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This November, the China NCPA Orchestra, led by its Chief Conductor, Lü Jia, will make its historic North America debut in seven major concert venues in Chicago, Washington D.C., New York, Philadelphia, Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal.

As the resident orchestra at Beijing’s magnificent National Centre for the Performing Arts, China NCPA Orchestra, since its establishment in 2010, has demonstrated an abiding commitment to the highest levels of artistic excellence and takes pride in the critical acclaim that it gained from its performances in all NCPA’s opera productions and symphonic concerts. With the most distinguished Chinese soloist Siqing Lu and Yuja Wang, as well as the promising Chinese Canadian rising star Xiaoyu Liu, the orchestra will offer a varied program of Chinese contemporary music and classic symphonic works on tour this season.

Chen Ping
President, China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts

On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of thediplomatic relations between China and the United States, as well as the successful conclusion of the 2013/14 China-Canada Cultural Series program,China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) Orchestra,led by its Chief Conductor LüJia, sets off on its historic first tour to the United States and Canada.

As one of China’s most dynamic orchestras, the NCPA Orchestra, formed of some of the nation’s finest young musicians, is excited to interact with their friends and audiences from North Americanduring this tour and celebrate their shared passion for music and friendship.

While embracing rapid economic growth, China also attaches great importance to the thriving of culture and arts. As a great example of China’s renewed passion and effort in culture and arts since its reform and opening-up, the NCPA has created enormous opportunities for both established and emerging Chinese artists to transform their artistic aspirations into substantial presentations, and successfully extend its reach to international collaboration and achieved acclamation from its global partners. For seven years since its establishment, NCPA has been working “for the people, for thearts and for the world”, as its motto says, enhancing cooperation with renowned institutions of performing arts across the world. Resident orchestras of landmark concert halls that the NCPA Orchestra will visit during this tour, including Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Washington’s National Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and Canada’s NAC Orchestra, have all presented their fascinating performances on the NCPA stage before. Therefore, this North American Tour is also a reciprocal visit to respond to the good will of thesefriendly partners.

Music knows no boundary, and beautiful melodies will draw the people of the United States and Canadacloser to Chinese culture. I sincerely believe that this Tour will bring China-US and China-Canada cultural exchange to a new high, and leave brilliant marks in the memories of the people in these three countries. Hereby, on behalf of the NCPA, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the arts institutions and partners for your great efforts to make this Tour a reality. I wish the North American Tour of the NCPA Orchestraa complete success.


China NCPA Orchestra

Chief Conductor: LÜ Jia

Conductor Laureate: Chen Zuohuang

China NCPA Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Beijing. Established in March 2010, the orchestra consists of highly accomplished musicians from around the world, who perform in more than a dozen opera productions presented by its home venue each year as well as in ballets and regular orchestral concerts in its own season. With a notably busy schedule, the young ensemble has fast established itself as one of the most adventurous and dynamic orchestras in the country. Lü Jia took up the post of Chief Conductor in February 2011, succeeding Chen Zuohuang, the current Conductor Laureate, NCPA’s Music Director and also one of the founders of the orchestra. Yuan Ding was appointed Assistant Conductor in the same year.

The NCPA Orchestra demonstrates an abiding commitment to the highest levels of artistic excellence and takes pride in its long-term collaborations with the finest musicians of our time. Artists associated with the orchestra in the past two years have included Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Gunter Herbig, Gilbert Varga, Lang Lang, Stephen Kovacevich, Leo Nucci, Yuja Wang and Han-Na Chang, among many others. Maestro Lorin Maazel praised the orchestra for its “amazing professionalism and great passion in music”. After working with them in a series of concerts and the NCPA’s new production of La Traviata in June 2010.Maestro Christoph Eschenbach also declared it “one of the finest orchestras in Asia”.

In 2011 alone, the first season after its establishment, China NCPA Orchestra gained critical acclaim for its performances in NCPA’s new productions of Tosca (directed by Giancarlo Del Monaco), The Barber of Seville (co-produced with Castleton Festival), Die Fledermaus, and a newly commissioned opera The Chinese Orphan. In addition, the orchestra also played a key part in NCPA’s 2011 Gustav Mahler Project, performing his Symphonies No. 1, 2, 3, 8 and 10 under the batons of Christoph Eschenbach, Yoel Levi, Jun Maerkl and Chen Zuohuang respectively. These were followed by performance of two Wagner operas in 2012, in their Chinese premieres, Der fliegende Holländer and Lohengrin. Most recently in 2013, the orchestra presented varied programmes marking major anniversaries of Wagner, Verdi and Britten, including a performance of the mammoth Ring without Words under the baton of its creator, Lorin Maazel. It continues to build on important partnerships with prominent musicians such as Mehta, Eschenbach, Ashkenazy, Placido Domingo .

