• Orchestras
  • Caracas Symphony Orchestra

    Dietrich Paredes is the orchestra’s Music Director.

    The Caracas Symphony Orchestra (formerly known as the Youth Orchestra of Caracas) has now become one of the most representative orchestras of the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela, founded by Maestro José Antonio Abreu 40 years ago.

    In 2011, the Orchestra made its international debut at the Bergen International Music Festival, followed by a highly acclaimed tour to Asia with concerts in China and Korea. In 2012, the orchestra’s touring work included concerts throughout Europe. In 2013 the Orchestra made its debut at the Salzburg Festival as part of an historic El Sistema residency involving over 1,000 young musicians. In addition, it also performed for the first time in Japan and returned to Korea.

    In 2014, the Orchestra returned to Europe with concerts in Zurich, Hamburg, Paris, Budapest and Vienna among other cities.

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  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of today’s leading orchestras. Performances by the CSO are much in demand at home and in the most prestigious music capitals of the world. In September 2010, renowned Italian conductor Riccardo Muti became the CSO’s tenth music director.

    Askonas Holt has worked with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on a number of major tours, including visits to Asia and Europe in 2009 under the baton of Bernard Haitink, and most recently a further tour of Asian capital cities conducted by Lorin Maazel and Osmo Vänskä.

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  • China National Centre for Performing Arts Orchestra

    China NCPA Orchestra is the resident orchestra of National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Beijing. Established in March 2010, the orchestra performs in more than a dozen opera productions presented by its home venue every year as well as in regular orchestral concerts in its own season.

    Artists associated with the orchestra included Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Myung-Whun Chung, Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fabio Luisi, Lang Lang and Yuja Wang among many others.

    The orchestra has gained critical acclaim for its performances in the NCPA’s opera productions of not only classical repertoire, but works such as Tosca, Die Fledermaus, Lohengrin, Aida, Nabucco, but also newly commissioned works like The Chinese Orphan and The Rickshaw Boy. Their performance of the mammoth Ring Without Words with its creator, Lorin Maazel, was released on SONY Classics worldwide, the only recording the great maestro ever made with a Chinese orchestra.

    The orchestra has also explored extensively incontemporary music. It gave the Chinese premieres of works by Toru Takemitsu and Giya Kancheli and the world premieres of many works by Michael Gordon and Augusta Read Thomas. The NCPA Orchestra has flexed its wings on the international stage, receiving widespread international praise for its performancesat the Kissingen Summer Music Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and concerts in many cities throughout Germany as well as in Sydney, Singapore, Seoul, Daegu, Taipei and Macau. During the 2014/2015 season, the orchestra undertook its first North American tour, where it performed in seven major cities in the US and Canada, under their Chief Conductor Lü Jia.

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  • China Philharmonic Orchestra

    Founded in 2000, the China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) is led by Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Long Yu and President Li Nan and managed by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television.

    The CPO is an active and frequent advocate of Chinese music in the global sphere. With Long Yu and his fellow conductors Shi Shucheng, Yang Yang and Xia Xiaotang, the orchestra has been involved in a wide range of tours since its conception.

    Over the past fourteen years, the CPO has performed numerous premieres that are virtually nowhere to be found elsewhere in China, and has forged its own style through extensive artistic involvement. One of the most important of these was Philip Glass’ Cello Concerto in 2001, commissioned by CPO, which had its world premiere in Beijing. This was the first ever work by an overseas composer commissioned by a music establishment in China. Other important premieres include Les Cinq ElementsIris dévoilée and Reflet d’un temps disparu by Chen Qigang in 2002, Resurrection Piano Concerto by Krzysztof Penderecki in August 2004 with the composer on the podium and Dmitri Alexeev on the keyboard.