• US Tour

US Tour

Conductor: Zhang Guoyong, Lin Yousheng, Zhang Chengjie

Orchestra: Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

Program A

Verdi: La forzadeldestino– Overture

Yellow River Piano Concerto(Based on the Yellow River Cantata by Xian Xinghai; Arranged by Yin Chengzong, Chu Wanghua, Sheng Lihong, Liu Zhuang)

- Intermission –

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor Op. 95 From the New World

Program B

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor Op. 23

- Intermission -

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No.2 in E minorOp.27

Program C

Verdi: Nabucco - Overture

Sibelius :Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 OR Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto

- Intermission –

Shostakovich: Symphony No.5 in D minor Op.47

Program D

Rossini: Ilbarbiere di Siviglia - Overture

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35 OR Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto

- Intermission –

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique Op.14

  • About

Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

The Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra was established in 1956 along with the construction of the famous Shanghai Opera House.

The Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra is renowned for its interpretation of classical symphony repertoire. The orchestra performs the masterpieces of the world’s most historic composers such as Beethoveen’s symphonies No. 6 and No.7, Tchaikovsky’s symphonies No. 4, 5 and 6; Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 and Violin Concerto No.3; Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique; Mahler’s symphonies No 1 and 4; Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 (From the New World) and 8; Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1, 5 and 7; Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1; Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, Finlandia and Symphony No. 2; Brahms Symphony No. 2 and 4; and Respighi’s Rome Series. The Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra additionally plays the works of famous Chinese composers such as Xian Xinghai’s Yellow River and He Zhanhao & Chen Gang’s Butterfly Lovers. The Orchestra also presents numerous overtures and music of operas and ballets.

The Orchestra has been conducted by renowned maestros such as Neeme Järvi, Franz Welser-Möst, Daniel Oren, Lorin Maazel, John Nelson, Thomas Sanderling, Markus Stenz, Zoltan Kocsis, Maurice Peress and Jan Latham-Koenig. The Orchestra has toured to Finland, Italy, UK, Germany, France, Estonia, Hong Kong and Macao. Its Principal Conductors are Zhang Guoyong, Lin Yousheng, and Zhang Chengjie.

The 2019 USA tour will be the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra’s debut at the concert halls of North America.

  • Principal Conductor

Zhang Guoyong

Zhang Guoyong began his study in conducting at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music under the direction of the famous conductor, Prof. Huang Xiaotong. After graduation in 1983, he remained as a teacher there until 1993, when he was sponsored by the Chinese government a four years’ study at the Moscow State Conservatory named after Tchaikovsky, where he studied under the world famous conductor G. Rozhdestvensky. Zhang Guoyong is now the Professor and the Dean of Conducting Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Principle Conductor of Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra, Vice Chairman of China Musicians Association. He has cooperated with many well-known orchestras including Russian State Orchestra, Russian Philharmonic, Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Macau Symphonic Orchestra, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra (Finland), Cannes Symphony Orchestra, Theatre Colon, etc. He is expert in Russian works, especially Shostakovich’s symphonies. Apart from the symphony orchestras , he also worked with opera houses both at home and abroad in numerous operas, such as Turandot, Rigoletto, Don Pasquale, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Madama Butterfly, Il Trittico La Boheme; La Traviata, Carmen, Otello, Pearl Fisher, the Nose, ballets like Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote. Nutcrackers, symphonic choruses like Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, Mozart’s Requiem, Song of the Forest, Stabat Mater, Carmina Burana and so on. In 2006, he was invited to be the jury of the 8th Cadaques International Conducting Competition in Spain.

Lin Yousheng

Lin Yousheng was graduated from the conducting department of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1983, under the direction of famous conductor Prof. Huang Xiaotong and is now the principal conductor of Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra, guest professor of the Shanghai University, the East China University of Political Science and Law, Tongji University, Shantou University.

The orchestras he worked with include Saarlande State Opera Orchestra, Germany, Theater Nordhausen, Germany, China National Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, etc. He has conducted many world classic operas: Turandot, Cosi Fan Tutte,, La Belle Helene, Eugene Onegin, La Boheme, the Bat, Cavalleria Rusticana and some Chinese operas such as : the Savage Field, the King of Chu, and Sister Jiang. He also conducted some dancing drama like the Qin Dynasty and Giselle. His conducting engagements have taken him to Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, etc.

During his career, Mr. Lin has received numbers of awards and honors in several arts festivals. In 2000, he won the prize of the best conductor in the 9th Rybnik International Festival, Poland. In 1992, he received the special allowances issued by the State Council. He was also once been entitled as the Shanghai Outstanding Educator of Art.

In 1995, his name was written into the International Who`s.