Another important field of work that the orchestra has explored extensively in the short period of time since its establishment is the creation and promotion of contemporary music. Having presented the Chinese premieres of major works by Toru Takemitsu and Giya Kancheli, in 2013 it gave the world premieres of ten substantial new orchestral works commissioned by the NCPA, written by composers from across the globe including Michael Gordon, Augusta Read Thomas, Kalevi Aho, and Joby Talbot. It has also played a major role in the NCPA's annual Young Composers Programme, providing a unique platform nurturing the next generation of Chinese composers.

Most recently, the NCPA Orchestra has flexed its wings on the international stage with high-profile touring work, receiving widespread international praise for its performances. In 2012, the orchestra was invited by Kissingen Summer Music Festival and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and its first German tour continued with concerts in Nürnberg, Hamburg and Berlin, followed by appearances at the Sydney Opera House. In 2013, the orchestra undertook its first Asian tour with concerts in Singapore, Seoul and Macau. During the 2014/15 season, the orchestra will participate in NCPA's opera productions including Eugene Onegin, Aida and Cavalleria Rusticana, as well as appearing on concert stage with conductors and soloists such as Lu Jia, Zubin Mehta, Christoph Eschenbach, Myun-Whung Chun, Anthony Wit, Lang Lang, Jian Wang and Yuja Wang. The orchestra will also embark on its very first North American tour, under the baton of its Chief Conductor Lü Jia.

With its commitment to educational and outreach activities, the Orchestra has presented a series of Weekend Matinee Concerts at its home venue since its establishment. With specially selected programmes and accessible ticket prices, these have become extremely popular with Beijing audiences new to classical music. Current plans in this context include a new series highlighting the Beethoven symphony cycle, led by its Chief Conductor, Lü Jia. In addition, the Orchestra frequently initiates wide-reaching educational projects in association with educational institutions across the city.

LÜ Jia

Chief Conductor, China NCPA Orchestra

Lü Jia is the Chief Conductor of China NCPA Orchestra as well as Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Macao Orchestra. In the past, he has served as Music Director of Verona Opera in Italy, and Artistic Director of the Santa Cruz De Tenerife Symphony Orchestra in Spain.

Lü Jia has conducted nearly 2000 orchestral concerts and opera performances in Europe and the United States. He has worked with such renowned opera houses and symphony orchestras as: La Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Munich Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell’ Accademia di Santa Cecilia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Lyon National Orchestra, and many others.

A highly acclaimed opera conductor, Lü has led over fifty productions so far internationally. As the first Asian conductor appointed as Music Director in an important opera house in Italy, he has been praised by critics as “a conductor who has a deeper understanding of Italian operas than the Italians themselves do.” In 1989, he was awarded both the First Prize and Jury’s Prize at the Antonio Pedeotti International Conducting Competition in Trento, Italy. In 2007, the Italian President bestowed the “President's Prize” on Lü for his exceptional contribution to Italian culture. That same year, the production of La gazza ladra that he conducted at the Rossini Opera Festival, held in Pesaro, the composer's hometown, was voted “Opera Production of the Year” in Europe. .


Yuja WANG Piano

Yuja Wang is widely recognised as one of the most important artists of her generation. She has performed with orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, in the US, and abroad with the Berlin Staatskapelle, Filarmonica della Scala, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Orquesta Nacional España, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, among others. Conductors with whom she has collaborated include Claudio Abbado, Barenboim, Dudamel, Dutoit, Gatti, Gergiev, Maazel, Mehta, Masur, Pappano, Temirkanov and Tilson Thomas.n Wang equally enjoys performing recitals and chamber music throughout the world.

This season the London Symphony Orchestra features Wang in the LSO Artist Portrait series followed by a tour of Asia with Daniel Harding conducting. She makes her debut with the Hungarian National Philharmonic conducted by Zoltán Kocsis performing Bartok's Piano Concerto No 2. She also returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Wang is an exclusive recording artist for Deutsche Grammophon. Most recently, she collaborated with Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra recording Prokofiev's Concerto No 2 and Rachmaninov's Concerto No 3. Wang studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing with Ling Yuan and Zhou Guangren and the Curtis Institute of Music with Gary Graffman.

Siqing LU Violin

Siqing Lu is the first Asian violinist to win the first prize at the prestigious Paganini International Violin Competition in Italy in 1987. Acclaimed as one of the most outstanding Chinese violinists today, Siqing (pronounced See-Ching) has performed in some of world’s most prestigious concert halls in more than forty countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and South Africa.

Siqing has worked with many of the world’s esteemed conductors including Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Edo de Waart, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lawrence Foster, Jaap van Zweden, Osmo Vänskä as well as leading Chinese musicians such as Oscar winner Tan Dun, with whom Siqing gave the world premier performance of his Violin Concerto “Hero” in Poland in 2011, Long Yu, Jia Lu, Muhai Tang, Yujia Wang and Jian Wang, among other. As a soloist, he has performed with many of world’s leading orchestras. A recording artist for Philips, Naxos and Marco Polo, his interpretation of the “Butterfly Lovers” violin concerto is widely considered the best and has sold well over a million copies worldwide.

