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The Far Away Mast

—— Opening Concert of 2017 Beijing Modern Music Festival

 Time:2017-05-21

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At 19:30 on May 21, 2017/ Sunday

NCPA Concert Hall


Symphony Orchestra of the Central Conservatory of Music

Yongyan Hu/ZHANG Yi/CHEN Lin/XIAO Xiaotang/JIAO Yang conductor

 

HUANG Mengla violin

HU Shengnan percussion

XIE Tian tenor

SONG Yuanming soprano


 

1. Olivier Messiaen          Les Offrandes oubliees  for orchestra (1930)            13’

 

2. ZHENG Yang              The Far Away Mast  for Orchestra (2017)                   12’

 

3. James MacMillan        The Keening  for Orchestra (1986)                               23’

 

--------Intermission-------

 

4. Xiaogang Ye                Mount E’mei  for Violin, Percussion and                      17’

                                     Orchestra, Op. 73 (2016)

 

5. DU Mingxin                 XIAN Xinghai in Russia (an opera scene)                   15’

                                     for Tenor, Soprano and Orchestra (2017)

                                   (World Premiere)

 

6. Oliver Schneller           WuXing/Water  for orchestra (2013)                           15’

 

 

Symphony Orchestra of Central Conservatory of Music

 

The Symphony Orchestra of Central Conservatory of Music is affiliated to the Central Conservatory of Music and composed by outstanding artists from both home and abroad. Being an important carrier of music creation and performance in the country, the Orchestra performs both in and outside of China, while in the meantime it also shoulders the responsibility of academic studies as well as ensemble education of the CCOM, making the Orchestra an unique artistic group in the country.

 

The Orchestra was founded in December 2016, headed by conductor-professor Yu Feng, president of Central Conservatory of Music. Sponsored by the China National Arts Fund, the Orchestra initiated in March 2017 a training program for promising young conductors. Two concerts were then organized to present the talents of the trainees and won high acclaim from the academia and audiences.

 

The Orchestra will continue to put on excellent concert series and strive to be the leading force in the field.

 

 

Composers  

 

James MacMillan

 

Sir James MacMillan is one of today’s most successful composers and is also internationally active as a conductor. His musical language is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection with Celtic folk music, blended with influences from Far Eastern, Scandinavian and Eastern European music.

 

MacMillan first became internationally recognised after the extraordinary success of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie at the BBC Proms in 1990. His prolific output has since been performed and broadcast around the world. His major works include percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, which has received close to 500 performances, a cello concerto for Mstislav Rostropovich and four symphonies. Recent major works include his Percussion Concerto No.2 for Colin Currie and, most recently, Symphony No.4, premiered by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Runnicles, which receives its US premiere this season by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where MacMillan is 2016/17 Composer of the Year, under Manfred Honeck.

 

MacMillan enjoys a flourishing career as conductor of his own music alongside a range of contemporary and standard repertoire, praised for the composer’s insight he brings to each score. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie until 2013 and was Composer/Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic from 2000-09; he has conducted orchestras such as the National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Radio Symphony, Danish Radio Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra among others.

 

Highlights of the 2016/17 season include the world premieres of his Stabat Mater with The Sixteen and Britten Sinfonia, his Trombone Concerto with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and a new Horn Concerto arrangement. MacMillan will be the focus of a Glasgow-wide celebration of his music in March 2017 and as part of this he will conduct the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.  Elsewhere this season MacMillan conducts the English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

 

In October 2014 MacMillan founded his music festival, The Cumnock Tryst, which takes place annually in his native Ayrshire. MacMillan was awarded a CBE in 2004 and a Knighthood in 2015.

 

MacMillan has directed many of his own works on disc for Chandos, BIS and BMG, most recently a series on Challenge Records including MacMillan’s violin concerto A Deep but Dazzling Darkness and percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel with Colin Currie and the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie. His latest release on Harmonia Mundi with Britten Sinfonia included his Oboe Concerto and won the 2016 BBC Music Magazine Award.

 

 

Oliver Schneller

  

Oliver Schneller was born in Cologne, Germany in 1966, grew up in Europe, Africa and SouthEast Asia. He studied composition with Tristan Murail, at Columbia University in New York, where he completed his doctorate in Music Composition  in 2002  He obtained his Masters Degree in Composition with Lee Hyla at the New England Conservatory and additionally studied with Thea Musgrave and John Corigliano at the Graduate Center of City University New York, where he was also in charge of setting up and equipping the Studio for Electronic Music. During his studies he received important impulses through meetings with Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough, Jonathan Harvey, and George Benjamin.

 

The focus of Oliver Schneller’s compositional work lies in the creation of networks between musical instruments, architectural spaces, and live computer processing. From 2002-2004 he was compositeur en recherche at IRCAM working with the Ensemble Intercontemporain. Together with Simon Emerson and Natasha Barrett, he was a guest artist at ZKM Karlsruhe in 2009, and a fellow at the Experimentalstudio des SWR in Freiburg. In 2013 he was a guest artist at the G.R.M. Studios at Radio France, Paris.

 

His works have been conducted by Ilan Volkov, Jonathan Nott, Stefan Asbury, Titus Engel, Jonathan Stockhammer, Pierre-André Valade, among others, and were presented at numerous international music festivals including Festival Présences Paris, Biennale Quatuor á cordes Paris, MATA New York, Tanglewood, Aspen, June in Buffalo, the “Millenium Stage Series" at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Festival Résonances, Festival Agora Paris, Wien Modern, Munich Biennale, Beijing Modern, Maerzmusik Berlin, Witten Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Ultraschall Berlin, Musica, IFNM Darmstadt, Musicacoustica Beijing, ICMC 2003 Singapore and Takefu New Horizons Festival (Japan).

