Chief Conductor: LÜ Jia | Conductor Laureate: CHEN Zuohuang

China NCPA Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Beijing. Established in March 2010, the orchestra performs in more than a dozen opera productions presented by its home venue every year as well as in regular orchestral concerts in its own season.

Artists associated with the orchestra included Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Myung-Whun Chung, Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Fabio Luisi, Lang Lang, Stephen Kovacevich, Leo Nucci, and Yuja Wang, among many others.
 
Lorin Maazel worked closely with the orchestra before his passing and praised the musicians for their "amazing professionalism and great passion in music".

The orchestra has gained critical acclaim for its performances in NCPA's opera productions of not only classical repertoire works such as Tosca, Die Fledermaus, Lohengrin, Aida, Nabucco, but also newly commissioned works like The Chinese Orphan and The Rickshaw Boy. In its own orchestral concert season, it has consistently presented creative and diverse programmes. Their performance of the mammoth Ring without Words with its creator, Lorin Maazel, was released on SONY Classics worldwide, the only recording the great maestro ever made with a Chinese orchestra. The orchestra has also explored extensively in contemporary music. It gave the Chinese premieres of works by Toru Takemitsu and Giya Kancheli, et al, and the world premieres of many works by Michael Gordon, and Augusta Read Thomas, et al.

The NCPA Orchestra has flexed its wings on the international stage, receiving widespread international praise for its performances at the Kissingen Summer Music Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and concerts in many cities in Germany, as well as in Sydney, Singapore, Seoul, Daegu, Taipei and Macau. During the 2014/15 season, the orchestra undertook its first North American tour, where it performed in 7 major cities in the US and Canada, under the baton of Lü Jia. Musical America praised its "joyful confidence and youthful strength". Concerto Net described it "a polished, first rate ensemble".

SEASON OVERVIEW

Music is never as simple as just sound; sound is merely the appearance of music. Nor is it the notes written on paper; they are only the way through which music realise itself as an objective form. The ultimate essence of music is perhaps the human affection that deeply resides within it, and, thus, only music that involves genuine human affection could become the most beautiful.

As the National Centre for the Performing Arts, a common home for us to make music, is about to have its 10thbirthday, we take this season as a salute to the eternal companion between music and friendship, to those who have come before us with their genuine affection dedicated to music, to the invaluable friendship and love that have nurtured this palace of arts and our orchestra, to those who become our friends in the sake of music, and to the unreserved passion and love that we have dedicated to music.

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China NCPA Orchestra: 2017 North America Tour Send-off Concert: LÜ Jia, Gautier Capuçon and WU Man

China NCPA Orchestra: 2017 North America Tour Send-off Concert: LÜ Jia, NING Feng and SUN Yingdi

NCPA Opera Commission The Dawns Here Are Quiet

Grieg and Tchaikovsky with Zubin Mehta and Serena Wang

China NCPA Orchestra: A Hero's Life - A Night of R. Strauss with Zubin Mehta and Kristin Lewis

China NCPA Orchestra: 10th Anniversary

NCPA Opera Commission The Long March

China NCPA Octet: Season’s Greeting with Music

China NCPA Orchestra: NCPA 2018 New Year's Concert

China NCPA Orchestra

China NCPA Orchestra: Mercedes Benz Gala Concert

China NCPA Orchestra: The Spring Festival Musical Gala for Chinese Around The World 2018

China NCPA Orchestra: Bloch Conducts Debussy, CHEN Qigang and Beethoven

China NCPA Orchestra: Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky with ZHANG Guoyong and Schwab

China NCPA Orchestra in Chamber: Four Seasons and More from Baroque

China NCPA Orchestra: R. Strauss and Haydn with LÜ Jia and WANG Liang

China NCPA Orchestra in Chamber: Four Seasons and More from Baroque

China NCPA Orchestra: YUAN Ding Conducts Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven

