Guangzhou Symphony Youth Orchestra European Concert Tour, 2018

Tour Dates: 29th July - 04th August, 2018

The Guangzhou Symphony Youth Orchestra, an affiliate of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, was co-founded in July 2011...

Tour Dates
  • 29th July - 04th August, 2018

Tour Information:
29th July, 19:00, Théâtre antique de Lyon
01st August, 19:00, Théâtre antique de Lyon19:30, Rudolfinum, Prague
04th August, 21:00, Garibaldi Square, Musica Riva Festival

Program

Lyon & Prague Concert
Festive Overture, Op.96 by Dmitry Shostakovich
Reflet d'un Temps Disparu for violoncello and orchestra by Chen Qigang
Cello: Jian Wang
Chinese Folk Dance Suite for violin and orchestra by Chen Yi
Violin: Gao Can
The Three-Cornered Hat Suite No.1 and No.2 by Manuel de Falla
Suite No. 1 
Introduction - Afternoon
Dance of The Miller's Wife (Fandango) 
The Corregidor
The Grapes

Suite No. 2
The Miller’s Dance (Farruca)
Final Dance (Jota)

Musica Riva Festival Concert
Festive Overture, Op.96 by Dmitry Shostakovich
The Maid of Arles Suite No.1 and No.2by Georges Bizet
Carillon (Suite No.1)
Pastorale (Suite No.2)
Farandole (Suite No.2)

Chinese Folk Dance Suite for violin and orchestra by Chen Yi
Violin: Gao Can
The Three-Cornered Hat Suite No.1 and No.2 by Manuel de Falla
Suite No. 1 
Introduction - Afternoon
Dance of The Miller's Wife (Fandango) 
The Corregidor
The Grapes

Suite No. 2
The Miller’s Dance (Farruca)
Final Dance (Jota)

Guangzhou Symphony Youth Orchestra

The Guangzhou Symphony Youth Orchestra (GSYO), an affiliate of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, was co-founded in July 2011 by the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and the Bureau of Education of Guangzhou Municipality. It is the first-ever youth orchestra in China organized and administered by a professional orchestra.
The GSYO’s current Music Director is Huan Jing. She was also titled to the board member of the Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) on behalf of the Chinese Musicians Association.

The GSYO is one of the most distinguished ensembles in China today. GSYO’s rehearsals and training programs take place at the headquarters of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, a multi-venue facility that is one of the most advanced in China. The Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra administers the GSYO following management guidelines of a professional ensemble, planning a regular concert season as well as international exchange and touring.

The founding of the GSYO was made possible by generous support from the Guangdong Provincial Government and the Guangzhou Municipal Government. On May 13, 2012, the GSYO appeared on stage for the first time at the Xinghai Concert Hall. In the 1500 audience of this highly praised inaugural concert were leaders of the municipal and provincial government. To date, the GSYO has performed more than 40 concerts in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macao and other cities in the Guangdong Province. The GSYO performs regularly at the Xinghai Concert Hall. In December 2013, the GSYO and the Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra took part in a cultural exchange project, leading to joint concerts held at the Xinghai Concert Hall and the Macao Cultural Centre. The GSYO and the Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Orchestra held a joint concert at the Xinghai Concert Hall in August 2014, with the GSYO visiting Hong Kong the following month on tour.

In order to sustain growth and development, the GSYO has expanded to 240 members, adding a Junior Orchestra for 10- to 14-year-old young musicians in December 2014.

The GSYO performs regularly at the Xinghai Concert Hall. From September 2015, the Orchestra inaugurated its 2015/16 season, the first-ever youth orchestra in China to have its own full-fledged concert season.

From the GSYO’s inception, many musicians have lent support to its institutional and training programs, among them Long Yu (Music Director, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra), Xian Zhang (Music Director, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi), Shao-Chia Lü (Music Director, Taiwan Philharmonic), Wing-sie Yip (Music Director, Hong Kong Sinfonietta), Guoyong Zhang (Artistic Director, Shanghai Opera House), Yang Yang (Music Director, Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra), Qigang Chen (distinguished composer) and Yun Chen (President, China Chamber Music Society; Concertmaster, China Philharmonic Orchestra). The young musicians have also benefitted from the support of internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang and violinist Maxim Vengerov.