 

He has received commissions from radio stations in Germany, IRCAM, the Fromm Foundation, Meet The Composer, Radio France, Beijing Modern, Tanglewood, ZKM Karlsruhe, SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Radio France and the Berliner Festspiele. His works have been performed by ensembles such as Ensemble modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Recherche, musikFabrik, Ictus, Court-Circuit, Speculum musicae, Wet Ink,New York New Music Ensemble and Tanglewood Symphony Orchestra.

 

As a saxophonist, Schneller has performed with ensembles such as the George Russell Big Band, the Gustav Mahler Youth Symphony under Seiji Ozawa, and the Tanglewood Symphony Orchestra, as a soloist in Tan Dun's Red Forcast, under the direction of the composer.

 

Besides his work as a composer Oliver Schneller is actively involved in intercultural and cross-disciplinary projects. In 2004 he was the founder and artistic director of "Tracing Migrations", a music festival in Berlin, featuring the works of contemporary emerging composers from Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq. In 2005 he curated a project on  «East Asian and Western Concepts of Musical Beauty» at Berlin's House of World Cultures with composers Toshio Hosokawa and Helmut Lachenmann. In 2006 he was a lecturer and mentor for young composers from Cairo, as a part of the Global Interplay Project hosted by Musik der Jahrhunderte/SWR Stuttgart.  From 1990-91 he worked for the Goethe Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal on a project to support and sustain indigenous music cultures.  

 

Schneller has held residencies at Ircam/Centre Pompidou, Cincinnati Conservatory, Takefu (Japan), Daegu International Music Festival (Korea), Central Conservatory Beijing, ZKM Karlsruhe, Experimentalstudio des SWR Freiburg and is the recipient of the Fromm Prize of Harvard University, four ASCAP Awards, and fellowships from the Siemens Music Foundation, the Tanglewood Music Center, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Columbia University and the Rome Prize of the German Academy Villa Massimo.

 

His works are published by Edition Peters and his music has been released on Wergo, Mode Records, Hathut, Telos,Raumklang, and CPO.

 

From 2009-10 Schneller held a professorship in composition at the Conservatory of Music in Stuttgart as sabbatical replacement for Prof. Marco Stroppa. From 2012-2015 he was a professor of composition at Hannover Conservatory of Music, where he was also the director of «Incontri – Institute for New Music». In 2014 he was on the faculty of the Darmstadt International Summer Course in Composition, and in 2015 at the Beijing International Composition Workshop (BICW). Since 2015 he serves as professor of composition and director of the Eastman Audio and Research Studio (EARS) at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

 

 

 

DU Mingxin

 

Du Mingxin was born in Qian Jiang, Hubei province and spent his early years in Wu Chang. He was reduced to homeless and taken in by a charity after his father was killed at the front of Shanghai Battle during the Japanese invasion of China. Later he went to Yucai School founded by then-famous educator Tao Xingzhi where he started his long pursuit of music. He learned to play piano and violin, sometimes even composed some pieces under the instruction of He Lvting, Fan Jisen, as well as Li Guoquan.

 

In 1953 Du Mingxin, then working as a teacher at Central Conservatory of Music, was admitted to the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he first started as a piano student and then transferred to the Department of Composition under the guidance of composer-professor Mikhail Ivanovich Zyraki, Head of the Theatre of Moscow.

 

Upon returning China, Du participated in the composition of The Mermaid, the Red Detachment of Women, two of the most influential ballet music pieces in China. The success of the two masterpieces have since laid the cornerstone of Du’s composition career.

 

Among the two pieces, the periscopes of Dances of Waterweeds, Dances of Coral, Happy Women Soldiers, and Wan Quan River were all composed by Du, while artists of all generations have brought them to the stages at the UN, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Royal Albert Hall. The National Ballet of China’s world tour of the Red Detachment of Women have enchanted thousands of audiences around the world and frequented the Opera de Paris of France, as well as the Lincoln Center of US.

 

Du Mingxin has dedicated his career to the composition of symphonic music, among which there are symphonies—Ode to the Great Wall, Ode to Youth, symphonic Peking opera—The Women Generals of Yang Family, symphonic poem— the Celestial Phoenix, Luo Shen, Memories of the Sunshine, Dream in the Potala Palace, as well as ballet music—the Mermaid, Red Detachment of Women, Peony Fairies, Xuan Feng. Apart from the symphonies, he has also composed three piano concertos, among which the first concerto, known as the Spring Splendors was awarded the top prize for the 8th National Competition of Symphonic Music, two violin concertos, and a suite for violin and ensemble. The highlight of his recent composition is the four symphonic suites, with the fourth piece, Ode to the Yellow River composed in 2015 selected to be the commission work for the opening of Lanzhou Opera House.

 

Du’s repertoire includes a large variety of music forms, extending from instrumental works for Chinese traditional instrument orchestra, chamber music to duet and solo. His vocal music pieces have also received wide acclaims, with hits like A Black Girl's Singing, Tropical Zones, Clear Wan Quan River, Ga O Li Tai quite popular among the audiences.

 

In the 1980s Du started his international journey by working with the Walter Disney Company and published his film score for The Wonders of China. Then he wrote more film music for movies and TV series, including the scores for The Wilderness, Regret for the Past, Xian Xinghai, Zhou Enlai in Chongqing.

 

Du has maintained a long-time cooperation with orchestras both at home and from abroad. The Soviet Union Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore National Philharmonic, Malaysia National Philharmonic, together with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchetra have long been his partners in music composition and performances. His many works have been published by the Philips, BMG, Maxos, Large Stone of China, China Records Company, Shanghai Music Publications, and many others.

 

Having been teaching at the Central Conservatory of Music for over 50 years, Du has helped cultivate and train many composers, most of whom have grown into the leading figures of Chinese music. He has been incessantly and diligently creating pieces for decades, while his works, lavish in genuine emotions and romantic expressions, inspire generations after generations of young composers and will surely leave an impressive mark in the history of Chinese music.

 


Xiaogang Ye

 

Composer Xiaogang Ye is a member of the 12th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, chairman of the Chinese Musicians’ Association, vice chairman of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, vice president of the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM), and a member of the Board of Directors of the China Film Association. He is also a candidate of the first “Four-Batch Project” of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee.

 

Ye has composed a large number of works in a variety of genres, including symphonic music, chamber music, dance drama, and opera, as well as film and TV music. His important works include Horizon, The Great Wall (Symphony No.2), The Last Paradise, Twilight in Tibet, Chu (Symphony No.3), Song of Peace, Pipa Concerto, The Way to the Republic (Cantata), Four Poems of Lingnan, Seven Episodes for Lin’an, Cantonese Suit, Twilight of the Himalayas, Scent of Green mango, Namucuo, Springs in the Forest, and Yangzhuoyongcuo, etc. His dance dramas include Story of Shenzhen, Macao Bride, A Pinwheel without Wind, and others. His most well-known operas are Song of Farewell, Yong Le, and Peony Pavilion.

 

Ye’s well-known film and television works includes scores for The Girl from Hunan, Death, the Aged and Young Girl, Life is like a Song, Shower, Top Honor, Remembrance of Shanghai, Walking Out of Triumphal Arch, Meeting at Dusk, Surging Waves, Guasha Treatment, Smile of Fenny, Love in the Sky, Goddess of Mercy, Raging Waves, On the Mountain of Tai Hang, The Rise of the Great Powers, and Flying Apsaras, etc. Among these, the music for Raging Waves won the “Best Music Award” of the China Huabiao Film Awards, the Guasha Treatment and On the Mountain of Tai Hang won the “Best Music Award” of the China Golden Rooster Film Awards, the music for Meeting at Dusk won the “Best Film Music Award” at the Shanghai International Film Festival, and the music for Eighteen Springs won a nomination for the “Best Music Award” at the Hong Kong Film Festival. In addition, Ye received a special award for “Excellent Contribution to Film Music” at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

 

Xiaogang Ye is a recipient of a large number of awards and honorary titles both at home and abroad. He has been commissioned to compose works for many international and state-level activities. And he has also given concerts of his own works in many occasions and festivals, including the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Shanghai Spring International Music Festival, Beijing Music Festival, and the Macao Arts Festival. Since 1995, world-renowned music publisher Schott has published and served as an agent for Ye’s works. Ye has won many international awards, including the Louis Lane Prize and Howard Hanson Prize, first prize in the Alexander Tcherepnin Composition Competition (U.S.A.), the “Heritage Prize for Excellence in Creativity in Music” from the Li Foundation of San Francisco, a commission grant from the Pennsylvania State Council and the Great Capital Life Fund Committee, and an award from the American Society of Composers and Publishers. In China, he has been the recipient of a “Five-One-Project Award” from the Publicity Department of the China Central Committee, a Wenhua Award from the Ministry of Culture, and an “Excellent Contribution” award from CCOM. As a faculty, Ye has been granted “Excellent Teachers from Beijing Award,” first prize in the “State-Level Teaching Achievement in Higher Education” awards in 2001 from the Ministry of Education, and the “Baogang Education Special Award” in 2005, the “OU Yongxi Excellent Music Education Award” from the Chinese Ministry of Culture, and the “Yang Xuelan Education Award” from CCOM. Ye has also been the recipient of a number of other awards and honorary titles, including recognition as one of the “2011 Top 10 Copyright Owners” by the China Copyright Center, a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship Award, and a 2013 China Arts Award.

 

Ye’s piano concert, Starry Sky which was played by Lang Lang, was appreciated by about 3 billion audience all over the world in the opening ceremony concert of the  Beijing Olympics in 2008.

On September 22, 2013, the concert China’s Tale: Songs of the Earth was held in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, featuring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra performing a complete program of Xiaogang Ye’s works. The concert was jointly hosted by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China (P.R.C.), State Council Information Office of the P.R.C., Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council of the P.R.C., China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, Beijing Performance and Arts Group, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. This concert marked a historic success as the first mainstream cooperation between a Chinese composer and a major US orchestra since 1949. In 2014, as a part of the Sino-Deutschland Culture Exchange Program, Ye was invited by the Musikfestspiele Saar and Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern to present this same concert series in Saarbrücken and Münich. This performance set a new precedent for high-level musical cooperation between China and Europe. Afterward, the China Story series has been presented in London in June 2015, and in San Jose of Costa Rica in December 2016.

 

These successes have promotedextensive cultural exchange and cooperation between China and the West, and also show the growing significance of contemporary Chinese culture and the importance of disseminating it to the world.


 

 

Zheng Yang


Zheng Yang, composer, born in 1988,  was raised in a musical family. He enrolled in the Composition Department at the Central Conservatory of Music in 2006. Later, he was recommended for admission into the master’s program without examination.While a student at the Central Conservatory, his primary teacher was well-known Chinese composer Qin Wenchen. Currently, Zheng is teaching at the People's Liberation Army Arts College in Beijing.Zheng has won prizes in many kinds of composition competitions, including the “Chinese Composer Commission from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition” in 2014, "The Chinese Ministry of Culture Symphony Composition Competition," the "Palatino Awards," and the “China Arts College Composition Competition.” Zheng has received commissions from many musical organizations, including the Barlow Endowment, 2010 Encounters International Music Festival in Australia, the Warsaw Autumn International Music Festival in Poland,Shenzhen International Music Festival, and the Beijing Modern Music Festival.  He was picked into the G20 summit music creation team for theme show. His music creation covers a wide range from symphonies, choral symphonies, folk orchestra, to chamber music and film music.

 

Zheng’s works have been performed by China National Symphony Orchestra,
Macao Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, China National Traditional
Orchestra, and EOS Orchestra. His compositions have won wide acclaims from music critics and academia. With the help of Professor Xiaogang Ye, who is the representative figure of contemporary Chinese music and currently Chairman of China Musicians Association, Zheng has accomplished a lot in composition and some of his compositions have been published by the People’s Music Publishing House, China Record Corporation, Central Conservatory of Music Press, etc.

