2017 Chinese New Year Concert


Proudly Presents



7.30pm, Thursday 9 February 2016

QPAC Concert Hall


Australia & China’s brightest stars join QSO for a spectacular evening of
eastern and western masterworks.

Conductor: Dane Lam - one of the most talented Australian conductors in the world.
Soprano: Ya Fen - a very famous Chinese folk-style soprano with sweet voice.
Erhu: Ma Xiaohui - China's top Erhu artist embracing international career.
Pipa: Zhao Cong - China’s best Pipa artist conveying Chinese music to the world.
Piano: Piers Lane - one of the most inquisitive and engaging live world solo pianists.
Violin: Zoë Black - a versatile classical fiddler with beautiful sound and natural virtuosity.

ACCCA Special Discount Adult Price: 20% off without transaction fee


ACCCA Student / Children Price: $50 without transaction fee

(Box Office: Adult $87, Concession $74, Student $50 + $6.95 transaction fee)

Contact: Tanya Tan 0422 191 618, tanya@accca.com.au

QSO: www.qso.com.au

Proudly supported by:
Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China
Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Australia
Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Brisbane

Concert Artists


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.

Dane Lam, Conductor

Australian conductor Dane Lam is Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of China's Xi'an Symphony Orchestra. Acclaimed by Limelight magazine as “one of the most talented young conductors Australia has produced” and by the Manchester Evening News as “a master of rhythmic and articulatory complexities”, he has earned a reputation as an electrifying musician in a large and varied repertoire.  Prior to Xi'an Dane had highly-acclaimed tenures as Principal Conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra; Associate Conductor with Opera Holland Park; and was Assistant Conductor to Kurt Masur at the Orchestre National de France and Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Sydney Symphony.

First appearing with the Sydney Symphony in the Sydney Opera House at age 18, Dane has since conducted orchestras on four continents including the Melbourne, Adelaide and Queensland Symphonies, Manchester Camerata, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Sofia Festival Orchestra, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, and Juilliard Orchestra.  In recent full seasons Dane has conducted Opera Holland Park, RTE Concert Orchestra (Dublin), Manchester Camerata, the Hokkaido Chamber Players and Dunedin’s Southern Sinfonia among many others. He made his German début with the Munich Radio Orchestra and his Royal Festival Hall début with members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.  He led the world première season of Jonathan Henderson’s opera Dirty Apple with Opera Queensland.

Born into a musical family, Dane began to play the piano as a child, followed by studies in clarinet. He was first introduced to conducting through the Symphony Australia Conductor Programme. After completing his study at the University of Queensland under Gwyn Roberts, Dane was accepted (aged 22) as a postgraduate student under James DePreist at New York’s Juilliard School.  He also studied under Maestro Gelmetti at Siena’s Accademia Musicale Chigiana.  Distinguished conductors such as Christopher Seaman, Sir Mark Elder, Michael Tilson-Thomas and Martyn Brabbins have mentored Dane over the years.

Ya Fen, Soprano

Yafen is a famous Chinese folk-style soprano at the Art Troupe of the China Police Headquarters and a member of the Chinese Musicians Association. She had won many times of the gold medals and first prizes at the national vocal competitions. Graduated from the Suzhou Art School, the China Central Conservatory of Music and the China PLA Art Institute, she was studying from the famous vocal professors of Mr Jin Tielin, Wang Zhixin, and Tang Zuoding etc.

Yafen was born in Yixing, a beautiful city in the south of the Yangtze River. She has a very stylish beautiful sweet voice, not only able to sing soft and sentimental songs, but also able to express army majestic carols. She has performed on many occasions with the China National Symphony Orchestra, China Police Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra along with some famous Chinese conductors. The National Performing Arts Centre, Great Hall of the People, Beijing Concert Hall, Shanghai Grand Theater, CCTV and regional TV stations have been echoed with her elegant and wonderful songs.

Yafen has toured and performed before in New Zealand, Australia and some other countries.  She published her solo albums of “Fellow Meet Fellow”, “Jiangnan Impression” and “Fragrant China”, and had successfully held her solo concert “Jiangnan Image, Military Memory”. In recent years, Yafen filmed music videos of Suzhou Folk Song masterpieces “Flying Twin Butterflies” and “Meet in Millennium”, which were broadcasted on China CCTV and were greatly acclaimed by the audience.

Piers Lane, Piano

No praise could be high enough for Piers Lane whose playing throughout is of a superb musical intelligence, sensitivity, and scintillating brilliance. - Bryce Morrison, Gramophone

London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane stands out as an engaging and highly versatile performer. In great demand as soloist and collaborative artist, recent highlights include a performance of Busoni’s mighty piano concerto at Carnegie Hall, premieres of Carl Vine’s second Piano Concerto, written for him, with the Sydney Symphony and the London Philharmonic, and a sold-out performance of Chopin’s complete Nocturnes at Wigmore Hall.

