Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

with conductor Zhang Chengjie and violin soloist Chen Yangyuetong

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 8:00 pm - Mechanics Hall

Pre-concert Talk to be presented at 7 PM in Washburn Hall by Dr. Joel Popkin, author of Symphony of the Brain.

 
 

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PROGRAM

Rossini Overture to Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Sibleius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
Dvorak Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "New World"

ABOUT THE SOSO

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, 6 and 9; 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 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, Hong Kong and Macao. Its Principal Conductors are Zhang Chengjie, Lin Yousheng, and Zhang Guoyong. The 2019 USA tour will be the Shanghai Opera Symphony’s debut at the concert halls of North America.

ABOUT THE CONDUCTOR AND SOLOIST

 

Principal Conductor with Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra, Zhang Chengjie is a distinguished young conductor and pianist. He graduated from Shanghai Conservatory of Music with professor Deng Erbo, Qiang Weihao, Chen Qiangbin and Zhang Guoyong, and then from Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig in Germany in Master of Arts Double Degrees of both Piano and Conducting with Maestro Kurt Masur. He is currently visiting scholar with Shanghai Conservatory of Music at Department of Conducting, Honorary Principal Conductor with Opera House of Gansu Province, and honorary member of Leipzig Association, member of Shanghai Youth Federation of Literary and Arts Circles and volunteer at the 2015 Shanghai Spring International Music Festival. He has won prize in the 2nd MDR Sino-Germany Broadcasting Conductor Competition and "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 has worked as the assistant conductor of John Nelson, Daniel Oren, Lawrence Foster, Christoph Eschenbach, Franz Welser-Möst, etc. He was employed by Oper Leipzig and worked 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 then conducted many large-scale dance drama and concerts, including the original Chinese dance drama Early Spring February, 2015 and 2017 Chenshan Grassland Broadcasting Music Festivals, etc. He was the guest conductor attending Maestro Daniel Oren's Italy Tour in 2014. He has worked with many famous artists such as Huang Ying, Wei Song, Liao Yongchang and has conducted over 20 opera productions and many symphony and chamber concerts such as Shanghai weekly radio concert and the premiere of Concert on the green of FM947 Music Festival. He was invited as assistant conductor of Maestro Christoph Eschenbach by the World Master Orchestra for the concert Tour in China of 2016. During 2017, he was invited as conductor for the modern chamber opera Wager in London.

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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.

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