China’s booming orchestra scene

Posted on: May 14, 2012

In Friday’s (5/11) China Daily (Beijing), Mu Qian writes that China “has the world’s fastest-growing symphonic scene. It possesses the third-largest number of symphony orchestras, after the United States and Germany, China Symphony Development Foundation director Guo Shan says. The Association of Chinese Symphony Orchestras under the foundation has 58 member orchestras from around the country. More than 20 have started in the last decade, Guo says.… Beijing alone has at least 15 professional symphony orchestras, including such State-level orchestras as the China National Symphony Orchestra and the China Philharmonic Orchestra.… ‘There seems to be a kind of awakening in the enthusiasm to absorb the arts in China,’ Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra chief executive Michael MacLeod says.… MacLeod believes China has an advantage in music education since many parents provide opportunities for their children to study music. He also says the country can develop its own symphonic music through integrating Western classical and Chinese music. … MacLeod, who previously worked as general and artistic director of Glimmerglass Opera and executive director of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, believes international conductors are what China needs most to develop its symphonic music.”

Posted May 14, 2012