China NCPA Orchestra: Haydn and Mozart with Honeck

China NCPA Orchestra: Haydn and Schubertt with Honeck

China NCPA Orchestra: Mozart and Haydn with LÜ Jia

China NCPA Orchestra: Mozart and Haydn with LÜ Jia and Jumi Kang

China NCPA Orchestra: 2017 North America Tour Send-off Concert: LÜ Jia, Gautier Capuçon and WU Man

China NCPA Orchestra: 2017 North America Tour Send-off Concert: LÜ Jia, NING Feng and SUN Yingdi

NCPA Opera Commission The Dawns Here Are Quiet

Grieg and Tchaikovsky with Zubin Mehta and Serena Wang

China NCPA Orchestra: A Hero's Life - A Night of R. Strauss with Zubin Mehta and Kristin Lewis

China NCPA Orchestra: 10th Anniversary

China NCPA Orchestra: 2017 North America Tour Send-off Concert: LÜ Jia, Gautier Capuçon and WU Man

China NCPA Orchestra: 2017 North America Tour Send-off Concert: LÜ Jia, NING Feng and SUN Yingdi

Grieg and Tchaikovsky with Zubin Mehta and Serena Wang

China NCPA Orchestra: A Hero's Life - A Night of R. Strauss with Zubin Mehta and Kristin Lewis

China NCPA Orchestra: 10th Anniversary

China NCPA Octet: Season’s Greeting with Music

China NCPA Orchestra: NCPA 2018 New Year's Concert

China NCPA Orchestra

China NCPA Orchestra: Mercedes Benz Gala Concert

China NCPA Orchestra: The Spring Festival Musical Gala for Chinese Around The World 2018

China NCPA Orchestra: Bloch Conducts Debussy, CHEN Qigang and Beethoven

China NCPA Orchestra: Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky with ZHANG Guoyong and Schwab

China NCPA Orchestra in Chamber: Four Seasons and More from Baroque

China NCPA Orchestra: R. Strauss and Haydn with LÜ Jia and WANG Liang

China NCPA Orchestra in Chamber: Four Seasons and More from Baroque

China NCPA Orchestra: YUAN Ding Conducts Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven

China NCPA Orchestra: Haydn and Mozart with Honeck

China NCPA Orchestra: Haydn and Schubertt with Honeck

China NCPA Orchestra: Mozart and Haydn with LÜ Jia

China NCPA Orchestra: Mozart and Haydn with LÜ Jia and Jumi Kang

China NCPA Orchestra: 2017 North America Tour Send-off Concert: LÜ Jia, Gautier Capuçon and WU Man

China NCPA Orchestra: 2017 North America Tour Send-off Concert: LÜ Jia, NING Feng and SUN Yingdi

Grieg and Tchaikovsky with Zubin Mehta and Serena Wang

China NCPA Orchestra: A Hero's Life - A Night of R. Strauss with Zubin Mehta and Kristin Lewis

China NCPA Orchestra: 10th Anniversary

China NCPA Octet: Season’s Greeting with Music

NCPA Opera Commission The Dawns Here Are Quiet

NCPA Opera Commission The Long March

NCPA Opera Commission The Dawns Here Are Quiet

NCPA Opera Commission The Long March

GUEST ARTISTS

  • ZHANG Xian

  • ZHENG Xiaoying

  • Fabio Luisi

  • Christoph Eschenbach

  • Zubin Mehta

  • Alexandre Bloch

  • ZHANG Guoyong

  • ZHU Dan

  • Renée Fleming

  • HUANG Xinyun

  • ZHANG Haochen

  • LÜ Siqing

  • Behzod Abduraimov

  • XU Xuanhan

  • SUN Li

  • WANG Feng

  • YANG Guang

  • SONG Yuanming

  • ZHU Huiling

  • XUE Haoyin

  • Liang Li

  • LI Biao

  • Maureen McKay

  • Gautier Capuçon

  • WU Man

  • NING Feng

  • SUN Yingdi

  • Kristin Lewis

  • Alexei Volodin

  • Gabriel Schwabe

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