- 2018年11月23日 星期五 19:30
A Night with Ju Percussion Group
2009年，艺术总监朱宗庆获得国际打击乐艺术协会（Percussive Arts Society，PAS）颁授「终身教育成就奖」，以表扬他对打击乐艺术的贡献；2016年，朱宗庆获选PAS名人堂，为华人世界首位获此殊荣的第一人。
他近年来不断应邀指挥国内各大职业乐团。2005年指挥深圳交响乐团演出第一届中国作曲博士作品音乐会大获成功，受到了在场十几位专家的一致称赞。2005年同深圳交响乐团合作第一届中国作曲博士作品音乐会，所有作品均为首演，获得空前成功，赢得了在场几十位音乐家和终身教授们的广泛赞誉、2006年带领中国青年交响乐团录制并出版发行了马思聪先生的《大提琴协奏曲》、《小提琴协奏曲》、《双小提琴协奏曲》。年底CCTV电视台又录制了夏小汤指挥的肖斯塔科维奇《第十交响乐》。2007年再次执棒深圳交响乐团成功举行了第三届中国作曲博士作品音乐会。之后开始长期与中国爱乐乐团合作，成功的在全国进行了多次巡回演出，同时和Akiko Suwanai一起在北京和广州演出柴可夫斯基《D大调小提琴协奏曲》。2008年指挥中国爱乐乐团在北京大学演讲并讲解德沃夏克《第八交响乐》赢得了全场观众的热烈喝彩。2009年指挥中国爱乐乐团和广州交响乐团在国内首演了André Jolivet的作品。2007年又成功地指挥演出了第三届中国作曲博士作品音乐会。同年开始兼任中国爱乐乐团助理指挥一职，指挥了多场高水平的音乐会，受到了主流媒体的广泛称赞。还曾经与深圳交响乐团、 天津歌剧舞剧院、山东交响乐团、中央歌剧院、北京交响乐团、昆明交响乐团、上海爱乐乐团、广州交响乐团等职业乐团合作过，担任了大量的排练、演出、录音等工作，他以准确、严谨、精练、激情的指挥风格在各大职业乐团广受好评。
Qigang Chen: Instants d'un opéra de Pékin
Nebojša Jovan Živković: “Obsesiones”, Concerto for Two Percussionists and Orchestra, Op.38
Che-Yi Lee: "Double Six Fantasy", for Six Percussionists and Orchestra (Commissioned)
Jan Järvlepp: "Garbage Concerto", Concerto for Recycled Garbage and Orchestra
Ju Percussion Group
Xia Xiaotang, conductor
Ju Percussion Group
Rooted in Taiwan and shining on the world stage, the Ju Percussion Group has continued to maintain its "Moving On" spirit and unique approach to "Blending tradition and modern, balancing East and West." To date, the group has played in 31 different countries around the world, and cultivated more than 130,000 percussion learners by means of its instruction system. The growth of the Ju Percussion Group is a reflection of the development of contemporary percussion on the island of Taiwan.
In 1986, the Ju Percussion Group met at a hot pot restaurant in Taipei and announced to the world that Taiwan's very first professional percussion band had been born. When the Ju Percussion Group was first established, most people in Taiwan were unfamiliar with its percussion music genre. Thanks to the group's activities, however, the Ju Percussion Group soon became a household name throughout the island. In 1991, the Ju Percussion Group introduced its instruction system, which swept the country with its absorbing and authentic teaching format. At present, there are 30 existing percussion music schools around the world.
To lend its performances further variety, the Ju Percussion Group holds three grand concerts every year, and these events serve to demonstrate its creativity, showcase its inherited cultural legacy, and fuse Western and Asian culture. Apart from its concert performances, another feature of the group is its composition of original musical pieces. The Ju Percussion Group is one of the few ensembles with its own exclusive composers, and the group has commissioned the creation of as many as 228 pieces. It invests massive resources in domestic and overseas creation to develop and treasure the voice of this era.
Meanwhile, the Ju Percussion Group is widely recognized and has been invited to various international events such as the "Quartier D'ete, Paris," "Budapest Spring Festival, Hungary," "2005 World Exposition, Japan," and "Chekhov International Theatre Festival, Moscow, Russia." The group has also performed in Washington D.C., and has served as a cross-Strait cultural ambassador by performing in such different parts of China as Xian, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Nanjing, and Hangzhou.
Since 2013, the Ju Percussion Group has been chosen as a "Taiwan Brand Performing Arts Group". In 2014, the Ju Percussion Group conducted a European tour in Linz, Vienna, Germany, and Hungary, and also performed in the Wiener Konzerthaus for the first time. Throughout this tour, the group received enthusiastic responses from audiences and favorable comments from critics. The unique professional performances of the Ju Percussion Group have successfully captured the heights of the performing arts world and let the world hear the sound of Taiwan.
Based on the vision of bringing the world to Taiwan, and taking Taiwan to the world, JPG has hosted the triennial Taiwan International Percussion Convention (TIPC) since 1993. Over the past two-plus decades, the successful events which were supported by world-renowned percussion ensembles and musicians, the TIPC has become an important venue exploring global percussion trends. To further the spirit of the TIPC, the Taipei International Percussion Summer Camp (TIPSC) was held every year since 1999. And in 2017, the first Taiwan International Percussion Convention Competition (TIPCC) was held in conjunction with the 9th TIPC.
