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Monday, September 29, 2014

L'Orchestre Métropolitain ouvre sa 34e saison avec le testament symphonique de Gustav Mahler

Montréal, le jeudi 25 septembre 2014 - L'Orchestre Métropolitain et maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin présenteront le concert Au pays romantique de Mahler le vendredi 3 et le samedi 4 octobre à 19 h 30 à la Maison symphonique de Montréal. Véritable testament symphonique, la monumentale 10e symphonie de ce compositeur autrichien - que maestro Nézet-Séguin chérit tout particulièrement - clôturera le cycle Mahler entamé par l'Orchestre en 2001. Soulignons que cette ouverture de saison est le premier jalon des célébrations entourant la 15e saison de Yannick Nézet-Séguin à titre de directeur artistique et chef principal de l'Orchestre Métropolitain.

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Au pays romantique de Mahler
Le parcours symphonique de Gustav Mahler constitue un ensemble sans précédent dans l'histoire de la musique, tant par les dimensions colossales de ses symphonies que par l'originalité de leur propos. À travers elles, Mahler disait vouloir « exprimer tout le contenu de [s]a vie » et « créer un univers avec tous les moyens à [s]a disposition ». À la mort du compositeur, seul le premier mouvement de la Symphonie no 10 était complété et orchestré dans sa totalité. Cela dit, les esquisses des autres mouvements étaient très avancées. Selon l'évaluation du musicologue Deryck Cooke (1919-1976), Mahler a pu compléter l'œuvre à environ 90 % quant à sa structure, ses harmonies et ses lignes musicales. Cooke se défend bien de l'avoir achevée ; plus modestement, il propose une version exécutable des esquisses laissées par le compositeur. Mais telle qu'elle se présente, la Symphonie no 10, créée à Londres le 13 août 1964sous la direction de Berthold Goldschmidt, n'en demeure pas moins un chef-d'œuvre testamentaire d'une valeur inestimable.

Conférence préconcert
Une conférence gratuite et bilingue d'une durée de 30 minutes sera présentée avant chaque concert. Claudio Ricignuolo, violoniste à l'Orchestre Métropolitain et conférencier, invite les mélomanes à découvrir les œuvres au programme de la soirée. Cette activité s'inscrit dans la volonté de l'Orchestre de partager sa passion pour la musique classique et de la placer à la portée de tous.

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Press Release - Orchestre Métropolit​ain opens its 34th season with Gustav Mahler's symphonic testament

Montréal, Thursday, September 25, 2014 - The Orchestre Métropolitain and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin will present a concert entitled Mahler's Romantic Landscape on Friday October 3rd and Saturday October 4th at 7:30 p.m. at the Maison symphonique de MontréalThis concert will bring to a close the Mahler cycle honouring one of the maestro's favourite composers begun back in 2001 shortly after he took up the baton with the Orchestre. The Austrian composer's monumental 10th symphony is a veritable symphonic testament. This season-opening concert is just the first event in celebrations marking Yannick Nézet-Séguin's 15th season as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain.
 
Mahler's Romantic Landscape
Comprising truly original symphonies on a scale never before seen, Gustav Mahler's orchestral music is unprecedented in the history of music. In writing the symphonies, Mahler said that he wished to "express his inner life" and "create a world with every means at his disposal." While only the first movement of the Tenth Symphony was completely finished and orchestrated before his death, detailed sketches were left of the other movements. Musicologist Deryck Cooke (1919-1976) believes that the work was about 90% complete in terms of its structure, harmony and melodic lines. Cooke never claimed to have completed the symphony; rather, he derived a performing edition of the piece based on Mahler's own sketches. First performed in London on August 13, 1964, under the direction of Berthold Goldschmidt, Cooke's version of the Tenth Symphony remains a masterpiece and a musical testament of inestimable worth.


Preconcert conference
A free 30-minute bilingual conference will be presented before each concert. Claudio Ricignuolo, a violinist with the Orchestre and speaker, invites music lovers to learn about the works on the evening's program. This activity is just one expression of the Orchestre Métropolitain's desire to share its passion for classical music and to make this repertoire accessible to everyone.


