Classical Music Flourishes Where It Was Once Prohibited

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Classical music in China is growing steadily and becoming increasingly more popular. If you know about the ban on Western Classical music in China in the late 60’s, then this may come as a surprise to you.

Above: Students from Beijing Music School courtesy of

In 1966, during the cultural revolution in China, Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, along with many other European composers were shunned, while traditional Chinese pieces were preferred. However, in 1978, the Central Conservatory in Beijing reopened, western music entered the country once again.

Fuling, a city in China near Yangtze and Wu Rivers opened a new theatre this year that will become the new home for classical music. Although many people in China admit to not understanding classical music completely, they are open to learning more about the music that was banned from their country decades ago. In fact, the number of Chinese youth studying classical instruments like the piano and violin, outnumber the amount of Canadian students studying the same instruments.

Although the expression of a different culture, China continues to work on opening theatres and showcasing more orchestras and symphonies from around the world. We can’t wait to see what the future of classical music in China holds!

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