China International Musical Instrument Expo ends in Bengbu
The China International Musical Instrument Expo was held at the Ancient Residence Expo Park in Bengbu, Anhui Province from Saturday to Sunday. Chambers of commerce, ambassadors and representatives from over 30 countries participated in this event.
Under the theme of sharing cultural prosperity and business interests, a series of forums, exhibitions, trade fairs and other activities were organized. Several sophisticated and delicate instruments were displayed at this Expo. Owned by the Central Conservatory Of Music (CCOM), the instruments played in the opening ceremony are valueless with over 5,000 years of history.
The highlight of the ceremony is a grand piano specially customized for China by Steinway in series D. The piano is red, a metaphor of China’s dream, which is the only red piano made by Steinway. The specially made piano came to Bengbu, and was first played by a Chinese pianist at the beginning of the Expo and is now kept in the Ancient Residence Expo Park. In the exhibition opened on December 1, countries along the Belt and Road initiative, such as Azerbaijan, brought their instruments such as Mukam, Tal and Kamancheh, showing the enthusiasm of their musicians and their exclusive national culture.
A series of classical violins from Western countries including Rocca (1851, Italy) and a violin made by Stradivarius in 1713 were on exhibit as well, most of which are valued at over hundreds of millions of dollars. The trade and culture forums were held at the same time, mainly focusing on respecting the diversity of world cultures and civilizations, contemporary cultural innovation and traditional cultural inheritance, the community of relic protection and humanity, which are relative practical and positive discussion topics.
Through the connection between Bengbu and the world, the musical instrument Expo has become a brand new cultural industry for this city. It aims to improve the development of instrument trade and cross-cultural communication through instrument performance, concert experience, forum communication and cultural innovation. After this session of the Expo, the construction of the National Cultural Experience Hall and the National Culture and Art Exhibition Centers of Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and some other countries are under consideration in China’s Ancient Residence Expo Park. The Embassy of Spain, the Embassy of Lithuania and the Embassy of Iran expressed the same willingness as well.
“The ‘Bright moon rises upon the Lake in Quite Ancient Residence’ Expo Park is one of the distinctive cultural symbols of Bengbu,” said Wangcheng, Mayor of Bengbu at the opening ceremony. “We bear in mind that the musical instrument Expo will invoke inspiration of musicians overseas and at home. And through the communications between different cultures and thoughts, we can see fruitful achievements in trade and cultural sectors,” he added.
Top: Guests unveil the specially customized piano for China at the opening ceremony of the China International Musical Instrument Expo in Bengbu.Right: Zhao Jiazhen, a Chinese musician plays guqin during the Expo.