In August 2015, the GSYO was invited by the German Frankfurt Municipal Government and the "Young Euro Classic" Festival to perform two concerts respectively at the Clara Schumann hall of the Dr. Hoch’s Konservatorium, Frankfurt for the Frankfurt-Guangzhou sister cities cultural exchange, and the famous Konzerthaus Berlin in the 16th "Young Euro Classic" Festival. The Orchestra's superb performances were widely praised by the audiences and critics in Germany.

On 20 October 2016, the world’s leading composer and conductor Tan Dun debuted with the GSYO at the Xinghai Concert Hall. The GSYO successfully performed Secret of Wind and Birds (China premiere) which was composed by Tan Dun for the United States National Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2015. Then on October 22, the GSYO was invited to participate in the 19th Beijing Music Festival and perform "In Love with Shakespeare – Symphonic Concert to Commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the Death of William Shakespeare" under the baton of Music Director Huan Jing. This concert was broadcast live to the world via the internet and attracted nearly 200,000 audiences.

Conductor: Jing Huan

Huan Jing has been Resident Conductor of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra since December 2013. She made her critically-acclaimed debut leading the ensemble in collaboration with Maxim Vengerov in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Since then, she has been frequently invited to conduct the China Philharmonic Orchestra and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in subscription concerts and won great acclaims. She has served as Music Director of the Guangzhou Symphony Youth Orchestra since 2014. In 2015, she led the GSYO on a successful European tour, appearing at the Konzerthaus Berlin under the auspices of Young Euro Classic. She was titled to the board member of Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) in July 2016.

Huan has served as Conducting Assistant of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival; she was also the Conducting Assistant of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Artaria Chamber Orchestra. In 2012, she participated in the Campos do Jordão International Festival in São Paulo, Brazil. Her outstanding performance attracted Maestro Marin Alsop's attention and led to an invitation to participate the prestigious Cabrillo Festival in the USA and also serve as Assistant Conductor of the São Paulo State Symphony in 2013.

In the realm of opera, Huan Jing has led the CCM Concert Orchestra in productions of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Puccini’s Turandot. She has also conducted Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.

Huan has collaborated with the Croatian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra and Poland’s Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic. During the summers of 2010 and 2011, she was Assistant Conductor at the CCM Spoleto Festival in Italy. In 2011, Huan received commendations from the Fifth Witold Lutosławski International Competition for Young Conductors and the Fifth Lovro von Matačić International Competition of Young Conductors. In June 2012, Huan was one of two prizewinners at the inaugural Li Delun National Conducting Competition held in Qingdao.

A graduate of the Conducting Department of the Central Conservatory of Music, Huan Jing trained under the tutelage of Professor Xu Xin. In 2009, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she was awarded a full scholarship to continue her doctoral studies.

Cellist: Wang Jian

Jian Wang began to study the cello with his father when he was four. While a student at the Shanghai Conservatoire, he was featured in the celebrated documentary film From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China.  Mr Stern's encouragement and support paved the way for him to go to the United States and in 1985 he entered the Yale School of Music under a special programme where he studied with the renowned cellist Aldo Parisot.

Jian Wang has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including New York Philharmonic, Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, Chicago and Boston Symphonies, Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony, the BBC orchestras, Hallé Orchestra, Zurich Tonhalle, Gothenburg Symphony, Stockholm Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia, La Scala, Mahler Chamber, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Czech Philhamonic, Singapore Symphony, NHK Symphony, Hong Kong, Seoul and Osaka Philharmonic Orchestras. These concerts have been with many of the greatest conductors, such as Abbado, Sawallisch, Jarvi, Chailly, Dutoit, Eschenbach, Chung, Alan Gilbert and Gustavo Dudamel.

Amongst his many high profile concerts in China, he has played for the President and opened the season for the China Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony and Macau Symphony Orchestras.  He has also played with the China National Orchestra, Hangzhou Symphony and performed the complete Bach Cello Suites at the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing.

