Chi­nese mu­si­cians play at the top

Mak­ing the cut with the Chicago Sym­phony Or­ches­tra is a dream come true for the lucky few.

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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.

JIAN PING / FOR CHINA DAILY

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

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