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La Fondation Arte Musica présente : De Van Gogh à Kandinsky L’expressionnisme en Allemagne et en France, 1900-1914

Une incursion dans le bouillonnant monde de la musique expressionniste !

Octobre 2014 – Janvier 2015


Montréal, le 25 septembre 2014 – Fidèle à sa mission, la programmation de la Fondation Arte Musica s’inspire des expositions présentées au Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. Dans le cadre de l’exposition De Van Gogh à Kandinsky, L’expressionnisme en Allemagne et en France, 1900-1914 qui débutera en octobre, la Fondation Arte Musica propose une incursion au cœur de deux univers musicaux fascinants, l’ardente seconde École de Vienne, grâce aux musiques de Schoenberg, Berg et Webern, faisant écho à l’avant-gardisme des compositeurs français de la même époque, tels Debussy, Ravel et Fauré.

L’expressionnisme prend racine au début du XXe siècle, alors que, sur fond de Première Guerre Mondiale, règne un pessimisme profond, une intense envie de rejeter les conventions établies. C’est ainsi que l’expressionnisme voit le jour, s’opposant, par sa virulence, ses contrastes et ses émotions parfois extrêmes, à la culture du “beau” alors en place.

C’est d’abord à Vienne et à Berlin qu’apparait l’expressionnisme en musique avec les compositeurs Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg et Anton Webern, un style musical fréquemment lié à des atmosphères angoissées et torturées qui sied à l'esthétique expressionniste.

À la même période, à Paris, le Sacre du printemps de Stravinski était créé et faisait scandale. La table était mise pour une courte mais riche période de création artistique, où couleurs repensées, formes inouïes et rythmes renouvelés marqueraient à jamais la musique.

Les concerts De Van Gogh à Kandinsky

– OCTOBRE –


Mercredi 8 octobre 2014 • 19 h 30 ­­
Paris-Vienne 1900 *

Quatuor Molinari
WEBERN Six bagatelles, opus 9
SCHOENBERG Quatuor à cordes no 1, opus 7
DEBUSSY Quatuor à cordes, opus 10

Trois compositeurs, trois styles, trois chefs-d’œuvre !

Vendredi 24 octobre 2014 • 18 h 30 ­­
L’heure mauve *

Brigitte Poulin et Jean Marchand, deux pianos et piano à quatre mains
STRAVINSKI Petrouchka, suite pour piano
DEBUSSY En blanc et noir
DECAUX Clairs de lune
Julien BILODEAU Élégie pour deux pianos d’après L’heure mauve d’Ozias Leduc (création)



Chaque année, la Fondation Arte Musica commande une œuvre à un compositeur canadien à partir d’une œuvre de la collection du Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. Cette saison, Julien Bilodeau s’inspire du tableau L’heure mauve d’Ozias Leduc. Les pianistes Brigitte Poulin et Jean Marchand l’offrent au public en création mondiale !

Mercredi 29 octobre 2014 • 19 h 30 ­­
1914-1918 *

Maxim Bernard, piano

Récital commémorant les 100 ans du début de la Première Guerre mondiale. Œuvres pour piano de Bartók, Fauré, Hindemith, Medtner, Nielsen, Rachmaninov, Ravel et Scriabine, toutes composées entre 1914 et 1918, alors que la guerre fait rage. Ravel dédie d’ailleurs Le tombeau de Couperin, au programme de ce concert, à la mémoire de six amis tombés au front.

Vendredi 31 octobre 2014 • 18 h 30 ­­
Jardins suspendus *

Julie Boulianne, mezzo-soprano
Josh Whelan, baryton
Olivier Godin, piano

BERG Vier Lieder [Quatre chants], opus 2
SCHOENBERG Das Buch der hängenden Gärten [Le livre des jardins suspendus], opus 15
Kurt WEILL Quatre chansons :
     J’attends un navire (du film Marie Galante)
     Nanna’s Lied
     Youkali
     Denn wie man sich bettet


Le Livre des jardins suspendus, de Schoenberg, s’inscrit dans la tradition des grands cycles romantiques de lieder. Quelques-unes des inoubliables chansons de Kurt Weill complètent le programme.

* : Visite guidée à 17 h de l’exposition De Van Gogh à Kandinsky.



