Who Still Plays Classical Music?

February 10, 2012

It’s a subject to be treated delicately, but it can hardly be fruitful to ignore it:

“There was a time when practically every major soloist was Jewish,” says violinist Joshua Bell. “Every Jewish kid grew up wanting to play the violin. Now it’s true among Asians.”

Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans flow into our music schools and our orchestras in a marvelous stream, and even the ones who don’t play are frequently an important part of the audience for classical music. Is it all a result of a culture’s expectations about child-rearing?

Read some of the facts here.

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