15. September 2009 · Comments Off on Read Online · Categories: Read Online

“Western musicians visited China to find more young audiences at concert halls than in their countries, or they know some talented Chinese soloists, so they conclude classical music is popular in China. But it’s not true.”

Speaking from his experience as music director of three leading Chinese orchestras – China Philharmonic Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra – the 45-year-old argues classical music lacks a broad Chinese fan base.

“The fact that millions of kids learn piano or violin does not mean millions of people can really appreciate Mozart or Beethoven. Many students apply to the conservatory for reasons other than because they are interested in music,” he says.

“Parents send kids to study these instruments for various reasons, and music appreciation is a small part of it. The biggest reason is that the students who demonstrate musical gifts are more competitive in school, and some can get additional points on the national college entrance exam.”


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