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Clarinet alumni Benjamin Lulich, Tianyu Zhang win orchestra appointments

lulich_benjaminYSM alumnus Benjamin Lulich was recently appointed acting principal clarinet of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. His first performances with the orchestra will be in September, under the baton of music director Franz Welser-Most.

“I am very happy to perform with The Cleveland Orchestra this coming season,” Lulich wrote in a statement. “I grew up listening to recordings of [the orchestra], and I attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, so it is a dream come true.” MORE

Published July 30, 2015
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Playing From the Heart

China Hands, The Huffington Post Blog
By Michelle Peters

In recent years, there has been a revival in interest in classical music in China that is aiming to shake China’s traditional emphasis on technical superiority and instead emphasize emotion.

Chu Yi-bing, a world-renowned cellist who founded the China Cello Philharmonic, an all-cello chamber ensemble, recalled that as early as eleven that his music, however technically sharp, was missing a deeper spirit. “I realized that although I could play the notes better than the German music students, they could tell the historical context and emotional narratives that formed the basis of these notes.” Born into a musical family (both his parents were professors at the Central Conservatory of Music), Chu studied at the Paris Conservatory and went on to become the principal cellist of the Basel Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland.

According to Chen Xi, a violinist who attended the Yale School of Music, “whereas in the U.S., teachers care about your personality of interpretation, in China, we care about technique more.” These differences, according to Chu, can be attributed to deeper cultural distinctions. “Traditional Chinese culture advocates that we do not tell anybody what we are thinking in our hearts,” says Chu. “Our culture has told us not to share our feelings and emotions with strangers.” MORE

Published March 14, 2014
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