 

 

Conductors  According to the repertoire order

 

Hu Yongyan

 

Hu Yongyan,The Principal Guest Conductor of the Northern German Philharmonie , Music Director of Baotou Symphony (Inner-Mongolia), Founder and creator of China's Orchestra Academy/former Dean and Artistic Director, and Adjunct-professor at Yale School of Music (Presidential Visiting Professor as part of Yale’s initiative for faculty excellence and diversity).

 

Born in Shanghai, Mr. Hu is the third generation of his family to follow an artistic career. His grandfather taught him to play the violin and his parents both played in the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. He began his formal studies at China's prestigious Central Conservatory of Music, after which he studied at Yale University and earned a master’s degree from The Juilliard School. In 2008, he conducted a combined orchestra from the Yale School of Music and Beijing’s  Central Conservatory of Music as a part of the Musicathlon, an event in Beijing preceding the 2008 Olympic Games.

 

Hu Yongyan served as Music director and Conductor of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra (Nebraska,1993-1998) and Duluth Symphony Orchestra (Minnesota,1995-2000). After returning to China, he served as music director and Principal Conductor of the Shanghai Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. He led the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra on an acclaimed European tour and, as principal Conductor of the China National Symphony Orchestra, led its first visit to South Korea and Taiwan.

 

As a guest conductor, Maestro Hu has appeared with major orchestras in Europe, the United States, and Asia, including the Orchestra National de France, London's Royal Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Lübeck Opera, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, and orchestra in Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Mr. Hu's television work includes CCTV's "Cheers for China". He has also served as music director of the Beijing Modern Music Festival. Mr. Hu has collaborated with such internationally respected artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Barbara Hendricks, Pinchas Zukerman, Lang Lang, Charlotte Church, Nana Mouskouri, Doc Severinsen, Mark O'Connor and Muraji Kaori.

 

 

ZhangYi

 

Zhang Yi, one of today’s influential young conductors in China, served as the Music Director and Chief Conductor of the National Ballet of China.

 

Learning to play the violin at the age of 5, Zhang Yi was recommended to Central Conservatory of Music in 1990. He learned conducting under the guidance of Prof. Xu Xin and Prof. Ji Ruikai. From 2000 to 2003, he pursued further education in the Saarbrücken HFM: Hochschule für Musik Saar, where he finished the graduate course for conducting with Prof. Max Pommer, a renowned German conductor.

 

As a major young conductor in China, Zhan Yi has devoted himself in hundreds of concerts, operas and ballets. During the past two decades, he has cooperated with lots of orchestras home and abroad, including China National Symphony Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, China Traditional Instrument Orchestra, National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra, Central Opera Theater, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Symphonitta Orchestra, Macau Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Cuba Symphony Orchestra, Kungliga Operan, Orchestra Colonne of Paris, Orchestre national d’île de france, Württemberg Chamber Orchestra, and Orchestra Victoria etc.

 

In his performances around European, American, Australian and Asian countries, Zhang Yi collaborated with numerous artists such as Emmanuel Pahud, Wenzel Fuchs, Renaud Capucon, Jean-YvesThibaudet, Myung Wha Chung, Sarah Chang, Lang Lang, Chen Sa, Ning Feng and Qin Liwei etc. During his tour in Malaysia, Zhang Yi received great acclaim in local news media, describing him as “a brilliant, incredible charming young conductor”. He also won personal recognition from the King and Queen of Malaysia. From 2012 to 2014, Zhang Yi conducted the Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra in music seasons for three consecutive years, in return for the love and expectation of Asian audiences.

 

Zhang Yi conducted many premieres of Chinese and foreign works, including the world premiere of the ballet Raise the Red Lantern in May 2001, which was composed by Chen Qigang and directed by Zhang Yimou. In the Aprils of 2012 and 2014, he successfully conducted the Chinese premiere of Mass in C Minor by Mozart (2012) and Stabat Mater by Rossini (2014) with Macau Symphony Orchestra in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Macao, introducing these two great masterpieces to Chinese audience.

 

In May 2012, he was given the Award of Outstanding Contribution at the Beijing Modern Music Festival for his numerous performances of Chinese and western modern music pieces.

Known for his enthusiasm and passion, Zhang Yi has often been invited to take part in national events. In July 2007, he conducted in the performance of celebrating the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong coming back to China. In 2008, he conducted for the recording of most music pieces for the opening ceremony of 2008 Olympic Games, including the song You and Me.

Zhang Yi has worked with top art organization to give Chinese audience excellent art experience. For instance, in June 2008, he conducted all the tour performances of Royal Swedish Ballet in China. In 2013, apart from conducting, he played an active role in the China tour of Württemberg Chamber Orchestra of Heilbronn, Germany.

 

Aiming to make the Chinese music and musicians known worldwide, Zhang Yi has released many recordings. In January 2002, he conducted for the recording of Ye Xiaogang’s symphony works New Music from China with Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra, which was published by Wergo (Germany). In July 2013, Zhang Yi went to London with famous cellist Qin Liwei, where he conducted London Philharmonic Orchestra to record Britain music works for DEECA Music Group. These efforts are highly regarded as they serve as a showcase for modern Chinese music and musicians.

 

Zhang Yi has conducted in many arts festivals and major theaters internationally. In 2004, he led the National Symphony Orchestra to participate in the Spring International Arts Festival in Pyongyang, North Korea; and with Cuba Symphony Orchestra, he conducted on the opening of Cuba Arts Festival in 2006; in 2005, 2007 and 2008, he worked with Lanzhou Opera House Symphony Orchestra to present concerts and the opera A Big Dream of Dunhuang in Sydney Opera House, The Golden Hall of Vienna and Palais des Congrès de Paris; in 2008, Zhang Yi toured with the National Ballet of China in Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London; in 2009, he collaborated with Orchestra Colonne at Opera National de Paris; and in 2010, he performed with Kungliga Operan in Stockholm.

