The first Chinese to conduct in the USmain
Han Zhongjie has died in Biejing, aged 97.
He once said: ‘How I wish I could have pursued my music career in an environment that was free of political interference.’
In 1980 he conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra, one of many thaws that followed Seiji Ozawa’s 1978 China tour.
Han went on to tour the Central Philharmonic in various countries and to teach two generations of Chinese conductors.
Full life story here.