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Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur: la 26e saison de la Chapelle est lancée

Bien du nouveau pour la saison 2014 -2015 à la Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur. Après 25 ans de loyaux services, Guy Soucie cède sa place au nouvel agent culturel de la Chapelle, Simon Blanchet. Bien connu et apprécié du milieu musical montréalais, Simon Blanchet, dans un esprit de continuité avec son prédécesseur, apportera sa touche personnelle à la programmation.

Dès cet automne, plusieurs musiciens et ensembles se produiront pour une première fois sur la
scène de la Chapelle, dont le Quatuor Debussy (France).
Le 1er octobre, la saison régulière débutera en présentant les premiers lauréats des bourses Guy- Soucie (la soprano Andréanne Brisson-Paquin et le pianiste Marek Krowicki). Le même jour, sera lancé La Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, maison de la musique, livre écrit par Georges Nicholson. S’en suivront plus de 50 concerts, couvrant un large éventail de styles et d’époques.  Le nouveau compositeur résident, Jimmie LeBlanc, présentera trois concerts cet automne, tandis que l’ensemble résident, Ensemble Transmission, se produira à deux reprises.

À ne pas manquer, la première exposition de la saison met en vedette le peintre Nathan Bartley
avec son oeuvre Round and round is the World.
Toute la programmation est en ligne sur notre site internet et celui du réseau Accès culture.
Les concerts sont gratuits pour la plupart et, comme auparavant, les laissez-passer sont disponibles
à la Chapelle à compter de sept (7) jours avant chaque concert.
Nouveauté de cette année: il est possible de se procurer des laissez-passer pour tous les concerts de
la saison sur le réseau Accès culture de la Ville de Montréal.
Veuillez noter que les heures d’ouverture ont été modi ées.
Heures d’ouverture :
Jeudi : 14 h à 18 h
Vendredi : 14 h à 18 h
Samedi : 13 h à 17 h
Dimanche : 13 h à 17 h
En dehors des heures d’ouverture, la Chapelle et les expositions ouvrent leurs portes deux heures
avant chaque activité

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

24 Contestants Compete for Prizes ar Second Toronto International Piano Competition Oct. 25 - Nov. 1



October 25-November 1
24 YOUNG, HIGH CALIBRE PIANISTS CHOSEN FOR SECOND
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

TORONTOSeptember 17, 2014  Twenty-four pianists from 12 countries on five continents have been selected to participate in the second Toronto International Piano Competition.

The Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (CCC) invites the world's elite young pianists once every four years to participate in this important Canadian musical event.  This year’s Competition takes place October 25 to November 1, culminating in the final round with orchestra at Koerner Hall.

The selected pianists, who range in age from 16 to 35, will take part in the two opening rounds, October 25-28 at the CCC’s P.C. Ho Theatre, 5183 Sheppard Avenue East.  From these, six will be chosen to compete in the Semi-Final round, October 30.  In the final round, three pianists will perform concertos with Maestro Kerry Stratton and the Toronto Concert Orchestra, Saturday, November 1st at Koerner Hall.

More than 100 elite pianists submitted their entries to the Competition.  According to Artistic Director Lang Ning Liu, “It was an extremely difficult task to narrow them down to 24 pianists; we were overwhelmed with the high calibre of this year’s entrants. We will have a very exciting competition in the fall!”

Based on countries of birth, China, with six young pianists, has the greatest number of competitors; followed by South Korea with five; and Russia and Italy with two. Canada is also represented by two pianists: Younggun Kim and Christopher Miranda, both of Toronto.  One each comes from Algeria, Australia, Israel, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine and the United States.

The Competition offers a total of US$31,000 in cash prizes, plus solo and orchestral engagements.  First prize winner will receive US$15,000, along with solo and orchestral engagements that include an appearance in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Piano Extravaganza Festival, as well as one with the Toronto Concert Orchestra.  Second and third prize winners will be awarded US$8,000 and US$5,000 respectively.  Fourth, fifth and sixth-place winners (the other semi-finalists) will each be awarded US$1,000.

