Welcome to the 12th season of the Great Wall International Music Academy. We have enjoyed a decade of cultural exchange; we have been surrounded by fabulous talents and played excellent concerts in Beijing’s most prestigious concert halls. Many young artists from the US, from Europe, and from Australia have made music with their new Chinese friends, and many superb Chinese string players have joined us at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  We have seen many of our young artists gain excellent professional engagements in China and around the globe. This is truly a moment to be grateful for all the generous help that was given to us over the years and to reflect on our work of the past decade. It is also a good time to contemplate and plan how to go forward with the most promising design of our Academy.
 
The world and China was a different place ten years ago. Frequency and opportunity to travel has increased, the Chinese Yuan has become a strong international currency, and China has lived through a historically unprecedented rate of growth and opportunity. China has become the world’s showcase for architecture, city planning, and public transportation. Commensurate with this progress, the cost of living in important Chinese cities has become equal to any metropolis around the world.

 To position the Great Wall International Music Academy in this environment we were able to refocus our mission of Educating the Next Generation of Classical Soloists, and develop a sustainable financial model for the next decade. This required a higher tuition cost, but thanks to our generous donors, we are able to award considerably more talent scholarship than in the past. This will insure that the financial background of the best talents will not stand in the way of the education they deserve.
 
Several young artists will receive the distinction of being named “Great Wall Scholars”. These prestigious fellowships will include a full tuition scholarship, teaching and coaching instruction and responsibilities, as well as opportunities to rehearse and perform chamber music in concerts with our world-class faculty. In addition, our chamber orchestra, the Great Wall Soloists, will perform in concerts on other continents in future seasons.

 

Kurt Sassmannshaus

 

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