Chinese New Year in 2016, The Year of the Monkey will be celebrated in style at Brisbane when the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, supported by the Australian Centre of Chinese Culture and Arts, will perform on Thursday 11th February, 2016 in the stunningly renovated concert space under the dome at Brisbane City Hall.
This will be a concert not to miss.
The Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) plays a pivotal role in Queensland’s arts and cultural 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.
Fusing two cultural traditions in music, the concert will feature the dazzling Reflection of a vanished time (Reflet d’un temps disparu) for cello and orchestra by Chinese composer Qigang Chen (b1951-).
The conductor for the evening Darrell Ang is a pre-eminent young conductor, a regular guest with some of the world’s greatest orchestras.
They include the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de Lyon, Munich Radio, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Belgian National Orchestra and more.
Having studied at St. Petersburg and at Yale University Darrell Ang was mentored by Lorin Maazel, Sir Colin Davis and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
He has been the Music Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne since 2012.
In his native Singapore, he is the youngest Associate Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Music Director of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra.
In 2010, Darrell Ang led the World Youth Olympic Games Orchestra in the first-ever World Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
Chief Conductor of the NTSO Taiwan-China Youth Orchestra, Darrell Ang was at the heart of an initiative bringing the best young musicians from China and Taiwan together.
He led them in a series of concerts at the national concert halls of Beijing and Taipei.
Cello soloist will be Li-Wei Quin, an acclaimed chamber musician with a ‘meltingly beautiful tone’.
He has performed with Rundfunk- Sinfonieorchester Berlin, London Philharmonic, Prague Symphony, BBC Symphony and Sydney Symphony. A regular guest at the Wigmore Hall, the BBC Proms and the City of London, Jerusalem, Rheingau and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Music Festivals Li-Wei Quin’s recent appearances include appearing with the Adelaide, Melbourne and Singapore Symphony Orchestras.
He also recently recorded the Elgar Cello Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
The very lovely Ma Xiaohui is back to win many new fans for the Erhu.
This is a very stylish, traditional Chinese string instrument that can trace its origins back more than a thousand years.
She previously performed her elegant Erhu music at the Asian Pacific Screen Awards Ceremony at the Gold Coast in December 2010.
Known in the west as a Chinese violin although the Erhu has two strings it has no frets.
Held virtually vertical, the bow is strung between the two strings (which are very close) and bowing causes both the strings to vibrate. The left hand alters the tone of the strings by pressing on the string at the normal harmonic points.
She has extended her ancient versatile instrument’s boundaries with her own new tone colours and fully developed technique.
Mezzo Soprano Aoyun Gerile lead soloist for the China Opera and Dance Drama Theatre who is well known for her sweet grassland songs will be sure to woo the crowd.
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.
Yingdi Sun will play piano, praised as “Liszt in primary colors”, he won first prize at prestigious Franz Liszt Piano Competition.
Shanghai-born, Yingdi Sun’s prizes in 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.
Studying with Professor Sheng Yi-qi at the Conservatory of Music in Shanghai, Yingdi Sun has participated in master classes with French classical pianist and conductor Philippe Entremont, renowned Chinese piano soloist Xu Zhong and London based pianist Leslie Howard.
The QSO, with a history dating back to 1871, has been wowing the crowds in Brisbane with their passion for live symphonic music. Over that period they have become renowned for their innovative programming and touching the hearts of Queenslanders and visitors to Brisbane through the sweet sounds of music that enriches lives.
The main aim of the Australian Centre of Chinese Culture and Arts is to introduce mainstream Australia to fine Chinese culture and performing arts.
This concert promises to be exceptional.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2016
Thursday 11th February, 2016
Conductor Darrell Ang
Cello Li-Wei Qin
Erhu Ma Xiaohui
Piano Yingdi Sun
Mezzo-Soprano Aoyun Gerile