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I was curious about Chenyin's experiences at the Beijing Conservatoire.
Snatched from her parents at the age of eight and then, for a whole decade,
only returning home briefly, twice a year, her fellow music students became
like a family.
She thinks that much in Beijing was copied from the Conservatoire system
in Russia, with its boarding school system and training from a very early
age. 'The Conservatoire gave very good training for technique and early
finger work, but somehow the students didn't get the chance to know more
music -- they'd been told to concentrate practice on their own pieces.'
'For true development of musicianship, you need to open up and experience
everything related to music, such as other forms of Art. I found that aspect
lacking, and I think this is why a lot of talented young Chinese musicians,
after achieving a certain standard, go to the West to further their studies.
That's why I've ended up here.'
'Many young Chinese pianists have achieved international standard, like
Yun-di Li, who's only eighteen and just won the last Chopin International
Competition. Lang Lang is another new one who studied and achieved considerable
success in the States, and another -- Sa Chen -- a good friend of mine. They're
all marvellous young pianists.'
Copyright © 14 February 2002
Keith Bramich, London, UK
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