Chinese musicians play at the top
Making the cut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is a dream come true for the lucky few.
just about the best techniques, but also performance and musicianship.”
Other string musicians from the Chinese mainland at CSO include violinists Sando Shia, Ni Mei, Rong-Yan Tang, Yuanqing Yu and violist Weijing Wang.
Moss said the Chinese musicians were “great citizens of the orchestra.”
“They are all very talented, responsible, and dedicated,” she said.
Violist Chang, 66, who has been with CSO for 27 years, teaches at various institutions, including Northwestern University and the Peabody Institute.
“I very much enjoy seeing my young students succeed,” said Chang.
The Hou sisters formed their “Lincoln String Quartet” shortly after they joined CSO and continue to perform chamber music.
Between their orchestra rehearsals and performances that often amount to four times a week and their chamber music performances, they are busy all the time.
“I love it,” Qing said. “We also love CSO tours. We play at amazing concert halls around the world. Sometimes watching the audiences appreciate the music we are playing brings tears to our eyes.”
CSO toured in China in 2009 and 2013. “It was wonderful going back to China to perform,” said Qing.
Lei said it meant so much seeing her former classmates and teachers in the audience.
CSO will tour China again in January 2016, staging two concerts at the Oriental Art Center in Shanghai and two at the National Center of Performing Arts in Beijing.
Sisters Qing Hou (left) and Lei Hou at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s hall say they used to play in separate orchestras but now enjoy being together. Qing Hou, violinist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra