Chen Zuohuang Maestro Chen Zuohuang started his early piano study at the Middle School Attached to Central Conservatory in Beijing, and later graduated from the Conservatory's Conducting Department. At the recommendation of Maestro Seiji Ozawa, Chen went to the United States to study at the Tanglewood Music Center and at the School of Music, University of Michigan. He has the honor the first person ever to have received the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Michigan in 1985, as well as becoming the first Doctor of Musical Arts of P. R. China.
1987, Maestro Chen assumed the position of conductor of the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China and let it on a historic tour covering 24 cities in the United States, including New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angles. He also led more than a dozen of orchestral tour in Europe, America and Asia with the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China, the China National Symphony Orchestra, the China Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, the Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra of S. korea, and the Hamburg Youth Orchestra.
Since 1980s, Maestro Chen has been the conductor of the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China, Music Director of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. Maestro Chen was also the founding Artistic Director of the China National Symphony Orchestra. He was also the Music Director of UNAM Philharmonic Orchestra in Mexico City, Artistic Director of Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, and Music Director of Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Artistic Director of Guiyang Symphony Orchestra, and chief conductor of National Centre of the Performing Arts Orchestra in Beijing.
Maestro Chen is a much sought-after musician and has been invited to be guest conductor several dozens orchestras around the world. He also has been invited as the jury member of international musical competitions. Maestro Chen's art of conducting has won praises form audience and musicians wherever he works. Aiming at development and enhancement of symphony in China, Maestro Chen is also Artistic Director of Guiyang Symphony Orchestra. The persistent enthusiasm to introducing and promoting Chinese symphonic music and young musical talents to the world made him a respected and welcome musical figure worldwide.
Maestro Chen is also the Artistic Director (Music) of China's National Centre of the Performing Arts. Since 2010 Maestro Chen has been Principal Conductor of China NCPA Orchestra.
Liang Ning One of the brightest mezzo-sopranos on the current opera scene, Liang Ning has already been heard in many of the world's leading opera houses. She is well known for her role as Suzuki in the recent film, Madama Butterfly. Ms. Liang started her European career at the Hamburg State Opera and Vienna State Opera where she has sung Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Romeo in I Capuletti ed I Montecchi, Jenny in Mahagonny, and Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos. She has sung Idamante in Idomeneo at Teatro La Scala where she has also performed Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. Ms. Liang debuted at the Metropolitan Opera as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, which was broadcast worldwide. Ms. Liang has also performed with Berlin State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Semper Opera Dresden, the Bavarian State Opera, as well as opera houses in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Marseilles, Bologna, Helsinki, Tel Aviv, Washington, Philadelphia, and Toronto.
Ms. Liang is also an active concert and recital singer, and has worked with Giuseppe Sinopoli, Gary Bertini, Riccardo Muti, Sir Colin Davis, Christian Thielemann, Eliahu Inbal, Peter Schreier, Gerd Albrecht, and James Colon. She has also sung in many important European festivals such as Wiener Festwochen, Bregenz Music Festival, Schleswig - Holstein Music Festival, Savonlinna Music Festival, and festivals in Dresden, Ludwigsburg, Bad Kissingen, Athens, and Rheingau.
Ms. Liang is a winner of the Metropolitan National Council Competition, the Mirjam Helin Competition, the Musician's Emergency Competition, the Rosa Ponselle International Vocal Competition, the Loren L. Zachery Competition, and the Luciano Pavarotti Competition.
Ms. Liang received a Masters of Music from the Juilliard School in New York, and was a member of the American Opera Center. She has recorded a series of CDs, including Giacomo Meyerbeer Mélodies, Giuseppe Verdi's Romanza e Canzonette, and Mahler's Symphony No.2 and No.8, as well as numerous television programs.
Sun Xiuwei Sun Xiuwei was studying vocal composition under a famous opera sopranist in Milan, Italy. She competed many kinds of contests around the world within less than two years and won first prize six times. In 1994, she began her opera career in Europe with her first singing engagement of G. Verdi's La Traviata at the Tokyo Opera House. She sang Norma, La Traviata, La Forza Del Destino, Trovatore, Atilla, Sucr Angelica, Andrea chenier, Macbeth, Turandot, Pagliacci, Requiem. She, also, sang Madama Butterfly by G.Puccini, after it's first night in Verona Di Arena, Italy, 1997, and it was played more than two hundred performances around the world. She sang at opera houses in Roma, Bologna, Palermo, Trieste, Genova, Venice, Torre Di Lago, Catania, Verona, Italy; Berlin, Bonn and Carlsruhe, Germany; Nizza, France; Zurich, Switzerland; Oslo, Norway; Helsinky, Finland; Bilbao, Spain; Serbia; Washington, Los Angeles, Detroit, Philadelphia in the United States; Toronto, Canada; and Santiago, Chili. She worked with famous cantors like Arena, Bartoletti, Domingo, Gatti, Nagano, Oren, Palombo, Renzetti, Rizzi e Santi. She is one of the few Chinese sopranists that is still active on European opera stages.
China National Symphony Orchestra China National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO) is one of the most outstanding professional symphony orchestras in China. Originally founded as the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China in 1956, the orchestra was restructured and renamed in 1996. Leading the CNSO into the future are Director Guan Xia (Composer), Principal Conductor Michel Plasson, Laureate Conductor Muhai Tang, Principal Resident Conductor Li Xincao, Principal Guest Conductor En Shao as well as Guest Conductor Chen Xieyang.
