Dear friends of the China Philharmonic Orchestra,
The China Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated its 16th birthday during the 2015-2016 Season. Following an unforgettable 15th Anniversary Gala, the orchestra not only concluded an era in its history, but also announced its success in achieving its artistic goal by creating an internationally influential orchestra. The China Philharmonic Orchestra, however, shall not stop its pace in the pursuit of higher standard. In the upcoming season which shall start in September, 2016, the China Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes numerous master musicians from the world, creates a platform for young musicians, and dedicates itself to the fusion of international vision and Chinese heritage. These icons are something that makes the China Philharmonic Orchestra so special.
In the upcoming season, distinguished conductor Neeme Järvi returns after 6 years of absence. The Polish master composer & conductor Krzysztof Penderecki, who enjoyed a working relationship with the China Philharmonic Orchestra, is also returning in this seasons. World renowned conductors Jacek Kaspszyk and Claus Peter Flor are also some returning figures on the China Philharmonic Orchestra’s podium. Pascal Rophé, who has enjoyed a successful international career for decades, and Min Chung, who is the latest product of a prestigious Korean musicians’ family, will make their debuts in the new season with Beijing’s audience expecting enthusiastically.
A special treat for the audience, the 2016-2017 Season emphasizes on top violinists of the world. Star violinist Leonidas Kavakos will open the new season with his critically acclaimed interpretation of Brahms’s violin concerto. Loved by the late Claudio Abbado, the German violinist Isabelle Faust shall present Schumann’s violin concerto, which was her favorite. The young and handsome new 1st Concertmaster of Berliner Philharmoniker, Noan Bendix-Balgley, will announce his multi-threat status in his China debut with his own composition of “Fidl-Fantazye”. The latest Silver medalist at the Tchaikovsky International Composition, Taiwan-born violinist Tseng Yu-Chien, shall once again play the Tchaikovsky violin concerto. And don’t forget the youngest talent of the new season, Hong Kong born Paloma So, who will meet the accomplished figure Penderecki with unique musical dialogue. Old friends of the China Philharmonic Orchestra Augustin Dumay and Julian Rachlin shall also return in this season and present their dominance on the strings.
There are even more delights that await discovery. The orchestra’s Music Director & Chief Conductor shall present Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana which is rarely performed in Beijing for quite some time. Internationally acclaimed Pipa player Wu Man will demonstrate Ye Xiaogang’s Pipa Concerto in her debut with the China Philharmonic Orchestra. The Korean star coloratura soprano Somi Jo will present an extravagant evening of Italian operatic arias. The most sought-after cellist of our time, Gautier Capuçon, will appear in the closing concert of this season with the concerto of Dvořák. As the only opera in this season, the China Philharmonic Orchestra adds Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to its portfolio of operatic achievements.
With tours of “the Silk Road” and “the Maritime Silk Road” in the years of 2015 and 2016, the China Philharmonic Orchestra harvested international influence as well as tens of thousands of new audience along its paths. After the end of 2015-2016 Season, the orchestra further tour Russia, which was an important addition to the orchestra’s international existence. In the upcoming season, the China Philharmonic Orchestra shall further tour Europe and North America as China’s symphonic flagship and promote China’s cultural “soft power” via the language of music.
Furthermore, the China Philharmonic Orchestra’s new concert hall shall reach groundbreaking status soon after the inauguration of the new season. The dream of China’s music lovers is approaching.
In the business of classical music, it honors us no more than presenting a delightful new season to the audience who cares about our orchestra with nothing but love, patience, tolerance, understanding and encouragement. I cannot wait to discover the upcoming 2016-2017 seasons with these dearest friends.
President, China Philharmonic Orchestra
In September, 2016