In 1996, she was sent to the USA by the Chinese Government to attend the International Youth Peace Camp as a Chinese Culture Ambassador. Her performance in the event was well received by the foreign friends.
In 1997 she 2nd at the Australian International Accordion Championships in Sydney and was also placed at the South Pacific International Accordion Championships in Auckland. See photograph with teacher Prof. Li Wei Ming.
In 1998 Lian was the top graduate student from Fujian Normal University as a piano and accordion teacher.
In 1999, Lian was the guest artist at the South Pacific Accordion Championships and Festival, and received the Rose Bowl Award for the best classical performance of the weekend.
Lian married famous New Zealand accordion entertainer Maurice Jones in June and now lives and teaches piano and accordion in Auckland. Lian also works for the Accordion Worldwide internet site and is the Liaison Officer for the NZAA for Chinese language teachers and contestants.
Lian has been invited to perform in Queensland Australia and also the USA in the next 12 months.
News Items about recent performances in New Zealand
Accordionist in the Auckland Town Hall 29th August. The 1999 Talented Young Chinese Performers Concert was held in the Auckland Town Hall. This concert was orgaznized by Chinese Lifeline Auckland, as a fundraiser. There were 9 performers, most of them from Taiwan and Hong Kong, now living in Auckland. The youngest player was only 8 years old, the oldest on was 21 years old. They performed violin, piano, accordion, cello, flute solos and Chinese traditional music on the instrument Erhu.
Lian Jones (nee Huang Ling Ling) was invited to play the accordion solo on the concert. She played Weber's "Konzerstuck in F moinor", and her teachers', (the famous Chinese accordion professor Li Wei Ming), composition "The Song of Time". There were over 1000 people in the audience and the accordion solos were very well received. To many of the people in the audience, this was the first time they had heard the accordion in concert.
New Zealand Premier for "Concert Waltz" with Accordion and String Orchestra. On Saturday night, 11th September, there was a big concert organised by the Auckland Taiwanese Presbyterian Church 35 member Formosa String Orchestra in Auckland. This concert featured the premiere New Zealand performance of "Concert Waltz" for solo accordion and string orchestra, conducted by Victor Fu, soloist Lian Jones. Concert Waltz was composed by famous New Zealand composer and orchestra conductor Gary Daverne ONZM, especially for well known accordionist Kevin Friedrich and a string quartet.
The Saturday night performance, attended by Gary Daverne, was the first time this work had been performed with a full string orchestra. The performance was very enthusiastically received by the capacity audience of over 600, and received tremendous applause. Gary Daverne, who has composed many works for the accordion, was the first to congratulate Lian after her performance. The concert was also repeated a week later.
Ms Lian Jones
Phone: +64 9-486-0708