The Future of Classical Music (Is) in Asia
Drinks reception: 6:30 pm
Panel discussion: 7:00 pm
The term "classical music" encompasses a broad period beginning from roughly the 11th century to the present time. What is happening now to this art form, which is deeply rooted in Western culture? During an era when exchanges between East and West are frequent on all fronts, where is classical music going, in Asia and abroad? Panelists will share their outlook on classical music development for Asia, and beyond. Hear from experts in the trade who may change the way you appreciate and think of “classical music” in the future.
Violinist Cho-Liang Lin is lauded the world over for the eloquence of his playing and for the superb musicianship that marks his performances. In a concert career spanning the globe for 30 years, he is equally at home with orchestra, in recital, and playing chamber music as he is in a teaching studio. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Lin has also been the Music Director of La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest since 2001. Cho-Liang Lin’s extensive discography has won such awards as Gramophone’s Record of the Year, as well as two Grammy Award nominations. In 2000, Musical America named Mr. Lin its Instrumentalist of the Year. He is currently a professor of violin at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. He plays the 1715 “Titian” Stradivarius.
Pei-Yao Wang is currently a member of Chamber Music Society Two at Lincoln Center, a program that helps promote emerging young artists. She made her official orchestral début with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra at the age of eight, and has since performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. In chamber music, she has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Orion, Chicago, Mendelssohn and Miro quartets, and has performed with other distinguished artists such as Claude Frank, Hilary Hahn, David Shifrin, and Mitsuko Uchida. She is also regularly invited to perform at festivals including Marlboro, Caramoor, Norfolk, La Jolla, Ravinia, and Bridgehampton in New York.
Sa Chen was the Crystal prize winner of the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and was hailed as “a brilliant pianist” by the great pianist Emmanuel Ax. She has been delighting audiences in European countries, China, Japan and the United States.
Ken Smith (moderator) is the Asian performing arts critic for the Financial Times.