I'm a big fan of Baroque music and was excited when the Beijing Music Festival decided to focus on it this year. I got a chance to hang around Christopher Hogwood, one of the pioneers of Baroque's revival in the West and now doing similar work in the East. It was a treat to see him teach Chinese students but also sobering to see how little of the pre-Mozart repertoire is familiar here--and essentially how the western classical music boom here has fairly shallow roots. (Of course, how much classical Chinese music is practiced in the West?...)
To read more on this, please check out my piece that ran in the International Herald Tribune and on the New York Times website.