China Traditional Orchestra
China National Traditional Orchestra
Venue: Concert Hall
Dates: January 13, 2019
Traditional Orchestra The Silk Road
Music: MA Sicong
Arr. LI Binyang
Erhu and Traditional Orchestra Song of Liangzhou
Erhu Soloist: TANG Feng
Traditional Orchestra Ode to the Mountain City
Traditional Orchestra All Rivers Run into Sea
Music: MA Jiuyue, ZHAO Cong
Orch. HU Tingjiang
Pipa and Traditional Orchestra Blossom
Pipa Player: ZHAO Cong
Xinjiang Folk Song
Plucked Instruments Ensemble Swallows
Chinese Music Impression Suite
Movement I. Wind Instruments and Traditional Orchestra The Chirping of Birds
Movement II. Past and Present Life
Xiao Player: CHEN Shasha
Guanzi Player: ZHANG Jiali
Movement III. Traditional Music Chinese Music Impression
TANG Muhai is dedicated to creating new avenues for classical music and as such has most recently concentrated his attentions to building the audience and artistic reputation of new or lesser known orchestras. He is Chief Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Tianjin Opera and Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Shanghai Philharmonic and Zhenjiang Symphony Orchestras in China. From September 2009 he has also held the role of Principal Guest Conductor of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.
TANG Muhai has always been drawn to the musical stage, and has conducted opera on several continents, most recently with a highly acclaimed new production of Rossini’s opera Le Comte Ory in Zurich. He previously held the position of Chief Conductor of the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki where he conducted productions such as Die Frau Ohne Schatten, Turandot, Der Rosenkavalier and Pique Dame, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, La Rondine, Boris Godunov, The Marriage of Figaro, La Traviata, The Barber of Seville and Otello. In 2007 he conducted fully-staged performance of TAN Dun’s opera Tea with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.
Tang Muhai’s international recognition began when Herbert von Karajan invited him to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in its 1983 subscription series. This success led to repeat appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic and invitations from many of the world’s leading orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Sydney Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestras amongst many others. Since then he has appeared as guest conductor on four continents and at music festivals in Prague, Berlin, Edinburgh, Verona, Bergen and Beijing. He has worked with numerous great artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Martha Argerich and Anne-Sophie Mutter, to name just a few.
TANG Muhai also enjoys working with younger musicians in a mentoring role and has conducted the Shanghai Conservatory Orchestra, where he studied himself and in Berlin as part of the Young Euro Classic Festival in which 17 youth orchestras performed in 17 days. In August 2007 he brought students from the Shanghai Conservatory to collaborate with the German Youth Orchestra, a project culminating in two performances at the Berlina Konzerthaus and then a tour through six major cities of China; this led to a chamber orchestra tour in 2009 and the collaboration continues to this day. TANG Muhai became Conducting Professor and Head of the Conducting Department at the Conservatory in 2007. He has also worked for Shanghai Concert Hall as Artistic Director and also holds the title of Conductor Laureate of the National Symphony Orchestra of China.
Among TANG Muhai’s many recordings, the Guitar Concertos by TAN Dun and Christopher Rouse with Sharon Isbin and the Gulbenkian Orchestra, for Teldec, was awarded a Grammy in 2002.
China National Traditional Orchestra
As a national-level orchestra directly under the Ministry of Culture, China National Traditional Orchestra, founded in 1960 under the direction of Premier ZHOU Enlai, is regarded as the standard-setter, model and benchmark of China's folk music performance. The Orchestra, made up of folk orchestra, chorus and art creation centre, boasts a group of musicians and sharp-sighted managers. LI Huanzhi (January 1919 to March 2000), famous composer and former Chairman of China Musicians' Association, had served as its first President and now XI Qiang, a member of CPPCC, Chinese string instrument artist and musicologist, is at the wheel.
China National Traditional Orchestra not only performs typical traditional music in various forms but dabbles in contemporary Chinese music, western classic music and other genres.
Adhering to popularizing traditional Chinese music and culture, the Orchestra collects, arranges and performs a great variety of excellent folk music and contemporary selected works, adding a glorious stroke to China's traditional music. Chairman MAO Zedong and DENG Xiaoping, Premier ZHOU Enlai as well as foreign heads of state had visited the Orchestra time after time. Over these years, the Orchestra has produced a large number of eminent folk music talents, such as LI Huanzhi, TANG Rongmei, QIN Pengzhang and LIU Wenjin. Moreover, the Orchestra has also cooperated with such famous musicians as Christoph Eschenbach, Jean Michel Jarre, Yo-Yo Ma and Minoru Miki.
Since its inception, the Orchestra has visited dozens of places - Asia, Europe and America, for performance besides tours around China. In 1993, the Orchestra founded the Asia Orchestra together with the Ensemble Nipponia and National Orchestra of Korea to promote art creation and exchanges of Asian folk music. In 1997, the Orchestra toured dozens of cities in America at the invitation of ICM and staged with world-renown cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the Carnegie Hall. In 1998, 1999 and 2010, the Orchestra staged the Grand Spring Festival Concerts at the Golden Hall of Vienna, Austria, whose performance won warm applause from the audience.
Not only does the Orchestra maintain traditional music genre, but attempt to breathe new life into it by creating innovative shows, such as Golden Melody, Music Gallery, Grand Folk Music, Melody of A Century, My Magnificent Country, Charming Moonlight, as well as annul Mid-autumn Concert held by the NCPA, weekly "Refined Chinese Music" Concerts, arousing extensive favour from audience and making great contribution for the development of traditional Chinese music.