TSAR Teh-yun was born in 1905 in Huzhou, Zhejiang province and passed away on June 10, 2007 in Hong Kong. Her ancestral home was in Wuxing, Zhejiang province and she grew up in Shanghai. She was born with exceptional talent, nutured in a family of traditional learning, and having received formal education in literature, calligraphy and music early on in her life. In 1930’s, she learned the qin from SHEN Cao-nong. In 1950’s, she moved to Hong Kong and settled down. For half a century, she has dedicated her life and love to poetry, calligraphy and music and has single-handedly trained several generations of qin students, imparting to them not only the art of qin, but also her individualistic philosophy of life. In addition to playing the qin, she also played the xiao and sang kunqu. XU Wen-jing once hailed her as “Zen of Qin, an Immortal of Poetry, and the Mi Dian of Calligraphy”, and wrote poems in her honor. From 1960’s, she devoted her time to teaching and trained several generations of students. Despite her age, she still plays the qin with her characteristic style: ”Quick as a rabbit in flight; Limber as a dragon in water”. Her collection of qin scores with handcopied notation has been published in the Yinyinshi Qinpu (Guqin Repertory from the Yinyin Study).