Yoheved Kaplinsky of New York’s Juilliard School chairs the internationally acclaimed jury panel.  Members are James Anagnoson and Kum Sing Lee (Canada), Fabio Bidini (Italy), John Giordano(USA), Jan Jiracek (Germany), and John O'Conor (Ireland).  All have served on jury panels for such prestigious international piano competitions as the Van Cliburn, Arthur Rubinstein, Chopin, Dublin, Tchaikovsky, Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, Rachmaninoff, and International Beethoven Piano Competition.

The competition is presented by Rolex Canada Ltd. with support from Steinway Gallery of Toronto, the Government of Ontario, corporate sponsors and private donors.

The CCC invites volunteers to host competitors during the weeklong event. Drivers are also needed.  Anyone interested may obtain host family details via www.ipianotoronto.ca orwww.cccpianocompetitions.orgor by contacting the CCC at info@ipianotoronto.ca or 416-292-9293 ext. 229

The following are the 24 selected competitors, with their countries of origin:

Last Name
First Name
Place of Birth
BERESTNEV
Mikhail
Russia
BRECELJ
Danijel
Slovenia
CAMBRA
Ignasi
Spain
CHEN
Moye
China
FOSTER
Maxwell
Australia
GHAZI
Mehdi
Algeria
IN
So Hyang
South Korea
KIM
HyeJin
South Korea
KIM
Younggun
Canada
KITKIN
German
Russia
KUDO
Rachel
USA
LEE
TaekGi
South Korea
LEONE
Rodolfo
Italy
LEVKOVICH
Dmitri
Ukraine
LI
NingYuen
China
LIN
Brian Yuebing
China
LIU
Yang
China
MIRANDA
Christopher
Canada
NOH
Yejin
South Korea
OLIVA
Enzo
Italy
RE'EM
Or
Israel
SHI
Boyang
China
SHI
Wenting
China
SHIN
Jaemin
South Korea

THE COMPETITION ROUNDS
The first three rounds of the Competition will take place at the CCC’s P.C. Ho Theatre, 5183 Sheppard Avenue East, October 25-30, with the final at Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. Saturday, November 1, 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $10/day at the P.C. Ho Theatre, and $30 and $40 at Koerner Hall. Tickets for the final round may be ordered by calling 416-408-0208 or visiting www.rcmusic.ca.

Competition details are available at www.ipianotoronto.ca or www.cccpianocompetitions.org  Enquiries should be directed to info@ipianotoronto.ca or 416-292-9293 ext. 229.

About the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto – www.cccgt.org
The Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (CCC) is a registered charitable and non-profit organization – a hub for communities of diverse ethnicities and a centre to help enrich the people’s cultural and artistic life and experience.
With its grand opening in 1998, the 80,000 square-foot Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (CCC) is now the largest Chinese Cultural Centre and one of the most technologically advanced centres in North America.  It includes a main building, resource library, an 8,500-sq.ft. multipurpose hall, a 626-seat state-of-the-art theatre, reception hall, art gallery and other facilities.
A home for the West to meet the East, the Centre reflects the CCC’s mission to set a standard of integrity and excellence, and to play an active leadership role in promoting and fostering Chinese culture in an inspirational and relevant manner. 

About Rolex – www.rolex.com
Leading brand of the Swiss watch industry, Rolex, headquartered in Geneva, enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over.  Its Oyster watches, all certified as chronometers for their precision, are symbols of excellence, performance, and prestige.


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Princely Music to be performed by the Musicians In Ordinary in Toronto on October 24

Second Concert of Catholic “House Music” at St. Michael’s College
MUSIC FOR A VENETIAN PRINCE OF THE CHURCH
PERFORMED OCT. 24 BY THE MUSICIANS IN ORDINARY


The Musicians In Ordinary continue to “Sing Praise Upon the Lute and Viol” in their second of three concerts of religious music written for Catholic households of the 16th and 17th centuries.  Motets With Symphonies: An Italian House Concert for a Venetian Prince of the Church features songs and instrumental music of praise from Renaissance Venice, Friday, October 24, 8 p.m. at Fr. Madden Hall, Carr Bldg., St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, 100 St Joseph St. 

Tickets, $25, $20 for students and seniors, are available at the door. 

Rev. Lisa Wang puts the music in context in a pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m.  Further information is available by calling 416-535-9956 or visiting www.musiciansinordinary.ca. 

