will be in Mumbai this week for concerts with the Symphony Orchestra of India
in which he will conduct two varied programmes. Xuefei Yang
will be performing Rodrigo’s ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ in one of these concerts, as well as playing a solo recital of her own (including works by J.S Bach, Tarrega and Dyens) and giving a children’s concert with Rafael as part of the Orchestra’s education project.
For Rafael, as a protégé of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, these educational outreach programmes are very important and form an intrinsic part of his musical work. This outreach project is something he also plans to bring to Northern Ireland in his new role as Chief Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra from the 14/15 season. The orchestra plans to introduce the celebrated ‘El Sistema’ programme of social musical education to children in Northern Ireland.
Xuefei is delighted to be working with Rafael and is also looking forward to making her debut in a country she has long anticipated making music in; “India has been on my list for some time. It has a long and interesting history and culture. It holds an air of mystery for me. Classical guitar has a long and established tradition in the west. As an Asian, I particularly want to promote classical guitar more in Asia.”