 

In 2015, Zhang Yi was invited to lead the National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra to Beaulieu Theater, Saint-Pres Theater and the Palace of Nations in Switzerland. Three concerts were performed to commemorate the 65-year anniversary of Sino-Switzerland diplomatic relations, in which a joint concert on behalf of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council was specially presented to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.


 

Chen Lin 

 

Chen Lin is one of the most promising, talented female conductors that China has brought to the world.

 

Born in Heilongjiang, China, in 1978, Chen Lin received her first piano lesson when she was five years old. At the age of thirteen, she won the grand prix in the young children category of the second Heilongjang Youth Piano Competition.

 

In 1993, when she was fifteen, Chen Lin was admitted to the junior high school affiliated with Beijing Central Conservatory of Music and started studying composition. In 1996, she entered the Central Conservatory of Music where she studied conducting under Yu Feng.

 

Chen Lin was a finalist in the Besançon International Conductors' Competition in 1999, 2001 and 2003. She made her debut at theTanglewood Music Festival, USA, in 2000, at the recommendation of Seiji Ozawa.  

 

Since 2003, Chen Lin has been participating in Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku as an associate conductor for opera performances of Die Fledermaus, La bohème and Il barbiere di Siviglia. The same year in 2003, recommended by Seiji Ozawa, Chen Lin made her successful debut in Japan by conducting the Osaka Century Symphony Orchestra at the Izumi Hall, a prestigious concert hall in Japan.

 

In 2004, Chen Lin was appointed Professor of Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, immediately upon her graduation from the school as a Master’s student of Conducting. In the following year, she was appointed Assistant Field Service Professor of Ensembles and Conducting of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and Music Director of CCM Concert Orchestra.


In 2006, she appeared at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan and conducted operas for the Young People and Children's Concert. In 2007, she won the second prize of The 8th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors. In 2009- 2010, she was invited to conduct Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.

 

While the China National Opera House premiere of Die Fledermaus conducted by Chen Lin in 2011 is considered a milestone of her career, the Saito Kinen Orchestra debut of hers made on 6 September 2013 has marked yet another major success.  

 

Last year, Chen Lin was invited by China National Opera House again to conduct Puccini’s Tosca in Beijing. From 2014 to 2016, while the Taiwan Creation Opera Institute performances of Puccini’s La Bohème and Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte conducted by Chen Lin are instant successes.

 

Chen Lin has conducted Saito Kinen Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Picardie, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Philharmonic Orchestra,Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku Orchestra, Century Orchestra Osaka, China NCPA Orchestra, China National Oepra House, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra and Shanghai philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Chen Lin is currently a professor in the conducting department of the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing

 

 

Xia Xiaotang

 

Xia Xiaotang is one of the leading figures in China’s music scenario. He currently serves as  Professor at China Central Conservatory of Music, and holds many distinguished posts such as Chief Conductor of China Youth Symphony Orchestra and Principle Conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra. A multi prize winner, he received the Golden Prize at China International Conducting Competition in 2006, and his long collaboration with the Chine Philharmonic Orchestra started from the year after. He has also worked with many orchestras of international fame such as Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, Besançon Symphony Orchestra, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Orchestra of Oper Frankfurt, Cadaques Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Music Academy of Seoul, Korea, the Symphony Orchestra of America, San Francisco Baroque Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, China National Opera House, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra and Guiyang Symphony Orchestra.


He has cooperated with numerous nationally and internationally famous performers and composers, including Tan Dun, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jian Wang, Lang Lang, Sun Xiuwei, Alain Lefèvre, Akiko Suwanai, Yuja Wang, David Fray, Khatia Buniatishvili, Nelson Freire, Anne-Akiko Myers, Emmanuel Pahud, Xue Wei, Lü Siqing, Ye Xiaogang, Guo Wenjing and Tang Jianping. His discography included Beethoven’s Symphonies No.5 and No.7 as well as Shostakovich’s Symphony No.10, all with the China Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also recorded Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with baritone Yuan Chenye, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3 with Yuja Wang, Concierto de Aranjuez with Xuefei Yang, the Yellow River Cantata with Pu Cunxin, Liao Changyong, Wang Xiufen and Zhang Jianyi. Warmly welcomed among Chinese singers, he is invited to work with celebrated ones such as Song Zuying, Dong Wenhua, Zhang Ye, Yan Weiwen, Jiang Dawei, Tong Tiexin, Wu Bixia and Lü Jihong, just to name a few. He collaborates frequently with “China’s 3 Tenors”, an ensemble formed by Dai Yuqiang, Wei Song and Warren Mok. Xia conducts more than 50 concerts annually worldwide. He is seen on numerous performances of “Cultures of China, Festival of Spring” hosted by Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council in many international cities with significant amount of Chinese residence. His concert tour with celebrated singer Song Zuying across the east and west coasts of the United States was enthusiastically welcomed. In 2015 he led the China Philharmonic Orchestra a stunning concert tour of Central Asia, Western Asia and Europe. He further toured with China Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016 by giving concerts in Southeast and Soush Asian countries. His precise and delicate style of conducting contemporary music won him praise from distinguished composers, such as Tan Dun (Water Music and Paper Music), Qigang Chen (“Yuan” and Instants d'un Opera de Pekin) and Krzysztof Penderecki (Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima). He has also worked with pop stars including Jay Chou, John Legend, Zhang Liangying, Sun Nan, Chris Botti, Phoenix Legend and Yang Kun.


Xia Xiaotang is currently serving as the General Music Director of the "Triple Senior" Symphony Orchestra. "Triple Senior" Symphony Orchestra is consisted of senior national cadres (Ministers and above), senior military officers (Major Generals and above), senior professors (tenured professors and full professors). In the performance in December 2012 at the National Center for the Performing Arts, many national leaders and over a hundred ambassadors attended and spoke highly of the conductor. The concert went unprecedentedly successful. Now Xia Xiaotang is leading the "Triple Senior" (now renamed as Starry Sky Symphony Orchestra), vigorously promoting and disseminating classical music in China, and actively promoting "Musicalizing China".