For almost half a century, the CNSO has introduced Chinese audiences to a vast repertoire of classical, romantic, modern and contemporary orchestral works by both Western and Asian composers. Throughout its history, the CNSO has collaborated with many world famous artists in order to bring excellence to its audiences. CNSO audiences have been thrilled by famous conductors such as Ormandy, Herbert von Karajan, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur, Slatkin, Rozhestvendsky, Schwarz and Peress. Other well - known guest artists have included composer and conductor Krzystof Penderecki, instrumentalists David Oistrakh, Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Mutter, Martha Argerich, Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Shaham, Wang Jian, Lang Lang, Li Yundi, Lin Choliang and Lindemann.
The CNSO has toured throughout the USA, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Australia, Mexico, Japan, DPR of Korea, Republic of Korea, Malaysia and Thailand, giving successful performances to critical acclaim by the international press. In London, a music critic for The Times praised the CNSO as 'a mature group with a vital sound'. American music critics noted that 'the CNSO is an honorable member of the world music stage'. In Europe, critics headlined the orchestra as 'a great orchestra appears among the Kings of Orchestral Music'.
NPCA Chorus NCPA Chorus was established in December 8, 2009, whose members are carefully selected from music schools around China. Now the Chorus has Wu Lingfen as the conductor, with many artists well - known in China and abroad giving instructions. Affiliated to NCPA, the highest palace of performing arts in China, the Chorus adheres to NCPA's guiding principles of "for the people, for the arts, and for the world". The Chorus mainly stages operas and concerts, and also takes part in kinds of cultural communication events. Ever since its establishment, the Chorus has taken part in the performances of the music and dance epic Road to Revive. Then, on May 2nd, 2010, the Chorus presented its debut performance in the Concert Hall of NCPA, and later the "2010 NCPA Opera Festival Concert", "Roam About the Classics - Chorus Classics in the Opera World: China NCPA Concert Hall Orchestra and Chorus Concert", the "NCPA Chorus Concert for the Army Day", to name just a few. As a crucial group in the artistic production of NCPA, the Chorus has taken part in and gained critical acclaim from the performances of NCPA's original opera Xi Shi conducted by Chen Zuohuang, French opera Carmen, La Traviata conducted by Lorin Maazel, and L' elisir d' Amore conducted by Lu Jia.
The Chorus offers over a hundred performances in 2010 with the highlights including various concerts in the autumn season, performances in the NCPA version of Turandot and NCPA original opera Xi Shi at the end of this year, among others, which would surely contribute to the development of NCPA.
China NCPA Concert Hall Orchestra In spring 2010, China NCPA Orchestra unveiled to public. NCPA's Artistic Director of Music, Maestro Chen Zuohuang is the orchestra's Principal Conductor, and Singapore - born conductor Joshua Kangming Tan is engaged as the Residential Conductor. More than half of its musicians have oversea experiences, together with a number of excellent artists who have won national and international competitions. The orchestra performs in most of NCPA's own productions of operas and ballets, together with presenting its own concert series under the name of China NCPA Concert Hall Orchestra.
The orchestra's first public performance was in NCPA Opera Festival 2010, in which the orchestra performed in Xi Shi, Carmen, La Traviata, and l'Elisir d'Amore, their performances won great acclaim from world - top artists including Lorin Maazel and Christoph Eschenbach. Afterwards in 2010, the orchestra performed in NCPA's production of Turandot, NCPA's original dance drama Marco Polo, and Don Quixote (ballet) with Dutch National Ballet.
Under the name of China NCPA Concert Hall Orchestra, concerts with famous artists such as the principal soloists from Berlin Philharmoniker, legendary baritone Leo Nucci, and pianist Yuja Wang opened the orchestra's first concert series. Afterwards, the orchestra held concerts with a spectrum of repertoire ranged from Baroque pieces to contemporary works, under famous maestros such as Lorin Maazel, Gunter Herbig, together with top artists including Stephen Kovacevich, Lu Siqing, Ning Feng, Zhao Jing, etc. The orchestra also participated 'NCPA May Festival' and 'Roam about the Classics' series concert, plus the cross - over concerts with Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi and 'Around the World with Disney' concerts won enthusiastic response from younger audiences. After the successful performance of La Traviata in June, Maestro Lorin Maazel immediately decided to return to Beijing in September 2010 to conduct two successful concerts with the orchestra, and further cooperation between Maestro Maazel and China NCPA Orchestra is planning.
China NCPA Orchestra is also devoted to educational and outreach activities. The orchestra has presented a series of successful weekend educational matinee concerts since September 2010 under Joshua Kangming Tan. With a carefully selected repertoire blended with famous masterpieces and rarely performed works, those concerts won great acclaim from both audience and critics. China NCPA Orchestra made its first appearance outside Beijing in December 2010. Under the invitation of Hainan Provincial Government, Maestro Chen Zuohuang conducted two concerts in Haikou, Hainan Province on Dec. 29th and 30th, won great acclaim both in Hainan Province and nationwide. Then in January 2011, the orchestra joined the tour of NCPA's production of Turandot to S. Korea, presented four successful performances under the baton of Li Xincao. The NCPA aims to build a world class orchestra with operation and management conforms to global practices, albeit with Chinese characteristics.