Congrats are in order to our Principal Oboe Liang Wang, who on Saturday received the Beijing International Music Festival Artist of the Year award (which has previously been given to the likes of Isaac Stern).
Before the all-Strauss program, in which Liang was the soloist, at Beijing Concert Hall, Madam Deng Nan (above left, in middle), the daughter of Deng Xiao Ping, former Prime Minister of China, presented the award. Long Yu (above left, at left), chairman of the Beijing International Music Festival Artistic Committee, called Wang "the pride of our Chinese artists."
This is not the first collaboration between the oboist and Yu, who has conducted the Philharmonic and is President of Shanghai Orchestra Academy, which Liang helped launch in September when he and other Philharmonic musicians taught and advised during the intensive two-week opener. Read more and see photos.