|Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, Tang Muhai, 2011/2013|
Tour Dates: 10 - 20 January, 2013
The Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1958 by the Zhejiang provincial government, at that time involving only 30 persons. Over years, several generations of musicians made great efforts to shape the orchestra that now consists of 105 performers
13. Jan. 2013, 20:00 , Berlin Konzerthaus, Germany
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relation between China and Germany, Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra will draw a conclusion of the Chinese Culture Year in Germany by giving a closing concert at the beginning of 2013. Afterwards, Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra is invited to perform for the 40th anniversary celebration of diplomatic relation between China and Spain. They will be bringing The Moon Reflected on the Er Quan Spring, Festival Overture and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and other classical Chinese and Western compositions to the Spanish audience.
As a part of its European Tour in 2013, the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra will have the honor to perform the Closing Concert of the Chinese Cultural Year in Germany. A brand new arrangement of Gustav Mahler's DAS LIED VON DER ERDE, with Chinese traditional instruments integrated for the first time, will be presented in the Konzerthaus Berlin on 13th January 2013. Immediately after, the orchestra will travel to Spain to participate in a special concert in Madrid in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between China and Spain.
Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, China
The Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1958 by the Zhejiang Provincial Government, at which time it only consisted of 30 members. Over the years, with great efforts made by several generations of musicians, the orchestra has gradually expanded its size to 105 members and significantly improved its professional quality and artistic capability.
The Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra has worked with many top-level conductors in China such as Muhai Tang, Chen Xieyang, Zheng Xiaoying, Zhang Guoyong,Yu Feng, Huang Yijun, Huang Xiaotong, Fan Chengwu, Shuilan and Lin Youshen. There also have been successful collaborations with world-renowned conductors from Japan, America, Canada, Italy, Australia, etc.
In addition to the world classical symphonic works, the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra also devotes itself to develop the traditional local folk music and fuse it with symphonies. It created and recomposed a number of symphonic works with rich regional flavor such as "The Primitive Hunting Picture", "A Dream of Boudoir", "Flying Partridge" etc., which have been highly appreciated by the audience. Because of this innovative approach, the orchestra has distinguished itself with a strong regional and cultural characteristic.
Artist Director/Principal Conductor: Muhai Tang
Muhai Tang's international recognition began when Herbert von Karajan invited him to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in its 1983 subscription series. This success led to his repetitive appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic and numerous invitations from the world's leading orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Sydney Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestras among many others. He has performed as a guest conductor on four continents and at various music festivals in Prague, Berlin, Edinburgh, Verona, Bergen and Beijing. He is a favourite to the audience and other musicians alike, with an engaging stage presence and graceful and natural technique. He has worked with many great artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Martha Argerich and Anne-Sophie Mutter, to name just a few.
Muhai Tang has an extraordinarily wide repertoire, conducting works from Bach to contemporary composers. He recently concluded his tenure as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, which gave him an opportunity to explore the chamber orchestra music that he always holds dear. He has received great acclaim for his performances of Joseph Haydn in particular. Previously Muhai Tang he has also held Principal Conductor position with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, China National Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Orchestra in Australia and the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon. He was Principal Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra for 12 years, from 1987 to 2000, enhancing the orchestra's reputation with international tours and recordings.
Among Muhai Tang's many recordings, the Guitar Concertos by Tan Dun and Christopher Rouse, with Sharon Isbin and the Gulbenkian Orchestra, for Teldec, was awarded a Grammy in 2002.
Currently, Muhai Tang is Chief Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic and Artistic Director of the Shanghai Philharmonic. From September 2009, he began to take the role of Principal Guest Conductor of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. He became the Artistic Director of the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra in July 2009.
Stefan Vinke, Tenor
Stefan Vinke studied church music, pedagogy and vocal at the University of Music in Cologne. Afterwards, he had engagements in Karlsruhe and Mönchengladbach. In 2000, he was rewarded with the award "Young Singer of the Year" by the international opera magazine "opera world". Since his debut as Siegfried in the Ring in 2006 at the Cologne Opera, Vinke was celebrated for his brilliant interpretation of the role in Venice, Lisbon, Strasbourg, Weimar, Berlin and at the Salzburg Easter Festival 2010.
