Report Queen Elizabeth Competition in The Fingerboard Posted April 17, 2009 Stringed instruments are very popular in Asia. Probably more so than in the U.S., where they're currently considered a "geeky" instrument. That being said, I don't know how much I'd read into the nationalities listed. It's kind of like the Olympics, where you might live/study/work in Country A but choose to compete for Country B. Yura Lee, for example, has been in the country for probably 15 years and studied with all sorts of prominent teachers here. I think Ji-yoon Park studies in France. Classical music is a global community anymore.