Violinist Li Chuanyun Brings Musical Soul to Film
Together, the new music-themed film by famed Chinese director Chen Kaige (known for the 1993 Oscar-nominated film Farewell My Concubine), features the heartbreaking solos of 22-year-old violinist Li Chuanyun, and Kaige hopes the film will do for Chuanyun what The Red Violin once did for Joshua Bell. "I hope," says Kaige, "through this movie, it can really help to establish him." That said, the director does not plan to mimic Red Violin composer John Corigliano's Oscar night line: "Joshua plays like a god!" Says Kaige, "I'd rather say, this music was played by a very snobbish boy-but that's what I like about him. He's not a god, but he plays like a son of god-graceful and subtle and sensitive." For Chuanyun, who makes a notable cameo in the film, it is thrilling enough that Bell attended the New York premiere of Together. Asked what he thinks of the film's message that great music is more emotional than technical, Chuanyun agrees. "Emotion, feeling, it is what you experience in life," he says. "You can gradually get it into your music, but it cannot be taught."