At the Leipzig Opera, Vinke in recent years featured in the roles of Tristan, Rienzi, Parsifal, Lohengrin, Bacchus and Don José. Ever since he made his debut in 2010 as Walther（von Stolzing）, Stefan Vinke belongs to the few tenors who sing and cultivate the entire dramatic repertoire of Richard Wagner. In summer 2011, he sang in Bayreuth Meistersinger (von Stolzing) and Tristan und Isolde (Tristan).
In addition to the presence on the operatic stage, Stefan Vinke is a sought after concert singer whose repertoire includes all periods of music history. His concert tours have taken him through all of Europe, as well as North, Central and South America, Asia and Israel.
Iris Vermillion, Alto
Since her international breakthrough as Dorabella and Cherubino with conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Amsterdam, Iris Vermillion became a much sought after guest at important opera houses such as the Deutsche Staatsoper Unter den Linden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bavarian State Opera, the Vienna State Opera, Dresden's Semper Opera and at La Scala.
Vermillion had obtained many important engagements in Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Bonn, Vienna, Leipzig, Madrid and Barcelona. She had also participated in Mozart's Idomeneo (Idamante) arranged by R. Strauss and L. Wallerstein at the Semper Opera and the Salzburg Festival in 2006, Salome / Herodias in new productions at the Munich State Opera and the Teatro alla Scala, and Tristan and Isolde under Kurt Masur in Paris and at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville.
For her skillful interpretation of the title role in Schoeck's PENTHESILEA at the Semperoper in Dresden in November 2008, Iris Vermillion was awarded with the renowned German Theatre Prize "Der Faust" in the category of best singer performance for musical theater.
Numerous recordings document the versatility of the artist, like in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Georg Solti (Decca), Mahler's SONG OF THE EARTH with the Staatskapelle Dresden under Giuseppe Sinopoli (DG) and Wagner's MEISTERSINGER with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti (Decca) - a recording which was awarded with the Grammy.
Dizi Soloist: Jiang Guoji
Guoji Jiang is a prominent Dizi virtuoso in China and holds numerous titles in different institutions. Since 2009, he has become the artistic consultant for the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra.
Guoji Jiang studied under the instruction of the renowned Dizi master Songting Zhao. His talent was first discovered at the National Music Competition in 1976, with his excellent performance of "Boat Song of the Water Region". Since then, he has steadily built up his fame and reputation by winning awards one after another in many competitions.
Guoji Jiang appreciates and embraces diversity and innovation. Not only is he a great Dizi master known for his unique style, he is also an accomplished player of various other wind instruments such as Xiao, Bawu, whistle, and clarinet. He and his colleagues were awarded the Third Prize of Scientific and Technological Progress for their invention of the Giant Flute, which was recognized as the world's largest flute by the Guinness World Records.
Guoji Jiang has participated in tours and concerts in over 60 countries. As a highly respected maestro, he is frequently invited to the judging panel of a number of high profile traditional music competitions in China.
Erhu soloist- Xu Hui
Xu Hui joined the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in 2006 and now she is the deputy principal erhu player. She graduated from the renowned Central Conservatory of Music (China) and obtained a Master degree of erhu. Presently, she serves as a professor at the Central Conservatory of Music as well as the University of Nanking.
Xu's excellent performances won her several significant music competitions in China. In 2006, she collaborated with Swedish pianist Robert Wells in the New Year Concert in the Great Hall of the People. She has also held many solo recitals in major cities around China.
In 2009, Xu Hui gave a concert at the Hong Kong City Hall. In the same year, she released her album Moonlight Flower. In 2012, she performed at a special event under the theme of environmental protection with a recycled erhu. Besides erhu performances, Xu hui also devoted herself to vocal and theater projects.