Pilgrim With an Oboe, Citizen of the World – Daniel J. Wakin
From the New York Times, the third in a series examining classical music and musicians from China:
It is an extraordinary place to be for a young man who just a little more than a decade ago was playing his oboe in a practice room in Beijing. But Mr. Wang’s hiring was also a clarion example of the strides musicians from China have made in the realm of Western classical music. They have become a powerful presence as soloists, orchestra members and conservatory students.
Immigrants ” Russians, Japanese and Koreans ” have long filled out orchestral string sections and excelled as pianists. But Chinese musicians have to a large extent broken out of those areas, lending their talents to woodwinds, brass and percussion instruments as well, despite the generally lower quality of teaching of those instruments in China. [Full text]
– Listen to clips of Mr. Wang playing on his MySpace page.