As the principal conductor of China Youth Symphony Orchestra, Xia Xiaotang has been committed to the building and developing the orchestra, leading the orchestra in hundreds of concerts in cities both domestically and internationally, touring Europe in numerous times. In 2008, the orchestra performed Richard Strauss's "Don Juan" and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No.2 in Seoul, winning warm tears from the audience with their passionate and profound musical performance. In the past years have Xia led the orchestra to London, Vienna, Berlin, Geneva and Krakow, just to name a few. In recent years, they have performed in National Centre for the Performing Arts Mahler's "First Symphony," "Fifth Symphony", Beethoven's "Fifth Symphony", "Ninth Symphony," Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique", Richard Strauss’ “Till Eulenspiegel" and " Ein Heldenleben ", Debussy ‘s “La Mer” and other large-scale symphonic works, with rigorous, accurate, passionate, and unrestrained conducting style. Every show left many wonderful moments of extraordinary excitement, widely praised by musicians. Many mainstream media have reported him, calling him "highly gifted conductor", "every cell of his is conducting music", "a conductor expressing music with soul songs", "his gestures have clearly explained the full content of the music", as well as "a conductor for perfectly enjoying music and vision".


 

Jiao Yang 

 

A promising young chinese conductor who has been very active on the international stage.

 

A graduate of Yale University, “Hanns Eisler” School of Music Berlin and Central Conservatory of Music Beijing.was under the mentorship by Christian Ehwald and Hans-Dieter Baum, Yongyan Hu、 Shinik Hahm,Otto Mueller, William Boughton,he had also received guidance in several international master classes with Riccardo Muti,Jorma Panula, Daniel Harding, David Zinman and Gennady Rozhdestvensky.

 

Jiao currently served as Associate Music Director of Lanzhou Symphony Orchestra in Chinn,and the Music Director of Ensemble Tempus Loquendi Dusseldorf in Germany.He was also the Music Director of New Haven Chamber Orchestra in USA, and the resident conductor of EOS Orchestra-Orchestral Academy at CCOM.After a sold out Concert with the China national ballet symphony orchestra in NCPA Beijing in February, following engagements during the 2017 season will be guest conducting the opening concert of beijing modern music fetival, the debut with HongKong City chamber Orchestra as the closing concert of the world harp congress 2017, the guest conducting with Shenzhen Sympnony, Sichuan Philharmonic, Shannxi Philharmonic, and Harbin

Symphony, as well as the return with the China NCPA Orchestra and China national Ballet.

 

In Summer 2016, Jiao was hand picked by Maestro Riccardo Muti from a huge global pool as one of the four Participants who were invited to join the Ravenna Festival and working closely with Maestro Muti and the Cherubini Orchestra in Italy for “La Traviata” ,which completed with a very successful performance.

 

During the Spring of 2016, Jiao had just made a big success with the prestigious Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt in Berlin Konzerthaus. And also guest conducted the Philharmonic Moldova Iasi in Romania.

 

In 2014 Autumn, Jiao won the second prize from the 5th International Conducting Competition Bucharest Jeunesses Musicales and was immediately invited by the “George Enescu” Philharmonic orchestra Bucharest for conducting a concert in the Romania Enescu International Music Festival.

In 2012 summer, he was awarded the top prize of China “Li Delun” national conducting competition under the Gennady Rozhdestvensky as the president of judge in Qingdao.

After the first successfully collaboration with The China NCPA Orchestra in 2012 , Jiao has been being very regularly invited in each year at NCPA. It was specifically featured with two of very acclaimed concerts as establishing the new chamber orchestra project of the NCPA Orchestra in 2013.

At 2013 June, Jiao has worked with Chicago Civic Orchestra for the 2nd International Chicago Symphony Orchestra “Sir Goerg Solti” Conducting Apprenticeship under the direction of Riccardo Muti. Few Weeks after that, Jiao stood on the podium of the prestigious Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich for The 4th International Conducting Master Class as the only Asia name invited by Maestro David Zinman.

In 2013 Spring, Jiao had made a highly successful debut with Beijing Symphony Orchestra in China this March.In the August 2013, Jiao was appoined as the conductor and artistic director for the 6th China International Youth Arts Festival Opening Concert.

 

As an enthusiastic contemporary music explorer, Jiao has been invited by the Beijing Modern Music Festival for over 10 years, besides, he has also successfully conducted a US premiere concert which in a Chamber program by renowned Finish composer Kaija Saariaho in New Haven at 2012.

 

He has worked with several significant orchestra in the US and Europe such as:Chicago Civic Symphony Orchestra,Tonhalle-Orcehstra Zurich,Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, “George Enescu” Philharmonic Orchestra Bucharest, The Brandenburger Symphoniker Orchestra, The NCPA Orchestra China,Beijing Symphony Orchestra,Shanghai Opera House and number of major orchestra around China and Asia area.


 

Performers  According to the repertoire order

 

Mengla Huang

 

As one of the most active violinists in the world stage, Mengla Huang occupies a unique position in his native land brimming with astonishing talents. As one of the most active violinists in the world stage, Mengla Huang occupies a unique position in his native land brimming with astonishing talents. Huang came to international attention after taking first prize at the prestigious Premio Paganini International Violin Competition in Italy in 2002, where he was also awarded with the Renato De Barbieri Memorial Award for the best interpretation of Paganini's Caprices, and the Mario Ruminelli Memorial Award.

 

As a concert artist, his brilliant technique and unique interpretations have fascinated audiences throughout Asia, Europe and North America. He has performed with many of the world’s finest orchestras including the Dresden Staatskapelle, Bamberg, Danish National, Mexico, Norrkoping, Singapore, Sendai, NHK, and Tokyo Symphony Orchestras, the Luxembourg, Nice, Czech, Belgrade, Osaka, Kyoto, Japan, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, and in his native land the China National, and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, among many others. Conductors with whom he has collaborated include names such as Neeme Jarvi, Jonathan Nott, Long Yu, Mario Venzago, Henrik Schaefer, Muhai Tang, Nicola Luisotti, Edo de Waart, Nikolaj Znaider, Jahja Ling, Jia Lü, Ryusuke Numajiri, Thomas Dausgaard, and Tovey Bramwell.

