Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra First large-scale China Tour finalizes successfully

The world famous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (VPO) has remarkably concluded its first large-scale tour in China of its history. With the strong support of Shenzhen Concert Hall, Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art Centre, Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts and Macau Cultural Centre, VPO presented ten fantastic symphonic concerts to music lovers in 5 cities and its debut performances in Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Nanjing. It was also the first time conductor Andris Nelsons ever came to China. Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performed two classic opera works for its long-awaited fans in China: Leonore No.3 overture Op.72b by Ludwig van Beethoven and Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod by Richard Wagner. Besides, there were also three symphonic works: Symphony No. 7 in A major Op.92; Symphony No. 8 in F major Op.93 by Ludwig van Beethoven and Ein Heldenleben Op.40 by Richard Strauss.


A welcome banquet for 110 musicians from Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, organized by Shenzhen Concert Hall, Culture, Sports and Tourism Administration of Shenzhen and Wu Promotion.


Maestro Andris Nelsons and chairman of VPO, Mr. Daniel Froschauer signed their names on the poster of this welcome banquet.

VPO started its 2017 China tour in Shenzhen Concert Hall (19 and 20 Oct) and in Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall (21 and 22 Oct). In Guangzhou, the orchestra besides achieved to sign a strategic partnership agreement with the Concert Hall.


Ms. Yihuan Wu, Vice Mayor of Shenzhen and Mr. Heyun Zhang, director of Culture, Sports and Tourism Administration of Shenzhen attended the concert.


A strategic partnership agreement between Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.


Andris Nelsons signed his name for Xinghai Concert Hall.


Andris Nelsons, loved and admired by Chinese music lovers.

On its fifth visit to Shanghai, VPO spent two sensational nights with the audience of the Shanghai Oriental Art Centre (24 and 25 Oct). Ending the tour, as one of the biggest performances in the opening season of Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts, VPO attracted nearly 3,000 music fans in its first visit to Nanjing (26 and 27 Oct).


VPO in Shanghai Oriental Art Center.


Mr. Daniel Froschauer, chairman of VPO, and Mr. Michael Bladerer, General Manager of VPO, giving gifts on behalf of the orchestra. Ms. Aihua Liu, Programme Supervisor of SHOAC and Ms. Na Dong, assistant of GM of SHOAC receiving gifts and taking photos together.


VPO won enthusiastic applause in JSCPA


The artists are enjoying traditional Chinese culture

And finally, the orchestra was invited to the 31st Macao International Music Festival, closing the tour with two last concerts on 29 to 30 Oct.


The programbook of the Macao concert


Mr. Xiaoming Liang and Mr. Zijian Yang, Director and Deputy Director of Bureau of Culture in Macao, Ms. Monika Mueller-Fembeck, Consul General of Austria in Hong Kong and Macao, Mr. Dieter Lamlé, Consul General of Germany in Hong Kong and Macao, Maestro Andris Nelsons, Mr. Michael Bladerer, GM of VPO took a photo in Macao Culture Center


Attending Banquet after their first concert finished in Macao


Attending Farewell Reception

Apart from ten concerts, VPO also offered master classes, fans-meetings and public welfare concerts, showing the affinity and boosting the cultural exchanges between China and Austria.



Having a friendly ping-pong match under the invitation of Shenzhen Concert Hall


Communicating with musicians from Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra


Giving master classes for young students in Xinghai Conservatory of Music under the invitation of the concert hall

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