Classical 91.5

Asian and Pacific Island Heritage

WXXI is proud to pay tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.  Through our on-air music programming, and in profiles and interviews, WXXI Classical will shine a light on prominent musicians here and abroad. 

In video interviews, you’ll meet David Chin, a conductor who’s sharing his passion for Bach in Malaysia as well as Mimi Hwang, a Rochester cellist and Eastman professor recently named the chair of the national network for ensemble music professionals, Chamber Music America.  We’ll check in with two women composers: Korean-American performer and educator Beata Moon, and Chinese-American Wang Jie, who’s worked and thrived during the lockdown in New York City.

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  When she was a kid, Beata Moon just wanted to fit in.  Born in North Dakota and raised in Indiana, she found that being Korean-American set her apart.  So did her prodigious talent at the piano.

University of Rochester

When the pandemic began, violist Phillip Ying watched his concert schedule dry up. Like many musicians, he found himself with free time and a host of new, unimaginable challenges for himself, his quartet, and his students at the Eastman School of Music.  

Wang Jie: Composer

May 12, 2021

When Wang Jie was a child, her mom called her “人来疯,” which roughly translates into “mad exhilaration when guests arrive.”   Her spirit and musical intelligence blossomed in Shanghai, a city known as “the Eastern Paris.” 


When David Chin graduated with Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, he embarked on a fascinating journey which has so far carried him from small town America to the sophisticated urban centers of Malaysia.   


Hwang was born in Los Angeles, California; her parents are immigrants of Chinese ancestry.  Hwang began playing the cello at the age of 8. In March of 2021, Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, announced her appointment  as the new Chair of its Board of Directors.