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Classical Music with Chinese Characteristics

While John Garnaut focuses on Xi Jinping’s former study group of “Second Generation Reds”, Sheila Melvin at ChinaFile looks at another gathering of China’s political elite: the short-lived Three Highs...

Wu Man: Tradition, on a Fresh Note

Pipa player Wu Man was recently recognized as Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America. The New York Times reviews her recent performance at Symphony Space: Newly named instrumentalist of the year by Musical America, which...

Yundi Li: ‘I Think I’m Not a Normal Artist’

The Independent profiles pianist Li Yundi, who has not taken the spotlight of his contemporary Lang Lang, but is equally admired in the classical music world: As the son of a steel worker in provincial Chongqing, Yundi Li was...

What Was Once Forbidden

In the Wall Street Journal, Ilaria Maria Sala profiles composers Guo Wenjing and Chen Qigang, who are being featured at Carnegie Hall with others of their generation as part of the Modern Voices: Class of 1978 festival. From the...

Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble Heads for the Proms

The Times interviews cellist Yo-Yo Ma about his Silk Road Project prior to a concert in London: But in Ma’s mind there’s a much deeper raison d’être for the Silk Road. He is acutely conscious of having personal roots in three...

The Met Grooms a Young Star

The Wall Street Journal profiles opera singer Shen Yang, who will have his debut with New York’s Metropolitan Opera next month after being discovered in China by world-renowned soprano Renee Fleming: Ms. Fleming calls...

Chicago to China: A Giddy Musical Exchange

The New York Times reports on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s first visit to China: Among the top orchestras in the United States, it has the most musicians born in China, according to Li-Kuo Chang, the orchestra’s...

China and the Philharmonic, in Harmony

The New York Times reports on the New York Philharmonic’s warm reception in Shanghai: The Philharmonic was making its debut appearance in Shanghai, and it was far more than a simple in-and-out pair of concerts. A local...

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