The future of classical music has been a much-discussed and heated topic during recent years in the West. Cuttings on state funding for orchestras, an aging audience, ever declining ticket sales…the challenges faced by art music seems myriad. China on the other hand is embracing classical music with great enthusiasm and zeal, having many of the things that the classical music scene in the West desperately lacks: a young audience, state funding, and a growing market which continues to gain strength.
But how did China of all places become to harbor classical music? And what exactly is the present and future of Western art music in China?