Hou is the daughter of Alec Hou, the first person in 1970's China to be permitted to perform western classical music after it was banned during the Cultural Revolution. The violin was crafted in Italy in 1735, and played by Austrian violinist Fritz Kreisler.
Hou chose to play Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D. Major for the recording, which her father also played after the end of the Cultural Revolution before the family emigrated to Canada. Alec Hou also played the piece the night his daughter Susanne was born.
CBC’s Margaret Evans spoke with Hou and her parents and attended the recording last night. Watch her report from The National above.