Ye Hu

Clarinet

Hometown: Shanghai, China

Alma mater: New England Conservatory, B.M. & M.M.

Photo by Matt Dine

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Appearances: Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, 2016; Orford Music Festival, 2016

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career? When my parents sent me to the Middle School affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory (very Chinese, I know). But after I spent a year there, I knew I found what I wanted to do in the future.

Which composer do you feel you connect with the most? Brahms!!

What is your favorite piece of music? Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet

What has been your favorite experience as a musician? Playing with my teacher Richard Stoltzman in a concert in Rhode Island.

Do you have any embarrassing performance stories? Too many . . . all the bad memories are flashing back to me . . .

What is some advice you would give to your younger self? Self-discipline is the one and only way to be good at anything.

Favorite non-classical musician or band: Honne

Which three people, dead or alive, would you like to have dinner with and why? Mozart, Shostakovich, and Wagner. I wonder what those people would talk about during dinner!

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us: I am a little taller than I look like I am!

Piece of advice for a young classical musician: Be nice to your fellow musicians.