 

At the beginning of 2011, he initiated cooperation with the renowned Dresden Staatskapelle and toured together in China and Germany. Then his tour with Czech Philharmonic Orchestra was marked as the prelude of 2011/12 season. In March 2012, he received great success after the Mexican tour with Maxico National Symphony Orchestra, and the following July he performed with Dresden Staatskapelle again in Germany.

 

In 2013 he toured with the renowned Württemberg Chamber Orchestra and Prague Chamber Orchestra in China with applauds from the critics and audiences. The year followed by a series concerts in Japan and Italy.

 

Mengla Huang is a recording artist of Universal Music. 2005 saw his debut album Violin Showpieces on Deutsche Grammophon. His second recital album also released on Deutsche Grammophon, a collection of works written by violinist-composers titled Violinissimo, was released in 2008. His latest recording project was the 24 caprices by Paganini, which was released in 2011. He is the first Chinese violinest who records for DG exclusively.

 

In addition to the Paganini prizes, Huang was awarded the Gold Medal and Public Prize in the 2001 Sendai International Music Competition in Japan; Best Performance Prize in the 2001 Shanghai Spring International Festival, and the Second Prize in the 2000 Lipinsky and Wieniawsky International Violin Competition in Poland. In 2007, he received the first Montegrappa’s Genio Creativo Award, an annual international award for young talented artists who represent creativity and innovation in different fields of art from different countries. In the same year he also received a series of awards from Royal Academy of Music Foundation and Ricci Foundation.

 

 

Shengnan Hu

 

Born in Jiangsu province of China, Shengnan Hu showed an extraordinary talent in music in her early childhood and began to learn to play the piano at the age of five. Later on at the age of ten, she began to learn to play her second instrument xylophone. In 1996, Hu entered music school affiliated to the Central Music Academy of China in Beijing, where she majored in the performing art of Pression instruments with Mr. zhao ji. In 2002,Shengnan Hu was enrolled by China Central Academy of Music and at the same year, she entered Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz and studied with professor Gerald Fromme(principal timpani player of Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra)and professor Ulrike Stadler,. Shengnan Hu was awarded the highest scholarship by the Austrian government and hailed to be one of the excellent students and the most promising percussionist of the Universität. In 2007,Shengnan Hu was enrolled by Hochschule fuer Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin, respectively studied with professor Li Biao, Rainer Seegers (principal timpani of Berlin Philharmonic)and Franz Schindlbeck(solo percussion of Berlin philharmonic),at same time,Hualso studing under Prof. Peter Sadlo in Mozarteum Salzburg for Master and graduated with performing art degree together with scholarship awarded by Berlin National Culture Foundation.  


Shengnan Hu won many competition awards including the coveted gold prize at Hummel International Percussion Instrument Competition in Munich. silver prize and best timpanist at the International Percussion Instrument Competition in Bulgaria(gold prize at this competition was not given).


Being a successful percussionist, Shengnan Hu can play over two hundred different percussion instruments, whether keyboard percussion instruments or drums from any parts of the world.Shengnan Hu’s concert always impressed the audience with her unique stage style and unique interpretation. She respectively played with many orchestras including Konzertorchester Berlin, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, China Philharmonie Orchester, China National Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Sichuan Philharmonie Orchester, Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, German Chamber Orchestra, Preussischen Chamber Orchester Germany, Austrian Brass Band, Percusemble Berlin and Percussion NOVA Graz . Hu Sheng Nan’s concerts have brought her to Germany, France, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Algeria, Turkey and many more other countries. She was also frequently invited to give recitals at many music festivals such as BAD KISSINGEN and The Best of Berlin, Kassel Music Festival,Young Euro Classic Festival Berlin, Music Festival at Central Music Academy in Beijing, Linz International Percussion Music Festival, Leoben Music Festival. In 2008,Shengnan Hu was invited to play at the Closing Ceremony of Beijing Olympic 2008. She played in many well known concert halls as Berlin Philharmonic Concert Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Brandenburg Theater Germany, Berlin Music Conservatory Concert Hall and the concert hall of China Central Academy of Music.


She is the Founder and Artistic Director for "Cycle Percussion Berlin" , leader of the Workshop of Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin and Kassel Music Festival.

 

Since 2013, Shengnan HU start to give masterclasses regularly in China Consevatory,Shenyang Conservatory and Sichuan Conservatory.


Live recordings of Shengnan Hu for many times were broadcasted by ORF, Classical Music Channel OE1 of Austria, German Radio and CCTV in China. Her concerts won many credits such asan unparalleled percussion music show by Austria Crown, a new rising percussionist star with big charm by Berlin Post and many more by Brandenburg Daily, China Music Weekly, China Instrument and Beijing Paper.


Who is Hu is Shengnan Hu’s debut CD released to honor herself at the time when she was awarded performing art degree. Hu is a magical spirit on the stage, her performance can bring tears and excitement out of the audience and Her music comes directly from the very bottom of her heart. She is very young but a very matured and pure true musician. She knows how to present the best music to her audience.

 

 

Xie Tian 

 

Xie Tian -- a tenor singer and associate professor at the Department of Vocal and Opera of the Central Conservatory of Music.In 1996 , he was admitted to the Department of Vocal and opera of the Central Conservatory of Music , studying under renowned educator Professor Guo Shuzhen .In 2006 , he obtained his dual master’s degree in opera performance and teaching and remained at the Conservatory to teach .2011 went to Italy studied at Italy Rome“Santa Cecilia”conservatory of Music, following the legendary Italian tenor master Angelo·Loforese and artistic director master Leonardo·Marzagaria.

