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Tomomi Nishimoto & China National Symphony Orchestra
Venue: National Centre for the Performing Arts - Concert Hall
Date: June 23, 2018
Duration: Approximate 120 mins
Symphony Overture No. 1, theme song for TV series Burning years
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op. 125
Conductor: Tomomi Nishimoto
Soprano: YAO Hong
Mezzo-Soprano: YANG Guang
Tentor: LI Shuang
Baritone: SUN Li
Choruses: Chorus of China National Symphony Orchestra, Opera Troupe of China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater
Conductor: Tomomi Nishimoto
Tomomi Nishimoto, born in 1970, is a conductor. The start of her career dates back to 2002, when she became chief conductor of the Russia State Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra "Millennium" at the age of 32; in 2003, she became conductor of the Russian Symphony Orchestra of the Tchaikovsky Foundation; in 2004, she was promoted to chief conductor and artistic director of this orchestra; in 2006, under her leadership, the orchestra toured 7 Japanese cities, bringing her to the forefront in Japan as a world-class conductor.
Currently, Tomomi Nishimoto is chief conductor and artistic director of the IlluminArt Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also a music partner of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, chief conductor of the Japanese Royal Chamber Orchestra, and guest professor at Osaka College of Music (her alma mater). Besides, she is the first honourary ambassador of Hirado City, Nagasaki Prefecture, and international culture ambassador of Osaka City.
Graduating from Osaka College of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in composition, she went to St. Petersburg State Conservatory to study opera and symphony conducting. Then she became the first foreign chief guest conductor at the Russian State Symphony Orchestra and St. Petersburg Mussorgsky State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. She has attended more and more activities in Europe and worked with the following orchestras: the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Orchestre Philarmonique de Monte-Carlo, Hungarian State Opera House, Národní divadlo Praha Orchestra, Ukraine Odessa National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and others. She remains active in the USA. Her U.S. debut was at Carnegie Hall, where she conducted the National Symphony Orchestra of the United States. Since 2011, she has worked regularly on performances with the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra. In Asia, she gave performances in Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea with several major Japanese orchestras.
Moreover, she has performed in many international music festivals, such as the Split Summer Music Festival in Croatia, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Prague Proms and Vilnius International Music Festival.
Presenter: China National Symphony Orchestra
The China National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO) is a national orchestra established from the former Central Orchestra (founded in 1956) with support from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China in 1996. Directly subordinated to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, it consists of three art production units - the symphony orchestra, chorus and Beijing Concert Hall.
CNSO’s present Director is ZHANG Yi, Artistic Consultants WU Zuqiang and HAN Zhongjie, Honourary Artistic Director TAN Dun, Chief Conductor LI Xincao, Honorary Conductor TANG Muhai, Chief Guest Conductor SHAO En, Specially Invited Conductor CHEN Xieyang and First Violinist ZHAO Kunyu.
In the last century, China’s conductors LI Delun, HAN Zhongjie and YAN Liangkun had laid a solid foundation for the CNSO’s operations. In the new era, conductors CHEN Zuohuang, TANG Muhai and SHAO En have contributed to CNSO development.
CNSO maintains good cooperation with many of the world’s top musicians such as conductors Karajan, Ormandy, Seiji Ozawa, Rozhdestvensky, Dutoit, David Zinman and Plasson, etc., performers David Oistrakh, Menuhin, Stern, Mutter, Shaham, Joshua Bell, LU Siqing, NING Feng, Yo-Yo Ma, WANG Jian, YIN Chengzong, Argerich, Lang Lang, YUNDI, Yuja Wang, Lindemann and Meyer, etc., and singers José Carreras, Giuseppe Giacomini and Kathleen Battle, etc. In the Oscar award-winning documentary From MAO to Mozart, the sound cooperation and deep friendship between the CNSO and art masters are well recorded.
The CNSO bears strong performing techniques and artistic culture, as well as excels at a broad range of music works. Apart from a huge amount of repertoire of the western classic works, the orchestra also has convincing capabilities to interpret new music pieces created by modern composers. The CNSO has delivered concert-based operas composed by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Wagner, Puccini and Richard Strauss.
Meanwhile, the CNSO also pays high attention to the creation and promotion of Chinese music works. For instance, the piano concerto Yellow River was created and first presented by the CNSO. In recent years, the orchestra has been working on the series concert Dragon Rhythm and Chinese Melody, promoting excellent Chinese composers and works. It is through Dragon Rhythm and Chinese Melody - a Special Concert on Chinese Music that contemporary composers TAN Dun, YE Xiaogang, GUAN Xia, ZHOU Long and CHEN Yi, etc. have gained wide popularity from both at home and abroad.
The CNSO has undertaken major performance tasks for various national affairs and diplomatic activities, such as “Beautiful China and Glorious Dream” Concert marking 65th Anniversary of Founding of People’s Republic of China, Gala for Commemoration of 70th Anniversary of Victory of Chinese People's Resistance against Japanese Aggression and World Anti-Fascist War, “Eternal Faith” Concert for Celebration of 95th Anniversary of Establishment of Communist Party of China, “Hangzhou，Living Poetry” Gala for 11th Hangzhou G20 Summit, “Sailing to Future” gala for meetings of BRICS leasers, Boao Forum for Asia, APEC Summit, and the performance for meetings of China-US leaders, etc. The CNSO’s superb skills and extraordinary performance have gained unanimous praise from foreign dignitaries.
Additionally, the CNSO has recorded music for numerous movies and TV series such as ZHOU Enlai, The Promise, Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy, The Years of Burning Passions, and large events including Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, National People's Congress and Chinese Political Consultative Conference, and APEC Summit, etc. The world-renowned record companies including EMI, Philips, DG and Universal Record have made several CDs for CNSO and issued them worldwide.
The CNSO keeps an annual art production of nearly 100 concerts with tours nationwide. Since last century, the orchestra has taken the lead in art practices by bringing symphony to the grassroots, such as schools, armies and factories, etc.
Apart from delivering great performances to Chinese audiences, the orchestra has also visited major countries and regions in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. Western audiences marvel that “in the hereditary kingdom of symphony, a new member has undoubtedly emerged.” The concerts of “2010 World Symphony Orchestra Music Festival”, “2013 Asia Orchestra Art Festival” and “2015 Asia Orchestra Art Week (Tokyo)” have all been inscribed with the sounds of the CNSO.