On Jan. 16th 2011, 19:30, the Credit Suisse Beijing New Year Concert, 2011 will appear on the stage in the Forbidden City Concert Hall. Wu Promotion has been in charge of Credit Suisse's New Year Concerts for a period of four year period, this year, internationally acclaimed Latin American composer Enrique Bátiz and Artistic Director of the Symphony Orchestra of India, eminent violin soloist Marat Bisengaliev will collaborate with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra to perform French famous composer Saint-Saëns' Concierto P/Violin Nª 3. For ticket booking, please call +86 10 5165 0798
Beijing Symphony Orchestr
Beijing Symphony Orchestra (BSO) was founded in October 1977 and is one of the most renowned orchestras in the China. Being the symphony orchestra of the nation’s capital, the BSO has attracted many musicians of great artistic record. The orchestra has gained high acclaim and wide praise from audiences around the world for its high artistic standard, wide repertoire, and uniquely Chinese articulation. Each year, the orchestra presents over 80 major concert events. In addition, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra has taken part in countless international cultural exchanges on behalf of both the nation of China and its capital city.
The BSO completed three greatly successful tours in Europe and received worldwide critical acclaim for its outstanding performances. In its long-term musical aspirations and activities, the BSO has benefited through cooperation with numerous symphony orchestras and conductors from both home and abroad. They include: the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra; the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; the London Philharmonic Orchestra; the Germany Broadcasting Union Symphony Orchestra; and the Australia ABC Symphony Orchestra. The foreign maestros working with the BSO include: Evgeny Svtlanov (Russia); Arnold Kats (Russia); Jean Perisson (France); Herbert Zipper (USA).
In Germany, Suddentsche Zeitung commented on the excellence of the performance of BSO. From a review out of Rosenheim, Germany: “the Beijing Symphony Orchestra could not be called anything other than a world-class orchestra. This sizeable orchestra produced an impressive sound, with clear notes framed in a rigorous structure”.
Conductor: Enrique Bátiz
At the age of 60, Enrique Bátiz is one of the most famous orchestra conductors in Latin America and no doubt he is a gifted artist who has won international popularity and fame.
Enrique Bátiz was born in Mexico City in 1942 and gave his first public performance, a piano concerto, at the age of 5. Over the course of his career he has acted as director of the Orquesta Filharmonica de la Ciudad de Mexico, Orquesta Filharmonica del Estado de Mexico and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1971 he founded Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico (OSEM) and was the conductor of the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra for 12 years (1971 - 1983), then of the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra for 7 years (1983 - 1989) and resumed directorship of the OSEM from 1990 to the present. Since 1984, he was named “guest conductor” of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and as an invited guest conductor, he has led more than 500 symphony orchestras around the world. Together with OSEM he has managed to seduce audiences with Mexican music in China, Germany, France, Poland, Spain and major cities in United States during an extensive tour of 48 concerts in 2008.
The repertory of Enrique Bátiz as a conductor ranges from classical to contemporary. He has been described as an artist who conducts with vehemence and enthusiasm, manifesting a deep understanding, exceptional even among the finest conductors.
Bátiz’s recordings with the OSEM demonstrate their wide repertoire, which includes the European masters as well as Mexican heritage music by Ponce, Revueltas, Moncayo, Galindo and Chavez. Major projects have included the recording of the complete works of Joaqui Rodrigo and the essential works of Rossini and Verdi. French charme works by Dukas, Chabier, Ravel and Debussy sit alongside major orchestral pieces by Wagner or Borodin. Complete symphonies by Beethoven, Tchaikovski, Brahms and Schumann have also featured in Bátiz's concert tours.
In recognition for his work as a conductor, Enrique Bátiz has over the course of his career received a number of important distinction and awards. Among these awards are “La primera Presea Bienal in Art” from the State of Mexico Confederation of Professionals; “The International Gold Mercury” award of Rome; The Jose Marti and the Tlatelolco's Eagle Medal etc.
Violin soloist: Marat Bisengaliev
Described recently by The Times as a "brilliant violin soloist", Marat Bisengaliev has also been designated "a Latter-day Ysaye" by the American Journal Fanfare.
The New York Times says that "He has taken to heart a style of playing that wasa hallmark of violin virtuosity early in the century, and is only now coming backinto favour after several decades in the shadow of a more drily rational style".
Born in Kazakhstan , USSR , in 1962 and making a startling debut at the age of nine, he later studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow with two of the legendary names in violin tuition: Boris Belinki and Valery Klimov.
Marat Bisengaliev was a prizewinner in 1988 at the Leipzig International Bach Competition, and in 1991 won first prize at the International Nicanor Zabaleta Competition in Spain, also receiving the special virtuoso prize for the most outstanding performance of the competition.
In 1989 he founded the Kazakh Chamber Orchestra with whom he toured as a soloist throughout Europe . In 1991 he settled in England and has since performed with most of the major orchestras making his concerto debut in England , playing the Beethoven concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. His performances are frequently broadcasted on radio and television throughout the world.
A major recording contract was signed in 1991 with Naxos and Marco Polo. His recording of the Mendelssohn concertos with the Northern Sinfonia became Gramophone Critic's Choice of the year in 1998. Fanfare nominated his recording of the concerto by the British composer Havergal Brian with the BBC Scottish S.O. "Elgar - Re-discovered works for violin - Vol. 1" (Black Box) was nominated for the 1999 "Gramophone Award".
The "Elgar - Re-discovered works for violin - Vol. 2" (Black Box) has been released to great critical acclaim and is one of five recordings recently highly recommended by Classic FM. Marat Bisengaliev was awarded a Gold.
Disc from Sony BMG for the latest release Tlep premiered in Albert Hall.
In 2000, he received the 1st Independent "Platinum Tarlan" Award and the Government "Medal of Honour" in Kazakhstan. In 2003, Marat Bisengaliev founded the West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra. Their first CD was released on EMI “Requiem” by Karl Jenkins which became No.1 in Classic Sales Chart and No.1 in “Hall of Fame” on Classic FM magazine.
In 2006 Marat became Artistic Director of the Symphony Orchestra of India (Mumbai), the first professional full time Symphony Orchestra in India. Recent tours have taken him to USA , Kazakhstan , Poland , Japan , India , Italy , Ukraine and New Zealand including live televised concerts. Marat Bisengaliev has given concerts in over 35 countries with orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish, The Philharmonia, Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, BBC Ulster, Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland playing in some of the most prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Waterfront, Sheffield City Hall and the "Last Night of the Proms" in Dublin and Leeds.
Highlights for 2008-2009 include concerts in New-Zealand, USA, Kazakhstan, Spain, South Korea, Japan, India, Russia, Thailand and the UK.