Accompanied by recitation of Chinese classical poems, the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra will enthrall you with its unique combination of Chinese poetic flavour and musical elegance. Established only in 2008, the 10-member orchestra has delighted audiences with its exquisite chamber music performances that showcase the vitality and finesse of traditional Chinese music.
This performance includes solos and small ensemble performances where individual musicians will showcase their virtuosity. Works include a melodious guzheng piece High Mountain and Flowing Waters, a delicate pipa solo piece A Moonlit Night on the Spring River, an erhu solo piece on the sorrow of parting Three Variations on the Yangguan Pass, Faint Fragrance, a piece that reminisces on the past performed by a plucked string quintet, and Autumn Yearning by the Dresser, a melancholic dialogue between the xiao and guzheng.
About Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra
Comprising renowned musicians from the China Conservatory of Music, the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra has captivated audiences with its unique musical style and exquisite performing standards. Since its establishment in 2008, it has grown to become an outstanding chamber orchestra both in China as well as the international music scene. Led by distinguished pipa soloist Yang Jing, its Music Director and Conductor is Liu Shun of the China Conservatory of Music.
The Orchestra has been involved in numerous music events at the national level and is regarded by the Ministry of Culture as a professional ensemble worthy of representing China in cultural exchanges with other countries. Prominent international music festivals where it has performed include Brisbane, Canberra, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Auckland. It has also won acclaim from critics who typically commend it for its “elegant and gorgeous presentation of Chinese traditional music” and “its ability to bridge the gap between the music of nobility and that of the masses”.
Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra includes Liu Shun (Music Director), Yang Jing (Pipa), Shen Cheng (Huqin), Zhang Zunlian (Erhu), Zhao Chengwei (Sanxian), Wei Wei (Ruan & Liuqin), Jiao Shanlin (Percussion), Yang Lin (Guzheng), Wang Hua (Dizi) and Luo Yan (Yangqin).
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