Soprano Hallie Fishel, baroque violinist Christopher Verrette, lutenist John Edwards and other members of The Musicians In Ordinary – St. Michael’s ensemble-in-residence – perform works primarily by the founder of modern opera, Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), and by his deputy at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Alessandro Grandi (1586-1630). 

MIO found plenty of repertoire from which to compile their concert.  The composers were kept busy writing music to be performed at the homes of “Princes of the Church”.  These “Princes” (or Primicerii in Latin), were often second sons of Italian aristocratic families, and held positions ranging from archbishops to popes, while their older brothers got the dukedom or the marquisate.

In 1620, Monteverdi wrote to his opera librettist Striggio explaining why he couldn’t possibly get away to Mantua.  Apart from his duties at St. Mark’s Church, “there is the Most Illustrious Primicerius, for whom every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, I make music in a certain oratory of his, to which half the nobility come.”  The Primericus was a member of the patrician Cornaro family, which spawned doges, cardinals and other important dignitaries (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Cornaro).     
MIO’s October 24 concert will include selections from Monteverdi’s Selva Morale e Spirituale (Moral and Spiritual Wood), including Confitebor Tibi “alla Francese” (“If you like”), with soprano and four violins.  From Grandi come O vos omnes, which was scored for violas, since violins might seem too jaunty for the text; as well as Motetti con Sinfonie (motets with symphonies – from the original Greek meaning, “sounding together”), and sonatas for strings and theorbo. 
Besides music by Monteverdi and Grandi, there are canzonas and sonatas for strings by Biagio Marini (1594-1663), a bass singer and violinist at St. Mark’s; and by others. 

The Musicians In Ordinary will conclude their three-concert series of 16th and 17th century spiritual music, Sing Praise Upon the Lute and Viol in January 2015 with The Cure of Religious Melancholy, featuring the music of English Renaissance composer John Dowland.

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China's National Performing Arts Centre Orchestra at Maison Symphoniqu​e - Nov 13!

 September 12, 2014 … The China NCPA Orchestra, based in Beijing, with Chief Conductor Lü Jia, bring a thrilling and colourful program to Montreal’s Maison Symphonique on Thursday, November 13, for what will be the closing concert of a whirlwind North American debut tour which includes Toronto (Koerner Hall), Ottawa (Canada’s National Arts Centre), Philadelphia (Kimmel Center), Washington DC (Kennedy Center), Chicago (Symphony Center) and Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City. Established in 2010, the resident orchestra of the National Centre for the Performing Arts of China has quickly gained a reputation as one of that country’s most adventurous and dynamic orchestras. A highlight of the Montreal concert – a harmonious melding of Eastern and Western traditions – will be a performance of The Butterfly Lovers violin concerto by He Zhanhao and Chen Gang with acclaimed violinist Lu Siqing. A legendary Chinese tragic love story in the vein of Romeo and Juliet, familiar to every Chinese household, the Butterfly Lovers concerto is widely considered one of the most important classical Chinese works of the 20th Century. Also on the program are The Five Elements (Wu Xing) by Chen Qigang, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 in G major.

Canada’s National Arts Centre is honoured to present China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra on their debut Canadian tour in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal, with the generous support of Manulife Financial, Presenting Sponsor of China’s NCPA Orchestra Canada Tour. This collaboration is the continuation of a partnership between these two National arts organizations which included an NAC Orchestra performance at the NCPA in Beijing this past October, part of the NAC Orchestra’s historic 18-day China tour, the first tour of China in the history of the NAC Orchestra.



 
Lu Siqing, acknowledged one of the most outstanding Chinese violinists of his generation, is closely associated with The Butterfly Lovers – having made four recordings of the work which have together sold well over a million copies worldwide. Following a broadcast of Siqing’s performance of the work, Central China Television, declared the concerto “a national hit” with Lu Siqing’s performance showcasing the “expressive fire typical of his style.” Written in 1958 by He Zhanhao and Chen Gang, the concerto is a synthesis of Eastern and Western traditions with melodies strongly influenced by traditional Chinese Opera. The solo violin part recalls the erhu, the Chinese two-string fiddle. Derived from Chinese folklore, The Butterfly Lovers tells the story of doomed lovers Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai. Denied their desired union by Yingtai’s father, the lovers die of despair, only to finally emerge together from their shared tomb as a pair of butterflies, never more to be parted.
 
