My heartiest congratulations to the Great Wall International Music Academy for its 12th season in Beijing, China. The creation of this important international exchange program has enriched our collective artistic heritage by establishing important and substantial cultural relationships, by raising the level of artistic training for international and Chinese students, and by creating a global forum for artist-musicians to share ideas and promote understanding. I am especially pleased to see such an exchange between the West and China, which has quickly become a world leader in the field of classical music. I am particularly proud that the University of Cincinnati, its renowned College-Conservatory of Music, and the Starling Project Foundation are partners with our Chinese counterparts–conservatories, artist teachers, student musicians, and citizens–in this enterprise.

I am personally fortunate enough to have been able to spend a significant amount of time at the Great Wall International Music Academy in past summers, and have been overwhelmed by the high level of students and faculty, and by the positive spirit of enrichment that pervades. The students avail themselves to the highest quality of individual and chamber-music instruction, as well as stunning performances by students and faculty. There is no greater thrill than seeing a life changed by such an experience!

Great Wall International Music Academy President Kurt Sassmannshaus is a visionary educator with a proven record of success. We are extraordinarily proud to have him as Dorothy Richard Starling Chair of Classical Violin at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and are pleased to be a sponsor of the 2016 Great Wall International Music Academy.


Peter LANDGREN, Dean
College-Conservatory of Music
Thomas James Kelly Professor of Music
University of Cincinnati