Zhang Chengjie

Zhang Chengjie, a distinguished young conductor and pianist who graduated from Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig in Germany with Master of Arts Degrees in both Piano and Conducting. He is the Principal Conductor with Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra, visiting scholar with Shanghai Conservatory of Music at Department of Conducting, as well as Honorary Principal Conductor with Opera House of Gan Su Province. He is also an honorary member of Leipzig Association, member of Shanghai Youth Federation of Literary and Arts Circles, volunteered at the 2015 Shanghai Spring International Music Festival, winner of the 2nd MDR Sino-Germany Broadcasting Conductor Competition and was awarded "the Best Conductor" at China Northwest Music Festival. He received the Talented Young Conductor Scholarship sponsored by Committee of 100/C100 in the United States and Richard Wagner Foundation Scholarship for young artists, Academy Awards of Leipzig in 2009. He studied piano, composing and conducting under Erbo Deng, Weihao Qiang, Qiangbin Chen and Guoyong Zhang and was promoted directly to Shanghai Conservatory of Music for his outstanding talents. He was greatly recognized by Maestro Kurt Masur and became one of his last disciples.

He was the assistant conductor of John Nelson of Metropolitan Opera in the United States. He was employed by Oper Leipzig and worked closely with Maestro Riccardo Chailly while in Germany.

His first debut after returning to China was successfully conducting the original opera "The Song of the Swallow"- a tribute to the Opera Legend Professor Xiaoyan Zhou hosted by Shanghai Opera House. He was the guest conductor attending Maestro Daniel Oren's Italy Tour in 2014. He has worked with many famous artists and has conducted over 20 opera productions and many symphony and chamber concerts. In 2016, he was invited by World Master Orchestra to work as the assistant conductor of Maestro Christoph Eschenbach for the orchestra’s debut in China.

The Journal of Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig reported that “his talents in conducting represent the new image of the Chinese artists after the Reform".

  • Violin Soloist

Chen Yangyuetong

Chen Yangyuetong, violinist, born in Nantong, Jiangsu Province in 1983. He started learning to play the violin at 4 years old in Children's Palace of Nantong, and began to study with Zhang Jingping, Professor of Nanjing University of the Arts, at 9 years old. He won the first prize in Youth Violin Competition of Jiangsu Province when he was 10.

From 1994, Chen studied with Zhang Shixiang for years, who is a well-known violinist of China and is also a professor of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 1996, Chen was admitted to both Music Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Music Middle School Affiliated to the Central Conservatory of Music with honours. He chose to stay in Shanghai, and learnt from Professor Zhao Danqing and Professor Zhou Binyou of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. During winter and summer vacations, Chen went to Beijing to achieve enlightenments from Professor Lin Yaoji of Central Conservatory of Music, Who is a famous violin educator of China.

From 1994, Chen studied with Zhang Shixiang for years, who is a well-known violinist of China and is also a professor of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 1996, Chen was admitted to both Music Middle School Affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Music Middle School Affiliated to the Central Conservatory of Music with honours. He chose to stay in Shanghai, and learnt from Professor Zhao Danqing and Professor Zhou Binyou of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. During winter and summer vacations, Chen went to Beijing to achieve enlightenments from Professor Lin Yaoji of Central Conservatory of Music, Who is a famous violin educator of China.

In 2002, at Chen's 19, he went to Sydney to continue studying with Professor Zhang Shixiang. He received an award the next year in Hobart Violin Competition. During his time in Australia, Chen worked for Sydney Symphony Orchestra for 2 years as a part-time performer. After that, in 2005, he went to USA for further training on invitation by the violinist Charles Avsharian. Chen learnt from him and the master violinist Ruggiero Ricci. During his stay in America, Chen attended 3 Schools one by another. They are the Meadowmount School of Music, founded by Ivan Galamian, Northwestern University Bienen School of Music in Chicago, and University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. During 2006-2007, he was the assistant concertmaster of Northwestern University Orchestra in Chicago.

Chen made the acquaintance of 'Meadowmount Trio' by chance, the well-known string quartet in USA. They participated many rehearsals together, from which Chen had learnt plenty of chamber music works and had gathered much experience in playing chamber music. Cellist Hans Jorgen Jensen, pianist Eric Larsen and violist Patricia McCartney had enlightened Chen a lot.

Chen had cooperated with many orchestras as an outstanding young violinist, like Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra and Northwestern University Orchestra, and also had many solo performances. In 2007, Chen came back to China, joint Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra as an introduced talent of Shanghai and acted as the concertmaster from that time to this day.

During these years, Chen had cooperated with plenty of famous orchestras in China, like Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Qingdao Symphony Orchestra, Guangxi Province Symphony Orchestra, Zhejiang Province Symphony Orchestra, Gansu Province Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, having performed many concertos like Brahms, Sibelius and Tchekovsky.

Chen had visited many countries like USA, Australia, Canada, Italy, Finland, Sweden, Spain, France, Japan and North Korea. In 2010, Chen and Ms. Midori, the international well-known violinist, were interviewed together while recording a program. In 2011, entrusted by Professor Zhang Shixiang, Chen became the general agent of Shanghai area of Zhang Shixiang Multimedia Violin School. In 2012, Chen performed 'Charles Camille Saint-Saens Concerto in B Minor' with Qingdao Symphony Orchestra successfully, conducted by the famous conductor Lior Shambadal. In 2015, Chen was invited to take the guest concertmaster of Gansu Province Symphony Orchestra as a part-time job.

