7 September 2010

Dean and Principal of The Con, Kim Walker, acknowledged as one of the top five bassoonists in the world, has been invited to perform at a premier music event of the World Expo in Shanghai.

Professor Walker will perform solo and with the Shanghai Philharmonic.

One of the orchestral works to be performed is a new concerto by Xu Liu Wen, written specifically for the Expo.

She will also be conducting masterclasses.

Earlier in the year, Walker was a special guest performer for a sell-out concert in the National Performing Arts Centre in Beijing, and conducted masterclasses with 300 young professional bassoonists.

"It gives me enormous pleasure to meet Lu Wei again. He is a principal bassoonist in the Shanghai Philharmonic who I was fortunate to teach in 1992 when on an extended tour in China," commented Walker.

"In those days they had very limited resources and closed borders. Now Shanghai's World Expo brings us together for music, science, research and of course education.

"Their emphasis on and respect for music as a fundamental component of education is demonstrably putting them at the forefront of musical connections. The leading performers, orchestras and educators are seriously involved with Beijing and Shanghai.

"This is a wonderful opportunity and another example of the very high regard The Con's Faculty is held in internationally," commented Walker.

"It is a pleasure to follow the students and faculty of The Con's Jazz Big Band, Percussion Ensemble and Saxophone Quartet, who played in concerts at the Expo in July and August on behalf of the University."

Contact: Mick Le Moignan

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