Life in Pictures: In the Navy
Later in the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the only professional musical groups were the military orchestras. When Jiebing was nine years old, the Chinese Navy held auditions for orchestra members. Although the Navy's minimum age was 18, Jiebing's father had her audition.
The Navy was so impressed with Jiebing's Erhu playing that they made the remarkable exception to accept her into the orchestra. They made this choice in spite of her young age of 9 and the "politically incorrect" background of her family.
Jiebing spent the next 13 years playing leading instrumental parts in Chinese political operas and, as the Cultural Revolution ended, a wide range of Chinese music.
Double Concerto for Erhu and Violinby Gang Situ
Moon Reflecting on Er Chuan Spring
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