Hua Hui

Hua Hui, violinist, graduated from Shanghai Conservatory of Music under the direction of Prof. Yu Lina and Wang Zhijiong. Taught by the famous violin educator Xu Duoqin, he started playing violin at the age of three, since when has he shown great musical talent. In the December of 2005, he won the first prize and the special prize in Na-merry International violin competition held in Kazakhstan, and then in 2013 in Germany, he won the 15th Kloster Schöntal International competition for violin. After being admitted to Shanghai Conservatory of Music with exemption from the entrance examinations, he was immediately appointed as the vice concertmaster of the college’s affiliated symphony orchestra. In his college years, he was awarded twice the National Scholarship and evaluated as the most potential young artist in the 4th International Violin Master Class & Violin Sonata Competition of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2015, he won the Golden Bell Award for Music, which is identified as the highest music award in China. And in the next year, he held his solo concert named “Full Bloom” and received high acclaims. Last year, he was invited as the guest artist and soloist to perform the opening concert of Shenyang Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 music season.

Hua Hui is also enthusiastic about international cultural communication and on behalf of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, he participated in many international exchange events, concerts and activities co-held by Royal Academy of Music, Royal Danish Academy of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, etc. His brilliant performances have received great comments from prestigious musicians such as Lin Cho-Liang, Ning Feng, He Wei, Shanghai Quartet, Vadim Repin, Oleg Krysa, Johannes Meissl, Tim Fredeniksen.

Deeply influenced by his mentor Prof. Yu Lina, who was the lead violinist at the premiere of the famous Chinese violin concerto “Butterfly Lovers”, Hua Hui is very keen to perform the violin music of Chinese style. Not only does he pursue the technical virtuosity, but also he’s devoted to convey the passion, the infinite imagination, as well as the cultural connotation implied in the music. Besides, he’s active in all kinds of public benefit activities and endeavors to advocate the beauty and joy music brings to our life and society.

  • Piano Soloist

Song Siheng

Pianist Siheng Song was born in Shanghai, China in 1981 and is widely regarded as one of the top pianists of his generation.

In 2002, study abroad in France in the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris with Prof. Marian Rybicki. After receiving his Diploma of Concert Pianist, he went on to study with Olivier Gardon in the Conservatory of Paris, and is currently studying privately with Dominique Merlet.

After moving to Paris,Siheng began collecting many definitive prizes, such as first prizes in the Pontoise Piano Campus Concours, Morocco International Piano Concours, Viseu International Competition in Portugal, Grand Prix Animato International Concours.He was also a prizewinner at the Leeds,Dublin,and most importantly, the Grand Prize at the 2004 Long Thibaud Piano Concours, making him the first Chinese to win this prestige competition.

Since his victory in Paris, Siheng Song has toured extensively worldwide,Tokyo,Soeul,Beijing,Shanghai,Paris,Berlin,London,NY and so on...His many festival engagements include festival de la Roque d'Antheron in France,Ruhr Festival in Germany,Beethoven Festival in Bonn,Chopin festival in Duszniki in Poland and so on.He has played with many orchestras outstanding such as Orchestra de Paris,Orchestra Philharmonic de Radio France,Orchestra Nationale de France,Orchestra Nationale de Lille,Orchestra Phiharmonic de Monte-Carlo,NRD Symphony Orchestra,Halle Orchestra of England,Chamber Orchestra of Vienna,Chamber Orchestra of Toulouse,New Japan Philharmonic,China Philharmonic,Hongkong Philharmonic.Recently,he recorded several CDs for Radio France,DG to high acclaim. His first solo CD was released in April under the Passavant label. Despite his young age,Siheng Song has been invited to judge at various competitions,including the Morocco International Piano Competition,the Grand Prix Animato,and the Grandes Amateurs International Piano Competition in Paris.He is also the youngest staying artist of Shanghai Grand Theatre.

Since 2010,he started to creat new style of the piano concert with the multimedia technology,《Nodame Cantabile》,《Chopin Love》,《In search of Haruki Kurakami》and 《Reading Pakin》,《Blue》,5 different multimedia concerts with different conceptions under his studio’s production, crossover with theatre,pictures,literature,not only to change the style of the piano concert,also give new ideas of the classicle music could be in the 21th. Centry.

  • Video
Aida-Gran Finale Ⅱ-Le truppe Egizie
Cavaliera Rusticana-Intermezzo
La Forza del Destino-Overture
Les saisons Op.37b, January:By the Fireside
Symphony No.9 in D minor
Tchaikovsky: Valse Sentimentale, Op.51, No.6
Tchaikovsky:Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor Op.23
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