Orchestras

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

Introduction

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra is China’s oldest symphony orchestra. Founded in 1879 as the Shanghai Public Band, it was developed into an orchestra in 1907 and renamed in 1956 as the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. The SSO has built bridges in recent years between East and West, not least through international touring and its Shanghai Orchestra Academy, a joint initiative between the orchestra, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Maestro Long Yu became Music Director of the SSO in 2009.

The SSO has been touring internationally since the 1970s, when they performed in Australia and New Zealand, and in 2017 became the first Chinese ensemble to perform at the Lucerne Festival. It made its debut at Carnegie Hall of New York to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the hall in 1990. The orchestra also performed at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the SSO in 2004. SSO visited 11 cities in the USA in 2003, made its Europe tour during Sino-French Culture Year in 2004, held a Spanish tour in 2005, and performed at the Musikverein (Golden Hall) in Vienna in 2007. In 2009, under the leadership of current Music Director Long Yu, the orchestra toured North America to perform 12 concerts.

Our Tours & Projects department is privileged to be working with Maestro Long Yu and SSO for the first time on their 140th anniversary 2019 world tour, which includes debut performances at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Wolf Trap and Ravinia Festival, in addition to returning to Lucerne Festival, Grafenegg Festival and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.


Introduction

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra is China’s oldest symphony orchestra. Founded in 1879 as the Shanghai Public Band, it was developed into an orchestra in 1907 and renamed in 1956 as the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. The SSO has built bridges in recent years between East and West, not least through international touring and its Shanghai Orchestra Academy, a joint initiative between the orchestra, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Maestro Long Yu became Music Director of the SSO in 2009.

The SSO has been touring internationally since the 1970s, when they performed in Australia and New Zealand, and in 2017 became the first Chinese ensemble to perform at the Lucerne Festival. It made its debut at Carnegie Hall of New York to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the hall in 1990. The orchestra also performed at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the SSO in 2004. SSO visited 11 cities in the USA in 2003, made its Europe tour during Sino-French Culture Year in 2004, held a Spanish tour in 2005, and performed at the Musikverein (Golden Hall) in Vienna in 2007. In 2009, under the leadership of current Music Director Long Yu, the orchestra toured North America to perform 12 concerts.

Our Tours & Projects department is privileged to be working with Maestro Long Yu and SSO for the first time on their 140th anniversary 2019 world tour, which includes debut performances at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Wolf Trap and Ravinia Festival, in addition to returning to Lucerne Festival, Grafenegg Festival and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.

Discography

 
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    GATEWAYS

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 28 Jun 19

    SSO’s first studio recording on Deutsche Grammophon

    Gateways, which is due for release on 28 June 2019, blends Chinese and Russian repertoires, with works by Chinese composer Qigang Chen sitting alongside Rachmaninov and Kreisler, with soloist Maxim Vengerov. Qigang Chen’s violin concerto La joie de la souffrance was premiered in 2017 by Long Yu and Maxim Vengerov, for whom the piece was written.

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    LIVE FROM THE FORBIDDEN CITY

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 18 Jan 19

    Live recording of the orchestra’s landmark performance at the Imperial Ancestral Temple outside of Beijing’s Forbidden City

    ORFF Carmina Burana

    Aida Garifullina
    Toby Spence
    Ludovic Tézier
    Wiener Singakademie
    Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
    Long Yu