Jian Wang has made many recordings, his latest releases being the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Sydney Symphony and Vladimir Ashkenazy. He has also recorded an album of short pieces for Cello and Guitar titled “Reverie”, the complete Bach Cello Suites and a Baroque Album with the Camerata Salzburg, Brahms Double Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado and Gil Shaham, the Haydn Concerti with the Gulbenkian Orchestra under Muhai Tang, Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time (with Myung-Whun Chung, Gil Shaham and Paul Meyer) and Brahms, Mozart and Schumann chamber music with Pires and Dumay. His instrument is graciously loaned to him by the family of the late Mr. Sau-Wing Lam.

Violinst: Gao Can

"Mr. Gao Can has already established himself as a consummate artist. For me, his uncompromising and dedicating professionalism, as well as his exceptional talent, are nothing but beyond doubt"

- Kurt Masur, conductor


"He is a genius [the likes of which are] few and far between. His performance is often imbued with enriched color, impeccable technical command, and immaculate interpretation. He will be able to make enormous contribution to the violin scenes of both China and the world."

- Lin Yaoji, the late violin professor

"It was such enjoyment to listen to your playing!"

- Augustine Dumay, violinist

Widely recognized as one of the most talented violinists of his generation, Mr. GAO Can enjoys an international career during which he has appeared with major orchestras and at prestigious venues and festivals throughout the world.

The orchestras he has collaborated with include the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Rostock Philharmonic Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Teatro di San Carlo Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, China Central Oprea Symphony Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra among others. He has also performed at notable music festivals such as the Verbier Festival, Beethoven Festival in Bonn, the Salzburg Festival, Attersee Festival, Korea Tongyeong International Festival, and the Festival Internacional de Jazz de Getxo.

He has performed at such prestigious venues as Berliner Philharmonie, the Berlin Opera House, Hamberg Concert Hall, Salzburger Festspiele, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Lincoln Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Royal Concert Hall in Sweden, the Lyon Opera House, Symphony Centre in Chicago, Hong Kong Cultural Center, and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. The musicians he performed with include Mischa Maisky, Yuri Bashmet, Charles Dutoit, just to name a few.

In recent years Mr. GAO has dedicated a great deal of his time and effort to mentoring the next generation of violinists through teaching, lecturing and giving masterclasses. He was the youngest-ever Associate Professor at Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music; from 2007 to 2012, he was also the youngest professor granted foreign-guest teaching status on Cincinnati University’s music faculty. He has held lectures, seminars and workshops at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the University of Northern Colorado, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shanghai Orchestra Academy, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, the University of Macau, The Xinghai Conservatory of Music Guangzhou, the University of Taipei and so on. At Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts alone, he has given more than 60 events including concerts, seminars and masterclasses. Mr. GAO also serves as the Music Director of the Poly WeDo Music Education Programme established by the Poly Cultural Group, nurturing violinists of the next generation.

Mr. GAO’s achievement in violin performance and pedagogy has been recognized by numerous institutions. He was appointed the ambassador of the Verbier Festival Orchestra and has become the only official ambassador of Chinese nationality. In 2015 he was elected the new committee member of the Violin Society of the Chinese Musicians Association. As one of the very symbol of Chinese young musicians, he was included in the “Impression China” series of the China Post Office, which published a set of personal stamp and postcards entitled “Chinese Cultural Artists”. In March 2015, Mr. GAO was invited to the closing ceremony at the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) to perform in front of 17 national leaders and thousands of political and business leaders from all over the world. He is also the committee member of the Violin Society of the Chinese Musicians Association.

The China Recording Arts Association (CRA) has released a number of albums for him. The latest ones released in 2017 include Beethoven’s and Brahms’s Violin Concertos and the Beethoven Sonata cycle.

Mr.Gao’s teachers include the late Prof. LIN Yaoji, Prof. Kurt Sassmannshaus and Prof. Zakhar Bron. He plays the 1617 ‘Lobkowicz’ Amati sponsored by the Bein & Fushi-Stradivary Society.

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