Tuesday, April 12, 2011

From Tan Dun to Dingding

This afternoon I took part in a press conference for the Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition which will take place at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. It will be the first time that the Competition has been held outside Europe. Menuhin visited China three times and was the first Western musician to receive an Honorary Professorship in China in 1979. A short video at half-speed got the event off to a false if amusing start (it sounded like a promo for a Cello Competition) then lots of speeches and some Q&A. And all for an event which will take place a year from now. The CCM has some well-known alumni including film soundtrack supremo Tan Dun and world music artist Sa Dingding (right) who by chance I was listening to this morning on my way to work.

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