In 2016, the founder and artistic director of the Ju Percussion Group, Mr. Ju Tzong-Ching, has been inducted by the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) into its Hall of Fame, which is considered the highest honor, representing the international percussion world’s recognition of Taiwan’s achievements in the development of percussion music.
The Ju Percussion Group has grown and developed since its establishment. In recognition of the creativity of youth, the Ju Percussion Group 2 devotes itself to holding concerts for children. The Jumping Percussion Group performs at schools in order to foster the development of future performing talent. The Juvenile Percussion Ensemble recruits learners primarily from the group's instruction system. Both of these groups display the vitality of percussion music among the younger generations in Taiwan. To date, the Juvenile Percussion Ensemble has established 100 groups throughout Taiwan, and the groups are instructed by members of Ju Percussion Group and members of the JUT percussion instructors' group.
Xia Xiaotang, conductor
Xia Xiaotang is one of the leading figures in China’s music scenario. He currently serves as Associate Professor at China Central Conservatory of Music, and holds many distinguished posts such as Chief Conductor of China Youth Symphony Orchestra and Principle Conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra. A multi prize winner, he received the Golden Prize at China International Conducting Competition in 2006, and his long collaboration with the Chine Philharmonic Orchestra started from the year after. He has also worked with many orchestras of international fame such as Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, Besançon Symphony Orchestra, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Orchestra of Oper Frankfurt, Cadaques Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Music Academy of Seoul, Korea, the Symphony Orchestra of America, San Francisco Baroque Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, China National Opera House, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra and Guiyang Symphony Orchestra.
He has cooperated with numerous nationally and internationally famous performers and composers, including Tan Dun, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jian Wang, Lang Lang, Sun Xiuwei, Alain Lefèvre, Akiko Suwanai, Yuja Wang, David Fray, Khatia Buniatishvili, Nelson Freire, Anne-Akiko Myers, Emmanuel Pahud, Xue Wei, Lü Siqing, Ye Xiaogang, Guo Wenjing and Tang Jianping. His discography included Beethoven’s Symphonies No.5 and No.7 as well as Shostakovich’s Symphony No.10, all with the China Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also recorded Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with baritone Yuan Chenye, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3 with Yuja Wang, Concierto de Aranjuez with Xuefei Yang, the Yellow River Cantata with Pu Cunxin, Liao Changyong, Wang Xiufen and Zhang Jianyi. Warmly welcomed among Chinese singers, he is invited to work with celebrated ones such as Song Zuying, Dong Wenhua, Zhang Ye, Yan Weiwen, Jiang Dawei, Tong Tiexin, Wu Bixia and Lü Jihong, just to name a few. He collaborates frequently with “China’s 3 Tenors”, an ensemble formed by Dai Yuqiang, Wei Song and Warren Mok. Xia conducts more than 50 concerts annually worldwide. He is seen on numerous performances of “Cultures of China, Festival of Spring” hosted by Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council in many international cities with significant amount of Chinese residence. His concert tour with celebrated singer Song Zuying across the east and west coasts of the United States was enthusiastically welcomed. In 2015 he led the China Philharmonic Orchestra a stunning concert tour of Central Asia, Western Asia and Europe. He further toured with China Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016 by giving concerts in Southeast and Soush Asian countries. His precise and delicate style of conducting contemporary music won him praise from distinguished composers, such as Tan Dun (Water Music and Paper Music), Qigang Chen (“Yuan” and Instants d'un Opera de Pekin) and Krzysztof Penderecki (Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima). He has also worked with pop stars including Jay Chou, John Legend, Zhang Liangying, Sun Nan, Chris Botti, Phoenix Legend and Yang Kun.
Xia Xiaotang is currently serving as the General Music Director of the "Triple Senior" Symphony Orchestra. "Triple Senior" Symphony Orchestra is consisted of senior national cadres (Ministers and above), senior military officers (Major Generals and above), senior professors (tenured professors and full professors). In the performance in December 2012 at the National Center for the Performing Arts, many national leaders and over a hundred ambassadors attended and spoke highly of the conductor. The concert went unprecedentedly successful. Now Xia Xiaotang is leading the "Triple Senior" (now renamed as Starry Sky Symphony Orchestra), vigorously promoting and disseminating classical music in China, and actively promoting "Musicalizing China".
As the principal conductor of China Youth Symphony Orchestra, Xia Xiaotang has been committed to the building and developing the orchestra, leading the orchestra in hundreds of concerts in cities both domestically and internationally, touring Europe in numerous times. In 2008, the orchestra performed Richard Strauss's "Don Juan" and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No.2 in Seoul, winning warm tears from the audience with their passionate and profound musical performance. In the past years have Xia led the orchestra to London, Vienna, Berlin, Geneva and Krakow, just to name a few. In recent years, they have performed in National Centre for the Performing Arts Mahler's "First Symphony," "Fifth Symphony", Beethoven's "Fifth Symphony", "Ninth Symphony," Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique", Richard Strauss’ “Till Eulenspiegel" and " Ein Heldenleben ", Debussy ‘s “La Mer” and other large-scale symphonic works, with rigorous, accurate, passionate, and unrestrained conducting style. Every show left many wonderful moments of extraordinary excitement, widely praised by musicians. Many mainstream media have reported him, calling him "highly gifted conductor", "every cell of his is conducting music", "a conductor expressing music with soul songs", "his gestures have clearly explained the full content of the music", as well as "a conductor for perfectly enjoying music and vision".