Conductor KwamÈ Ryan Has 'No Optimism for the Future' of Blacks in Classical Music
Thursday, August 12, 2004
United Press International
LONDON, Aug. 10, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) ó A British-educated conductor, one of few blacks found in classical music, says he has "no optimism for the future" for black children in his field.
"To be a conductor you have to start very young and the awareness that that is a possibility for black children is not encouraged in schools or in the media," KwamÈ Ryan told Britain's Guardian Tuesday [10 August].
Added Ryan: "It's a question of exposure and it is a deficit that is passed on from generation to generation. Seeing droves of black people in opera houses and concert halls is the exception, and that means the seeds have been planted for the next 20 years. I am afraid I have no optimism for the future.".
The Canadian-born Ryan is making his British debut at the opening concert of the Edinburgh International Festival this week.
Ryan, who studied music at Cambridge University before continuing his education in Germany, currently lives and works in Germany.
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