Cao Xiaoxia: Music And The Children Of The Stars

Cao Xiaoxia has been blessed with prodigious musical talent, but she doesn’t just use it for her own greater glory. She has made a name for herself organizing and leading amateur orchestras, both in China after reform and opening-up, and also in Japan.


Now she and her father have taken on a new kind of challenge: leading an orchestra full of autistic children, affectionately referred to in China as “children of the stars”. What initially started as a way to give parents a break grew into something more when she realized that the children showed a real aptitude for music.