Sheila Melvin lived in China from 1995 until September of 2000. She now splits her time between the US and China, with bases in Baton Rouge and Beijing.
Sheila Melvin is a regular contributor to The Asian Wall Street Journal, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, and The New York Times. She often writes on music-related subjects, including Western classical music in China, and Chinese opera. In 1998-99, she wrote a series of ten articles for The Wall Street Journal on the Kunju opera “Peony Pavilion,” which was produced by Lincoln Center. Ms. Melvin’s stories on the arts, travel, business, politics, human interest, and economics in China have been carried by a number of publications, including USA Today, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Opera News, The South China Morning Post and Catholic Digest. She is a native of Washington, DC and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Conductor Jindong Cai was born in Beijing, and became his career during the Cultural Revolution. He has first-hand knowledge of many of the movements and events described in Rhapsody. In 1985, he went on to study with Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood. He graduated from New England Conservatory and he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.
Prof. Cai is also the Director of Orchestral Studies at Stanford University. He has conducted many professional and university orchestras in the United States and China. He has a special interest in the works of Chinese composers. He received the ASCAP award for his support of contemporary music in 1998 and 2002.
Ms. Melvin and Mr. Cai are married and have two children.