Every September is just like a festival for Beijing’s music lovers. The 18th Season of the China Philharmonic Orchestra arrives on September 14th, 2018.
Just like before, there will be quite some old friends joining our season as well as some renowned musicians working with us for the first time. Audience should also have high expectations on the rising stars of the classical music world. Our followers will enjoy quite some already acquainted masterpieces while discovering new ones, not to mention the new compositions that resonate with our own age. It has been 18 years since we started the journey than brings our audience along to witness virtuosity of countless wonderful musicians and enjoy known or unknown beautifully written music.
Shortly before the beginning of the new season, the China Philharmonic Orchestra toured Russian in late July and early August with concerts at Moscow MMDM – Svetlanov Hall and St. Petersburgh ‘s Mariinsky Concert Hall. On an online review written by Denis Stupnikov for km.ru, the critic said “Alexander Alexandrov ‘s the Sacred War echoed in the concert hall and stirred the feelings of the audience strongly. The music reminded us of an unforgettable historical moment, just as tonight. The concert of the China Philharmonic Orchestra is destined to be historical, like Master Mei Lanfang bringing Peking Opera to Moscow for the first time in 1935.” This is the first time we played in these two cities of rich musical history and we are proud to put this tour into our resume.
Stars shine in the 2018-2019 Season. It opens with sought-after Olga Peretyatko’s debut with the China Philharmonic Orchestra. Her performance of “Exsultate, jubilate” by Mozart perfectly will perfectly set the tone of jubilation for the whole season. Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder returns with 5 Beethoven concertos and violinist Leonidas Kavakos will present both Mendelssohn and Beethoven’s concerto in one single concert. After 8 years of absence, violinist Vadim Repin comes back with Prokofiev’s first concerto. We are also extremely happy to welcome maestros Osmo Vänskä, Leonard Slatkin and Lan Shui back to our stage.
We are also thrilled to have new friends working with us for the first time and presenting the best of their musicianship. Ju Percussion Group and James Bosnoz will shine in the limelight of two percussion themed concerts which will both be the highlight of the season. On Season Finale, violinist Gil Shaham’s debut can be very much anticipated. Pianists Angela Au, Yun Siqi, violinist Jing Wang, soprano Wang Wei, baritone Yu Jingren, tenor Xiahou Jinxu and bass Liang Li are all new friends of our orchestra and we feel excited to have them in Beijing and charm our audience.
There will also be 2 jubilate concerts in this season. Cellist Jian Wang is one of our closes partners since the very beginning of our orchestra and we have had the privilege of seeing his progress on both artistry and age. On December 22nd, 2018, we present a special “A Night with Cellist Jian Wang” concert for his 50th birthday. We hope his future remains innocent as Haydn’s C major concerto and his journey as a musician shines with bravery, confidence and fearlessness just like Don Quixote. The second jubilate concert is at May 25th, 2019 when the China Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates its 19th birthday. On this anniversary gala, we present Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with singers Song Yuanming, Zhang Yajie, Xiahou Jinxu and Liang Li as well as the China National Opera House Chorus. Renowned Chinese composer Yu Jingjun will also present a new piece at this special occasion and we are all looking forward to it.
The Artistic Director & Chief Conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, Maestro Long Yu, will conduct 8 concerts in this season with works ranging from Beethoven and Brahms to Dvořák and Rimsky-Korsakov. These concerts demonstrate his conducting arts in a full. Our Principle Conductor Maestro Xia Xiaotang and Assistant Conductor Maestro Huang Yi will also be on the podium while Chinese conductors Yu Feng, Yang Yang and Jing Huan are all presenting what they are best of in the new season.
In the past season, pianist Meng-chieh Liu played Brahms’ two piano concertos in two consecutive evenings and were both warmly received. We would like to continue these series by inviting violinist Wang Xiaoming to play Mozart’s 5 violin concertos plus Daniel Schnyder’s “Mozart in China”. We want the genius of young Mozart to be presented to our audience with one of China’s finest violinists.
And of course, chamber music series are always in our seasons for 18 consecutive years. We believe chamber music is the cornerstone of symphonic music and these concerts also help the young musicians of our orchestra to show themselves. We keep playing in colleges and are enthusiastic about promoting art to a greater popularity. The annual New Year’s Concert greets music lovers all over China as well as overseas through live broadcast of CCTV. We will keep touring internationally and bring the best Chinese music and Chinese musicians into the spotlight of a world stage.
We started to build one of China’s best orchestras from extremely difficult situations. From an idea in our mind to reality, we found a path that became a new standard and is followed by many others. The founders of this orchestra and the new generation of its musicians and staff are working relentlessly for the upcoming 20th anniversary of the China Philharmonic Orchestra and may it sound gloriously in its next 20 years.
My deepest gratitude to the friends who have always been with us.
I will see you all in the concert halls!
President, China Philharmonic Orchestra