Hao Xing

Violin

Hometown: NanYang, HeNan, China
Alma maters: Central Conservatory of Music, China; University of Texas at Austin
Awards/Competitions: Winner, 2015 Texas Rising Star Competition; 2nd Prize, The Eighth Chinese Music Golden Bell String Quartet Competition, 2011; 1st Prize, 2010 Easton Music Camp String Competition
Appearances: Xi’An Symphony Orchestra, 2012–13; National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Festival, 2012; China-Korea Chamber Music Festival Orchestra, 2012; China Youth Symphony Orchestra, 2010–12; Central Conservatory of Music EOS Orchestra, 2009–12; Cool Ducks Music Festival, 2012
Musical origins: I began to study violin at 12 after I decided to learn the violin by myself.
Favorite piece to play: Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet
Favorite composer fact: Alexander Borodin was a chemist.
Favorite musical memory: I was in a performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony with horn player Stefan Dohr of the Berlin Philharmonic. I was so shocked that for a whole week I didn’t want to play any more—he is truly a unique musician!
Favorite fact about your instrument: It is not expensive, but the sound is good!
The thing most people don’t know about classical music is: They don’t know that they actually like classical music.
What recording would you take to a deserted island: 4’33” by John Cage
Favorite non-musical activity: Driving
Last book read: The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal
Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Listen to Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

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