STQI Toronto Downtown


Charity Concert

Neeraj Prem & Amely Zhou:  An Evening of Classical Indian-Chinese Fusion on July 19th

STQI Charity Benefit Concert in Support of Shaolin Luohan Temple

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STQI Charity Benefit Concert n Support of Shaolin Luohan Temple

STQI Charity Benefit Concert n Support of Shaolin Luohan Temple


STQI Toronto is pleased to announce its charity concert featuring leading Canadian artists Neeraj Prem and Amely Zhou.  The artists will be performing together in a rare classical fusion of sitar and er hu instruments, promising a tantalizing evening of sounds for the soul.

The concert will be held on July 19th at STQI Toronto 198 Spadina Avenue, and proceeds will go to support Shaolin Luohan Foundation.

Admission to the concert is FREE with registration.  Seating capacity is limited to the first 50 sign ups.   For all inquiries please contact us at 647-724-8004 or e-mail

Shaolin Luohan Foundation was founded in 2010 and is a registered Canadian charity that aims to help people become stronger mentally and physically through its 1,500 years of culture, wisdom, and arts of kung fu, qi gong, meditation, and Chan philosophy.

Neeraj Prem is often described as a painter of the Sitar, weaving musical images in the air with his dense, mystic and technically perfect playing.  The remarkably fresh music originating from the ‘canvas’ is attested to by his immense popularity among music lovers.  He is a composer who has mastered both classical techniques and adroit improvisation.  He has recently joined the cultural team at STQI downtown toronto school where he now offers sitar lessons.

Guru Neeraj’s debut musical album, Sounds of India, which was recorded in both India and Canada, has been one of the best sellers in the music community and has also been awarded Dofasco Hamilton Music Awards for special instrumentalist of the year, and best cultural recording of the year in 2004 and His latest Music album “A Black and White Christmas” won the same award in 2012. Guru Neeraj  has also been honored by the prestigious PANDIT NIKHIL BANERJEE MUSIC AWARD by Sangeet Bhawan (Lucknow) for the year 2005.

Experiencing a performance by the acclaimed Guru Neeraj Prem is a sensual sound bath, seducing your soul to remember your passions and secret yearnings.  His music captivates and takes you places unimagined in the soundscapes of today.

Amely Zhou is a talented yet humble Chinese-Canadian musician trained in both Eastern and Western traditions. Her mastery of the er hu and refinement in sound quality will no doubt touch your soul in the deepest sense.  In her relatively young career she has already produced er hu music for television broadcast, musical theatre production, and charity fundraising.  Amely is passionate about and dedicated to the promotion of erhu music in Canada and is currently teaching at the Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute downtown Toronto school.

Amely began her music studies at an early age at the Shenzhen Arts School. In 2005, she was recognized as one of the school’s most outstanding music students. In 2007, after her immigration to Canada, she joined the Toronto Chinese Orchestra, where she is currently the orchestra’s bow-string section assistant principal. She regularly performs with the orchestra, helping to promote Chinese orchestral music in Canada. In 2010, she co-founded the Chinese-Western fusion instrumental band “Spire.” Utilizing both Eastern and Western musical elements, she arranges music for the band and performs with the band on a regular basis. In 2010, Amely achieved a First Award at the Kiwanis Music Festival for her erhu solo performance. Amely also won the 2013 York University Concerto Competition, and performed with the York University Symphony Orchestra as an erhu soloist.

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