to participate in the performances with various Cantonese opera organizations as percussion master in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal. Mr. Ruan has contributed tremendously towards the development, promotion and preservation of Cantonese opera in Canada. In 2013, Mr. Ruan became the Percussion Director of the Vancouver Cantonese Opera.

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