Belmont senior Jackson Wells, who has spent the last four summers performing in China while transitioning from student artist to rising star overseas, has received a scholarship to study at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU). BLCU is home to approximately 10,000 international students from different countries that come to join the 6,000 Chinese students on campus every year. Since its founding in 1962, the University has been an academic base for language and cultural research and the cradle for talent in China. University alumni include Kassem Tokayev, the current United Nations deputy secretary-general and director-general of the United Nations Office at Geneva; Mulatu Teshome Watto, Ethiopian President; Karim Massimov, prime minister of Kazakhstan; Igor, Russian deputy minister of foreign affairs; Kubin, German sinologist and Eric Cornell, American physicist and Nobel laureate.
Wells has gained popularity in China for his original compositions which he performs in both English and Chinese. He is committed to four festivals in China this spring, including the fourth annual Taihu Music Festival, featuring musicians from 30 countries with over 12,000 attendees per day. He will also be performing several sets for the fifth consecutive year at the four-day Chengdu International Music Festival.