Traditional Chinese music has been increasingly enjoyed, admired and even played by foreign musicians and audiences, and the exchanges in the field have already developed to a deeper level, Liu Yuening, professor of the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) and a member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), said on Saturday.
Liu made the remarks at the “Members’ Corridor” opened during the Chinese Two Sessions season.
While taking the reporter’s question about musical exchanges between China and foreign countries, Liu said that the CCOM has been devoted in the introducing Chinese instruments and music to the international audiences in the past few years.
CCOM has been teaching foreign musicians and enthusiasts to play Chinese instruments, such as the yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer), the Xiao (Chinese vertical flute), and the Guqin among others.
“Over the past five years, we have already trained more than 200 teachers and students from foreign schools of music of 13 countries, and they have been spreading the Chinese music in their countries as well,” said Liu, adding that she believes there are an increasing number of foreign audiences that have now got a good knowledge of Chinese music.
China’s famous cross-talk artist Feng Gong also talked about how poverty alleviation efforts have taken place in culture, citing his own experiences of performing during a tour around the country. He said that he was deeply touched by the people living in the rural areas who are passionate about culture and art.
“People needs art and vice versa. It is only by rooting deeply into the daily life of the people can the artists create good and realistic works that meet their expectations,” said Feng.