By Henry Williams.
The New York Philharmonic have just signed a four-year partnership with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Along with a two-week residency in China, they will also be involved in a training program starting in 2014. The New Yorkers were last in town in 2008.
The Philharmonic have a long history of being Sinophiles. In January, they hosted a Chinese New Year celebration in Manhattan.
The New York Times report goes on to discuss the development of classical music China, which has undergone something of a revolution in recent years.
Still, there is no question that China has produced a significant number of prominent composers and outstanding performers. The nation’s biggest star, the pianist Lang Lang, was the guest of honor at Tuesday’s concert, presented to a house packed with tuxedos, ball gowns, Mandarin jackets and television cameras.
Instrument makers are coming to China in force to take advantage of the new interest in classical music, as well as the discount labour force. Pro piano manufacturer Bechstein is expanding its brand to Chinese purchasers.
According to Germany’s Deutsche Welle, piano sales in China are increasing 20 percent year-on-year.