International oboist is held in China on assault charges

International oboist is held in China on assault charges


norman lebrecht

July 19, 2019

James Huang Zheng, 41, is alleged to have hit an 11-year-old boy during a drunken airport fracas at XiAn.

Zheng, who was ordered to be detained for 15 days, is a member of the international board of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and an international emissary for the Royal College of Music.

A former Hong Kong Philharmonic player, he has also been associated with the Lang Lang Music Foundation.


  • anon says:

    Chinese oboists are trouble, see his compatriot Liang Wang, dismissed from the NY Phil for, allegedly, sexual assault.

    • norman lebrecht says:

      This is a racist statement. Kindly withdraw it or face a ban.

      • MusicBear88 says:

        You’re the moderator, sir…

      • Righteous Indignation says:

        Of course this is racist, but you are the administrator, you could have not published the comment.

        You can’t have it both ways, publish it and condemn it.

        Just delete the post.

        And plus, there is no way for posters on this site to edit/delete/withdraw posts.

      • mauitenor says:

        There is more to this story than appears. The man is not able to defend himself until after his detainment. James is a generous person, hard working in both his business and his personal relationships, and he’s consistently involved in helping improve his community. Please do not pass judgement prematurely, ruining his reputation.

      • MacroV says:

        I agree but there is no way to edit/delete comments on this site. You, as the administrator, need to do it. Maybe leave the contributor with mark that the post has been deleted for inappropriate content.

        And in general a little moderation of trolls and such would be welcome.

  • fflambeau says:

    There’s nothing more dangerous than an oboist.

  • Art says:

    Without all the facts, it’s hard to reed into this.