2016 Chinese New Year Concert
QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY CONCERT
WITH SUPPORT FROM ACCCA
7.30pm, Thursday 11 February 2016
Brisbane City Hall
QSO Celebrates Chinese New Year — Year of the Monkey!
This joyous program will feature a fusion of traditional Chinese music, great western masterworks and the contemporary genius of Qigang Chen’s dazzling Reflet d’un temps disparu (Reflection of a vanished time) for Cello and Orchestra, as well as sweet grassland songs from China Inner Mongolia.
Conductor Darrell Ang - Asia's pre-eminent young conductor, World-class new rising star.
Mezzo Soprano Aoyun Gerile - China's Legendary mezzo soprano and a pop star for her sweet grassland songs.
Erhu Ma Xiaohui - China's first-class traditional artists embracing an international career.
Cello Li-Wei Qin - An exclusive Universal Music China / Australia Artist.
Piano Yingdi Sun - First Prize at prestigious Franz Liszt Piano Competition and is praised as the “Liszt in primary colors”.
Ticket Price: Adult $85 + $6.2 booking fee per transaction
Bookings through ACCCA will get 30% off with no booking fee, all sales in $59.5!
Contact: Tanya Tan 0422 191 618, firstname.lastname@example.org
QSO web: www.qso.com.au
Proudly supported by:
Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Australia
Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Brisbane
QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
As an arts leader and great Australian orchestra the QSO plays a pivotal role in Queensland’s arts landscape – educating; mentoring aspiring performers; touring regional centres; broadcasting and performing with state, national and international ballet and opera companies. Each year the QSO attracts the world’s best conductors and soloists as part of its acclaimed concert season, in addition to presenting unique blockbuster events.
QSO is passionate about commissioning innovative new programs and Australian works, and as the first Australian orchestra to partner with Foxtel Arts, continues to invest in collaborations, recordings and digital initiatives. In 2014 alone, the QSO engaged with over 1.1 million people. In October 2015, QSO announced Alondra de la Parra as Music Director Designate. Ms la Parra will commence in 2017.
DARRELL ANG, CONDUCTOR
Asia's pre-eminent young conductor, Darrell Ang was born in Singapore and is a regular guest with some of the world's greatest orchestras: the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool, Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de Lyon, Munich Radio, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, NHK Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, RTVE Madrid, La Verdi, Belgian National Orchestra, etc. Having studied in St. Petersburg and at Yale, he was mentored by Lorin Maazel, Sir Colin Davis and Esa-Pekka Salonen. He is Music Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne since 2012.
In his native Singapore, he became the youngest Associate Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and served as the Music Director of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra. In 2010, Darrell Ang led the World Youth Olympic Games Orchestra in an internationally-televised opening ceremony of the first-ever World Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. As the Chief Conductor of the NTSO Taiwan-China Youth Orchestra, Darrell was at the heart of the initiative which brought together the best young musicians from China and Taiwan, leading them in highprofile concerts at the national concert halls of Beijing and Taipei.
AOYUN GERILE, MEZZO-SOPRANO
Aoyun Gerile is honoured in China as a legendary mezzo soprano. Since 2000, she has performed internationally as a lead soloist in the China Opera and Dance Drama Theatre (CNODDT). Performance highlights include solos in Aida, Turandot, Romeo and Juliet, Messiah, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 and Mahler’s Symphony No.8. However, in China, Aoyun is best known as one of the most welcomed pop stars and she is very much admired for her sweet China Inner Mongolian grassland songs.
Aoyun has won numerous awards including the gold award of bel-canto group by the Ministry of Culture for China’s Singer Television Contest, and first prize in the National Excellent Song Competitions for her original song Only One China.
Aoyun’s first album Flower Lake and Grassland became the top selling album on China Audio and Video Network in the first week of its release. Her most recent album ‘Love of Nature’ includes all her top ranking popular singles in recent years.
MA XIAOHUI, ERHU
Ma Xiaohui is an erhu player and composer from Shanghai, China. She is one China's few first-class traditional artists embracing an international career. Critics have referred to her as "an artist who speaks with the world through Erhu" and "a musician who plays with heart".
Ma is perhaps most readily recognized for her duet with famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma on the Oscar-winning soundtrack for the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts regarded her 1999 Millennium Stage performance among that year's ten finest concerts.
Raised in an academic family and having played erhu since age six, Ma graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and served as concert master for the Shanghai Traditional Orchestra before commencing her independent career. Among her diverse associations, Miss Ma is a member of the United Nations Oriental Art Center, guest professor at Southwest Jiaotong University (Chengdu), love envoy of the 2007 World Special Olympics, and Cultural Ambassador to the 2010 World Exposition in Shanghai. She also advises the Hong Kong Youth Music Association and the Ningbo Folk Music Orchestra, as well as directing her own Shanghai Xiaohui Art Center.
LI-WEI QIN, CELLO
An exclusive Universal Music China Artist, Li-Wei Qin has appeared all over the world as a soloist and as a chamber musician. After achieving great success at the 11th Tchaikovsky International Competition where he was awarded the Silver Medal, Li-Wei has since won the First Prize in the prestigious 2001 Naumburg Competition in New York. “A superbly stylish, raptly intuitive performer ” (Gramophone Magazine, January 2015) was the description of the cellist’s Elgar and Walton concerti recording with the London Philharmonic.
Born in Shanghai, Li-Wei moved to Australia at the age of 13, before accepting scholarships to study with Ralph Kirshbaum at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.
In 2002, Li-Wei received the Young Australian of the Year Award. Other major invitations included appearances at both the 2008 Beijing Olympics (New Zealand Symphony), 2012 London Olympics and the Davos World Economics Forum (Basel Symphony Orchestra).
YINGDI SUN, PIANO
In April 2005, 25-year-old Yingdi Sun won First Prize at the prestigious international Franz Liszt Piano Competition, in Utrecht. This led to a two-year concert tour in the Netherlands and abroad. In addition to many appearances in leading Dutch concert halls, he will perform in France, Belgium, Germany, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Great Britain, Indonesia, China, New Zealand, Singapore, United States and South Africa.
As a concerto soloist, Yingdi Sun has performed in Amsterdam's Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. He was recently the guest of the Chinese President as part of the festivities for the visit of President George Bush to China.
Shanghai-born, Yingdi Sun's prizes in his native China included the Golden Bell Award at the Second National Piano Competition. In 2004, he was awarded a grant from Yamaha to present chamber music concerts with prize winners from the International Paganini Violin Competition and Tchaikovsky International Music Competition. Yingdi Sun studied with Professor Sheng Yi-qi at the Conservatory of Music in Shanghai and has participated in master classes of Philippe Entremont, Xu Zhong and Leslie Howard.