Violinist Impressed With Shen Yun’s ‘High Level of Professionalism’

February 4, 2018

“I think it has a very high level of professionalism, which is very impressive. Not only the dancers and choreography, and the interface with the animation, but also the live music—which I especially appreciate because I myself am a musician, and it’s becoming increasingly common that touring performances use recorded music.”

“I’m very, very appreciative that they use a live orchestra of excellent professional level. And I love the combination of the traditional instruments like the pipa and the erhu, with the western instruments. … It’s a very beautiful combination of sounds.”

“[The orchestra] matches the dancing very well. There’s a lot of precision and nothing stands out as being out of place. It’s a very beautiful harmonious effect. It’s a very different sound and a very sweet style.”

“The [conductor] is obviously doing an excellent job, because they’re precisely coordinated.
It’s the same job for a conductor with a live orchestra to coordinate with the live stage.”

“I think the blending [of western and eastern music] is very effective. And it’s very well balanced so you can hear the Chinese instruments, their features. It’s a very good balance acoustically.”

“The erhu player was incredible. Really amazing. [Most] beautiful playing of that instrument that I’ve ever heard. And I was very happy experiencing that live. I’ve heard recordings of the instrument, but she’s exceptional. She could easily tour the world by herself.”

Victoria Martino, professional violinist
San Diego Civic Theater, San Diego, United States
Shen Yun New York Company
February 4, 2018