The Chinese Music with Suzhou Charm
DATES AND TICKETS
16th January, 2019 Hamburg, Laeiszhalle | Click for tickets
17th January, 2019 Stuhr, Gut Varrel | Click for tickets
19th January, 2019 Bonn, Theater Bonn | Click for tickets
21st January, 2019 Brussels, Bozar | Click for tickets
23rd January, 2019 Como, Teatro Sociale di Como | Click for tickets
26th January, 2019 Luzern, KKL | Click for tickets
27th January, 2019 Liechtenstein, SAL, Saal am Lindaplatz Schaan | Click for tickets
29th January, 2019 Erl, Tirol Festspiele | Click for tickets
31st January, 2019 Budapest, Palace of Arts | Click for tickets
3rd February, 2019 Dresden, Kulturpalast | Click for tickets
5th February, 2019 Warsaw, Warsaw Philharmonic | Click for tickets
7th February, 2019 St.-Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre | Click for tickets
9th February, 2019 Moscow, Zaryadye Concert Hall | Click for tickets
THE 22ND GRAND CHINESE NEW YEAR CONCERT
Suzhou Chinese Orchestra
Conductor: Peng Kapeng
Programme: “The Chinese Music with Suzhou Charm”
1. Composer: Li Huanzhi
4. Composer: Wang Danhong
ABOUT 2019 TOUR - ORCHESTRA: THE SUZHOU CHINESE ORCHESTRA
The Suzhou Chinese Orchestra is a professional ensemble co-founded by the Suzhou government and Suzhou New District with the aim to promote Chinese culture by integrating traditional music into orchestra performances and reinterpreting and expressing this music through the symphonic format.
In 2019, Suzhou Chinese orchestra will open its own home, the Suzhou Chinese Orchestra Concert Hall, as the orchestra’s permanent residence.
The orchestra is currently composed of 90 outstanding musicians, as well as some excellent graduates of top conservatories in China.
The repertoire of the orchestra consists of a collection of traditional classics, new adaptations of traditional programs, national- and regional-style music, works with oriental or occidental themes, commissioned pieces as well as classical works.
The Suzhou Chinese Orchestra has inherited and is constantly carrying forward the Chinese traditional music, actively promoting and spreading it throughout China. It has developed the Suzhou and Jiangnan music, supporting, exploring and reinventing the musical traditions included in the lists of intangible cultural heritage. It is actively working on music exchange by participating in competitions at home and abroad, as well as giving significant performances to enhance the traditional music culture.
The Suzhou Chinese Orchestra’s season consists of various concerts, including small ensemble performances, workshops and masterclasses, combining its role of a local social unifier and the one of an orchestra performing in the national and international music market.
ABOUT 2019 TOUR - CONDUCTOR: PANG KAPANG
Pang Kapang, a first-class conductor, has been Artistic Director & Chief Conductor of the Suzhou Chinese Orchestra since June 2017.
Pang Kapang graduated from the Conducting Department of the Central Conservatory of Music and achieved the master's degree in 1992. In 1996, he became the only young conductor in Asia to win the 35th Kirill Kondrashin International Conductor’s Master Class. In 1997, he joined the International Conductors’ Master Class (Kiev, Ukraine). In 1998, he succeeded the Chief Conductor of the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra. In 2005, Pang Kapang launched the music season system of the China Radio Chinese Orchestra and created a beginning for the "music season" system of national music in Mainland China.
After successfully conducting the "Grand Chinese New Year Concert" in Goldener Saal of Wiener Musikverein in 2000, he has been continuously conducting there for 13 years, arousing great sensational effect and making great contribution in the promotion of Chinese music into the world. He successively led delegations to Switzerland, Germany, and USA to hold Chinese national symphony concerts and was invited to conduct in Japan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macao, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Austria.
In 2013, he traveled to University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna to study European operas, receiving his diploma of Opera Conducting in 2015. On his tutor, Prof. Konrad Leitner’ words: "Mr. Pang Kapang has an extraordinary talent, a high degree of exquisiteness and delicate music sense, which all help his conducting art approach perfection."
Pang Kapang learned both from China and the Western society and has been actively involved in the exploration and practice of Chinese national symphony music. He has been actively exploring and practicing Chinese national opera and orchestra music. He conducted the Chinese opera Wilderness in the First Chinese Opera Festival and was praised for conducting the Italian opera The Lady of the Camellias (La Traviata) in the Second Chinese Opera Festival.
ERHU SOLOIST: ZHU CHANGYAO
Zhu Changyao, famous erhu performer, is also a composer and the artistic supervisor of the Suzhou Chinese Orchestra. He started to learn the instrument at the age of 7. In 1973 he entered the music department of Nanjing University of the Arts with impressive scores. In 1991 he received the Prize of Literature and Art of Jiangsu and was granted national sponsorship in the same year.
He is the visiting professor of Chinese Conservatory of Music, Nanjing University of the Arts Institute, Nanjing University, Southeast University, and Nanjing Normal University. Currently he is the director of the Art Steering Committee of Jiangsu Performing Arts Group and artistic supervisor of Suzhou Chinese Orchestra.
Zhu Changyao has been performed in the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and North Korea and other countries as well as Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao, winning high praises from the international and national audiences.
CELLO SOLOIST: CHIAO-HSUAN KANG
Chiao-Hsuan Kang was born in Taichung City, Taiwan (China) and began her cello studies at the age of six. She earned her Master’s degree from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, studied with Lee Fiser; and her Doctoral degree from Louisiana State University with full scholarship, studied with Dennis Parker.
Almost immediately after the completion of her doctoral degree, she was recruited as a talented artist at Ludong University School of Arts, where she has served as Distinguished Professor of Cello. She is also a lecturer of cello at the Central China Normal University School of Music.
Being a Chinese musician who absorbed the western soil, she finds that some artistic approaches and musical acknowledgements can only be acquired with a deep reflection on one’s own culture. Playing with Chinese traditional orchestras and playing traditional Chinese music complete her art and help her to develop a multi-faceted personality. Sometimes, a study into ancient philosophies is as well the perfect training for playing music.
Kang is noted for her versatility and musicianship. She appears frequently as soloist with orchestras and well-known conductors. Among them are China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra, Taiwan Evergreen Symphony Orchestra,
Suzhou Chinese Orchestra, and Hunan Symphony Orchestra. She has enjoyed successful collaborations with distinguished conductors such as Pang Kapang, Carlos Riazuelo, Xun Sun, Zhonghui Dai and many other well-known conductors. She had been performing at Beijing National Opera House, China Taipei National Concert Hall, Qin Tai Grand Theatre, Hunan Concert Hall, and Suzhou Concert Hall, to name just a few.
Kang has researched extensively on the works of the well-known Chinese-American composer, Bright Sheng. Her doctoral dissertation “Understanding of Authentic Performance Practice in Bright Sheng’s Seven Tunes Heard In China For Solo Cello” is listed on Bright Sheng’s website, together with Yo-Yo Ma’s album Solo– Seven Tunes Heard In China.