China's first international music summer camp started on Monday at Hudiegu (Butterfly Valley) in Foshan, a city of south China's Guangdong Province.
The provincial government intends to develop the Guangdong International Music Summer Camp into a leading influential international music summer camp in Asia in the coming five years, government officials said.
Boasting a long history in Europe and North America, music summer camps are tailored mainly to teenagers who are dedicated to music composing and musical instruments playing.
The Guangdong music summer camp provides a good chance for such young people from China and other parts of Asia to learn directly from international masters in the field. It embraces different disciplines including wind and stringed instruments, conducting, piano and opera.
Twenty well-known musicians from the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Austria, Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Japan have been invited to serve as instructors of the Camp, including Claus Peter Flor, former music director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and Janos Furst, former principal visiting conductor of Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since last February, the Camp has recruited 250 students from conservatories of music and philharmonic orchestras in the Chinese mainland, Taiwan Province, Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions and southeast Asia.
The Camp will be arranged annually for a period of 30 to 35 days between early July and early August. Yu Long, a famous Chinese conductor and head of the Camp's art committee, said a special course will be established to teach learners how to play traditional Chinese musical instruments.