On Location with the Shanghai Quartet

Bringing Western Music East and Eastern Music West

Listen: Listen to the Entire Feature

Members of the Shanghai Quartet

Members of the Shanghai Quartet play at WCVE in Richmond. Marshall Lloyd hide caption

toggle caption Marshall Lloyd

The Shanghai Quartet is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. For much of that time, it has been based in Richmond, Va.

While classical music is popular in China, most Chinese are not familiar with chamber music. The quartet is hoping to introduce chamber music to a broad Chinese audience through concerts at universities there. The four musicians are playing the complete cycle of Beethoven string quartets at concerts in China and the United States.

As they bring classical music to the East, the Shanghai Quartet has also brought eastern music to the West. Violinist Yi-Wen Jiang has arranged Chinese music for string quartet. He says he hopes the arrangements will help expose U.S. audiences to beautiful music that is not widely known in this country.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from