I was drawn to the magnificent sound of the cello at five years old. Since then, I’ve spent countless hours studying the great works of renowned composers and listening to classical pieces. Classical music has had a tremendous impact on my life.
However, I always thought of classical music as western art. Most composers and musical legends from Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to Heifetz and Rostropovich were European. Yet, the emotions engrained in classical music are definitely universal.
Here is a list of Chinese musicians that are taken the classical world by storm and showing that it transcends ethnicity.
1 Yuja Wang
Wang’s fiery playing style, along with her expressive dresses and high heels has gathered international acclaim over the years. Her interpretation of Mozart's famous Turkish March has become very popular today.
2 Lang Lang
Lang Lang’s silky smooth playing style and virtuosity has been widely admired and praised. Here is Lang Lang’s marvelous performance of Tchaikovsky’s renowned Piano Concerto in B flat minor.
3 Jian Wang
Jian Wang is a cellist who has played a great role in the rise of Chinese musicians in classical music. His extraordinary fundamentals and deep, well-thought-out interpretations have been particularly impressionable. Jian Wang’s recording of the Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata has been one of the best I have ever listened to.
While classical music may have originated in Europe, Yuja Wang, Lang Lang, and Jian Wang are testaments that classical music transcends culture. They have sent a strong message that classical music is a universal language for everyone.