A dynamic work by one of today’s leading Chinese composers, Chen Qigang, the suite for orchestra, Wu Xing (The Five Elements) (1999) is an embodiment of Olivier Messiaen’s grand idea of “a perfect fusion of Eastern philosophical emotion and Western musical expression.” Commissioned by Radio France, the “five elements” – water, wood, fire, earth, and metal – are reflected through a variety of different modes and techniques of musical expression. The NCPA orchestra will close the concert with Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 in G major, a lively and spontaneous work, replete with enchanting folk tunes.

The NCPA Orchestra, resident orchestra at Beijing’s landmark National Center for the Performing Arts, composed of distinguished musicians from around the world, performs more than a dozen operas and a full season of symphonic concerts each year. In February 2012, Lü Jia took on the role of Chief Conductor, succeeding Chen Zuohuang, a founding member of the orchestra and current Laureate Conductor. The NCPA orchestra prides itself on its long-term collaborations with the finest musicians of our day, including Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Valery Gergiev, Myung-Whun Chung, Gunter Herbig, Gilbert Varga, Lang Lang, Vadim Repin, Stephen Kovacevich, Leo Nucci, Yuja Wang and Han-Na Chang. The late maestro Lorin Maazel praised the orchestra for its hard-working excellence and great passion. The orchestra has been acclaimed in numerous NCPA opera productions, including, in 2012, the Chinese premieres of Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer and Lohengrin. The NCPA Orchestra also received widespread international praise when it was invited by Kissingen Summer Musik and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivals and performed concerts across Germany under the batons of Christoph Eschenbach and Chen Zuohuang, followed by a successful concert at the Sydney Opera House. Last season, the NCPA orchestra commemorated the Wagner, Verdi and Britten year (2013) with several concerts, including The “Ring” Without Words under the baton of Lorin Maazel, the live recording of which was released by Sony Music. Highlights of the orchestra's 2014 season include Verdi’s Requiem with Myung-Whun Chung,  Mahler’s Symphony No.1 with Zubin Meta, and Richard Strauss’ Alpine Symphony, Four Last Songs and Also Sprach Zarathustra with Antoni Witt, Gunter Herbig and Lü Jia.

Born into a musical family in Shanghai, Lü Jia studied conducting at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing under renowned conductor Ms. Zheng Xiaoying, followed by studies Berlin. In 1989, at the age of 24, he was awarded both First Prize and Judge’s Prize at the Antonio Pedeotti International Conducting Competition in Trento, Italy. To date, he has conducted over 2,000 concerts and operas in Europe and the Americas. He has conducted at opera houses including the Bayersiche Staatsoper in Munich, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and La Scala in Milan, and with great orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw, Chicago Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Hamburg Radio Symphony, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and numerous others. Before he returned to China in 2012, he was the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Spains Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and the Music Director of Italy’s Verona Opera House and Arena di Verona Festival.

Hailed by The Strad as “an outstanding talent”, Lu Siqing (pronounced See-Ching) was the first Asian violinist to win first prize at the prestigious Paganini International Violin Competition in Italy in 1987. Since then, he has performed to great acclaim in more than thirty countries throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia, at many of the great concert halls of the world including the Musikverein, Hollywood Bowl, Wigmore Hall, Kremlin Palace and Suntory Hall. Over the course of his extraordinary career, he has collaborated with many of the world’s leading musicians including Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Edo de Waart, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lawrence Foster, Jaap van Zweden, Osmo Vänskä, Long Yu, Jia Lu, Shao-Jia Lu, and Jian-Wen Bin. He has appeared as featured soloist with many of the world’s great orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony, Paris Sinfoniatta, Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, Washington Symphony, Toronto Camerata, Vancouver Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, among others.  Born in 1969 in Qingdao, Lu Siqing began violin study at four. At the age of eight, he became the youngest student accepted by the Central Conservatory of Music and at eleven was chosen by Yehudi Menuhin to study at his school in London. In 1984 he returned to China for advanced studies at the Conservatory in Beijing, and, five years later, went on to study with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang at the Juilliard School. His acclaimed recordings can be found on the Philips, Naxos and Marco Polo labels.


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