When I was 3 years old, my parents and aunt and uncle made a recording of me identifying the correct notes played on my toy piano. I still have that recording on cassette tape. I guess my music education must have begun pretty early, as my parents are Peking Opera musicians and my uncle is a composer. My parents have supported my passion for music since when I was very young and have sacrificed so much of their life so that I could be educated at the top U.S. schools.
I’m so grateful because they helped make it possible for me to be a part of the BSO. I already have so many wonderful memories of my time with the BSO, that I could never name them all. So I guess my favorite BSO memory is playing with the BSO every day.
Music is a big part of my life, but the most important part of my life is my family. I proposed to my wife right on stage following my master’s recital and my life changed forever when she said yes!
My wife and son and I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, cooking our favorite Chinese meals. In fact, if I weren’t a musician, my dream would be to become a chef and host a TV show that teaches authentic Chinese home cooking! I think that the Food Network should consider the idea!
My son and I also like to get outside to play soccer. I like to remind him that his dad used to be the captain of his high school soccer team. My high school was the music school attached to the Central Conservatory of music in Beijing. I led my team to win the college-level season league in my junior year of high school. It was a wonderful moment. I feel fortunate to have had so many wonderful moments in my life, thanks to my loving family and the joy of performing live with the BSO each week.