Five times soloist at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, Piers Lane’s concerto repertoire exceeds ninety works and has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras including the BBC and ABC orchestras; the American, Bournemouth and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestras; the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, the Royal Philharmonic, and Warsaw Philharmonic orchestras among many others. Leading conductors with whom he has worked include Andrey Boreyko, Sir Andrew Davis, Andrew Litton, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Marko Letonja, Vassily Sinaisky, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Antoni Wit.

Piers Lane has recently been appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia. He has been the Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music since 2007 and President of the European Piano Teachers’ Association UK along with many other titles. In the Queens Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished services to the arts as pianist, mentor and organiser. Piers Lane’s discography of over 50 CDs includes much admired recordings. He is also in great demand as a collaborative artist, partnership with violinist Tasmin Little, clarinettist Michael Collins, Goldner String Quartet, and great singers of the world. Many composers have written for Piers Lane and he has premiered works by Brett Dean, Dave Heath, Colin Matthews, Richard Mills, Carl Vine, Benjamin Wallfisch and Malcolm Williamson, etc.

Zhao Cong, Pipa

Zhao Cong is a famous and excellent Chinese musician, currently the chief Pipa performer of China National Orchestra and the China national first-class performer.  She was the first person as an art visiting scholar to Stanford University in America. Being authenticated as the ‘Maestro Performer of International World Music Instruments’ by the Arts Council San Jose, Zhao Cong has been appointed as the judge to many national and international music competitions, as well as the Distinguished Artist of China Day in Harvard University and the Special Guest Artist at 2015 Chinese New Year Concert by Ivy League.

Zhao Cong has toured international and performed in more than 30 countries. Her strings’ melody has echoed in many world-class theatres like Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Barbican Centre, Sapporo Concert Hall and Grand Theatre of St. Petersburg, etc. Her performance at 2016 G20 Summit in Hangzhou China was well acclaimed by the world leaders and the international media. Zhao Cong had published many solo albums of “Carmen”, “Sound of China”, “Forever sutra”, “New talks of Pipa”, and “The flying fairy of Silk Road”. The album “Sound of China” was the first Chinese traditional music CD published by Universal Music Group (UMG).

The world top media the Guardian remarked that, “Zhao Cong’s wonderful performance makes Chinese folk music sound to be very promising”. The director of UMG Danny said, “Zhao Cong’s music gives us the power to promote Chinese folk music to the world”. Many mainstream media in the world such as American TV station, the official website of John F. Kennedy Arts Center reported Zhao Cong and her wonderful performances, and they honored Zhao Cong as “a music diplomat’ to use “Pipa to convey the beauty of Chinese folk music to the world, and has made great contributions to the internationalization of Chinese music”.


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". Xiaohui had performed at 2016 the Year of the Monkey concert in Brisbane and her marvellous music stunned and overwhelmed all audience in the hall no matter the western or eastern! 

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.

Zoë Black, Violin

Zoë Black is known for her beautiful sound and natural virtuosity. She has performed throughout the world as soloist, chamber musician and is currently a part-time violinist with the ACO. Previously, Zoë held the position of Assistant Leader with the ACO for five years. During the past decade she has dedicated her energies to chamber music and was a founding member of Freshwater and Firebird Trios.

Zoë was born in Melbourne and has won numerous awards including the National Youth Concerto Competition in 1989 and the string section of the ABC Young Performers Awards in 1991. After graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1992, Zoë was awarded grants from the Australia Council and Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Trust and received the major performance award from the Australian Musical Foundation in London where she studied at the Guildhall School of Music under David Takeno, and subsequently at the Vienna Hochschule. Zoë has also studied and performed in Moscow and at Tanglewood; with the Juilliard, Guarneri and Takács Quartets; and in Israel with Shlomo Mintz. She has appeared as soloist with the Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony orchestras. She has also performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Wiener Kammerorchester. She regularly appears at Festivals around Australia and internationally.

In 2011 she joined forces with Joe Chindamo to form a duo dedicated to presenting a creative mixture of new compositions and unique reimaginings of classical works. Their acclaimed CD "reimaginings" was released in 2012.

Highlights of the Concert  Download...
Pipa Goddess Zhao Cong  Download...
Erhu Queen Ma Xiaohui  Download... 
Waterlands Beauty Ya Fen  Download...  
Australian Piano Maestro PIERS LANE  Download...
Australian Outstanding Violinist ZOË BLACK  Download...
Review: 2016 Chinese New Year Concert  Download...