Xiaoyu LIU Piano

Born in Paris in 1997, Xiaoyu Liu moved with his family to Montréal at age 6 and began his piano studies the following year. After winning a number of national competitions thanks to his musicality and virtuosity, Xiaoyu won in 2012, at the age of 15, the Grand Prize at the OSM Standard Life Competition (Canada) and the Silver Medal at the Cooper International Piano Competition (USA).

He has performed brilliantly as a soloist in Canada, in Europe, in Latin America and in the United States, and with various orchestras, among them The Cleveland Orchestra, the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, YOA Orchestra of the Americas, The Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil, and Sinfonia de Lanaudières. He has performed and collaborated with conductors such as Kent Nagano, Jean-François Rivest, Nathan Brock, Jahja Ling, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Marc David, and Stéphane Laforest. His performances have been recorded and broadcasted numerous times on CBC/Radio-Canada. "Liu can do the impeccable glitter, but his playing is more than pyrotechnics. It is powerful and polished and emanates from a disciplined mind." --- The Telegram Newspaper.

In 2013, Xiaoyu made his debut recital at the Orford Arts Centre, Banff Centre for the Arts, and Place des Arts Recital Series in Montréal. In the next season, he will be performing at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Northern Arts and Cultural Centre in Yellowknife, and Koerner Hall in Toronto. At the same time, he is studying with Richard Raymond at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal.

Concert Tour

11.02 SUN 3:00pm
Chicago Symphony Center

Conductor: LÜ Jia    Piano: Yuja WANG
CHEN Qigang:Wu Xing (The Five Elements) Suite for Orchestra
Joseph-Maurice Ravel:Piano Concerto in G major
Antonin Dvorak:Symphony No.8 in G major, op.88
Washington D.C.
11.03 MON 7:30pm
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Conductor: LÜ Jia    Piano: Yuja WANG
CHEN Qigang:Wu Xing (The Five Elements) Suite for Orchestra
Joseph-Maurice Ravel:Piano Concerto in G major
Antonin Dvorak:Symphony No.8 in G major, op.88

New York
11.05 WED 8:00pm
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center

Conductor: LÜ Jia  Violin: Siqing LU
CHEN Qigang:Wu Xing (The Five Elements) Suite for Orchestra
Zhanhao HE, Gang CHEN: Violin Concerto The Butterfly Lovers
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op.64
11.07 FRI 8:00pm
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center

Conductor: LÜ Jia   Piano: Yuja WANG

CHEN Qigang:Wu Xing (The Five Elements) Suite for Orchestra
Joseph-Maurice Ravel:Piano Concerto in G major
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op.64

11.09 SUN 8:00pm
Southam Hall, National Arts Center

Conductor: LÜ Jia    Violin: Siqing LU
CHEN Qigang:Wu Xing (The Five Elements) Suite for Orchestra
Zhanhao HE, Gang CHEN: Violin Concerto The Butterfly Lovers
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op.64
11.11 TUE 8:00pm
Koerner Hall
The Royal Conservatory of Music

Conductor: LÜ Jia    Piano: Xiaoyu LIU
CHEN Qigang:Wu Xing (The Five Elements) Suite for Orchestra
Joseph-Maurice Ravel:Piano Concerto in G major
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, op.64
11.13 THU 8:00pm
Maison Symphonique,
Place des Arts
Place des Arts

Conductor: LÜ Jia    Violin: Siqing LU
CHEN Qigang:Wu Xing (The Five Elements) Suite for Orchestra
Zhanhao HE, Gang CHEN: Violin Concerto The Butterfly Lovers
Antonin Dvorak:Symphony No.8 in G major, op.88

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National Centre For The Performing Arts

Opened in 2007, China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) has become one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. Strongly committed to presenting and supporting the highest standards of artistic excellence, the NCPA is considered the home away from home for many of today’s leading artists and ensembles. Across four stellar state-of-the-art performance spaces, the NCPA presents more than 850 events annually, from classical and contemporary concerts to opera, ballet and theater productions to education and outreach programs. With a mission to share the transformative power of the arts to as many people as possible, the NCPA serves a diverse and broad audience spanning all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The NCPA is not only celebrated as a leading venue for visiting performing artists and ensembles, but it is also home to one of China’s premiere orchestras, the China National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra. Since its launch in 2010, the NCPA Orchestra has become one of the brightest jewels in China’s artistic crown, performing many critically acclaimed concerts at the venue and abroad. In addition to their main-stage concert season, they are also the resident Orchestra for all of the NCPA’s opera productions. Under the direction of its Chief Conductor, Lü Jia, the ensemble is composed of some of the world’s finest musicians, who all share in the NCPA’s belief of presenting concerts of the highest artistic quality.

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