 

Since 2004 , Xie has attained outstanding results in various international competitions , including winning the Gold Prize in his solo performance at the April Spring International Art Festival in North Korea.The Special Prize in the Tchaikovsky International Vocal competition in 2007 , and 1st Prize in the 4th China International Vocal Competition in 2008,1st prize in the 9th National Vocal Competition of China in 2010.

 

Xie has Staged countless splendid performances in hundreds of concerts .As a opera singer, his first performance was acting Alfredo in Verdi’s opera ‘La Traviata’ in September 2005 , after that include acting Tamino in Mozart’s opera ‘Magic Flute’ , acting Pinkerton in ‘Madama Butterfly’, acting Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s opera ‘Eugene Onegin’, acting Marico in Verdi's opera ‘Il travatore’,acting Radames inVerdi's opera ‘Aida’. He also performed , includinging Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ , Beethoven’s religious work ‘Missa Solemnis’ , Handel’s religious work ‘Missiah’ , Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.2‘Lobgesang’, and Beethoven's Symphony No.9.

 

 

 

Song Yuanming

  

Yuanming Song obtained Graduate Artist Diploma and Double Master’s Degree in "Opera and Light Opera" and "Art Songs and Cantata" at University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna under the tutelage of Professor Franz Lukasovsky.

 

She has won several awards including the first prize at the 48th Concours International de Chant de La Ville de Toulouse; the first prize and the award of "Best Singer" at the 44th Antonín Dvořák International Vocal Competition in Czech Republic.

 

She has performed at Schlosstheater Schönbrunn, Grazer Opera House, Karlovy Vary Opera House, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Buenos Aires Teatro, Santiago Teatro in Chile, Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts, Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall and Salzburger Festspiele, and has worked with Wiener Philharmoniker as well as renowned conductors including Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim and Valery Gergiev. She has starred operas including Don Giovanni, La Bohème, Turandot, L’italiana in Algeri, Die Fledermaus, Guglielmo Tell, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Pasquale, Die Lustige Witwe, La Traviata and Il Trovatore.



Program Notes


The Far Away Mast


The Far Away Mastis a follow-up piece of the Mast at Dawn for percussion and orchestra. Just like the latter, TheFar Away Mast is a philosophical piece aiming to mark the historical moments and unveil the nature of mankind through unique music language.

The piece is introduced by a distant and melodious prelude, unrolling a profound past. Mysterious images and colors are then brought in, generating rich acoustic effects with an inspiration wide and far-reaching. As the adagio gradually comes to a full play, a motion characterized by dynamic and tension emerge and lead the piece into a stormy and impressive allegro. The acoustic effect of the piece now is fused with fierce tension and overwhelming magnitude while the harmony, dynamics and register change at a fast tempo, altogether creating a powerful impact on the sounding atmosphere. A prolonged and lingering theme line then follows the burst of energies in resonance with the prelude, yet the vigorous motion pierces the short moment of tranquility when the piece is thought to have come to the end. The expressive motion, together with a mysterious spirit carries the music to the far-end and fades into the sky.

 

 

 XIAN Xinghai in Russia (an opera scene) 

“The Midnight is Approaching” from the opera Xian Xinghai in Russia


Some Memories and flashbacks


In the 1950s near by the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory there was a bookstore where young composer Du Mingxing used to spend his idle time. One day he was browsing a book at the store when a Russian women stared at him and asked, “are you from China? ” “Yes” replied Du, “I am now a composition student at the Conservatory.” The woman then said, “Do you know Xian XInghai?” Du nodded, “Definitely. He was one of the greatest composers of China.” With tears in her eyes, the woman got excited, “For years I finally see a face from Asia, finally a student from his own country! Do you want to visit his grave?” Du Mingxing agreed without a second of hesitation. A taxi took them to the graveyard in the outskirts of the city. There on the cinerary casket a name Huang Xun spelled in Russian letters was carved. That was the pseudonym of Xian Xinghai and that woman was Rahil, a Jewish English teacher of a middle school. In the Spring of 1944, Rahil met Xian Xinghai in Qostanay, Kazakhstan and had since then stayed with him until his last moment on earth. After his death she had been leading a harsh life and could barely pay the taxi fee. Du Mingxin paid the taxi driver and recorded this encounter with music.

 


 

WuXing/Water for orchestra (2013)


In Chinese cosmology, the five elements or five «phases» (wu xing 五行) represent an intricate process of interwoven forces. While the material identity of each of these elements is largely metaphorical, their function as agents and carriers of energy, energy transfer, creation and destruction is concrete and complex. Together, they form a cycle, a rhythmic and highly dynamic interplay of heterogenous and yet complementary forces.

Tied to this concept are many aspects: human health, psyche and personality, the time of human birth, procreation and death are all as much subject to wu xing, as are the seasons of the year, the circulation of weather patterns and the processes and patterns of nature.

In my «WuXing»-cycle of five works for orchestra each piece is consecrated to one of these elements. WuXing/Water is the third piece in the series after WuXing/Metal (2006-2011) commissioned by the SWR and WuXing/Fire (2010) commissioned by Philharmonic Orchestra of Cottbus, Germany. The five pieces in this cycle are not program music, but rather take the concept of wu xing as a dynamic model, which determines much of the overall design of my cycle, such as the relationship of the pieces to one another and the order of their succession. Wu xing also impact the character design and choice of material for each of the individual compositions. For each piece I try to charge my musical objects as much as possible with musical attributes corresponding to the characteristcs of the five individual agents of wu xing. This compositional strategy perhaps is driven by my fundamental interest in the associative and communicative qualities of music as such, and all forms of musical organisation and design.

The cultural connotations of Water are rich, ranging from the magical and auratic to the nourishing, from the seductive or sensual to the purifying and threatening.Water in the wu xing system denotes on the one hand a conserving, downward motion bound for stillness, even death and is the carrier of anxiety and fear. On the other hand, water stands for intelligence, suppleness and insurmountable perseverance. It is agile and a dazzling shape-shifter. A still surface of water reflects what is outside, while concealing what lies underneath. Change perspective and it becomes visible.



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