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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

The hidden thought behind “Music Speaks” is based on the mission of our orchestra – to be a messenger who can grasp the sophisticated thoughts behind music, and brings the listeners into the vast and magnificent spiritual world. In this season,  Jia and our dearest musicians of the NCPA Orchestra will lead us into a fascinating world that is beyond the sound of music. With over a hundred performances of concerts and operas, they will present outstanding works of music from different historic periods.


In the concert hall, two prominent Chinese musicians will become our Artist-in-Residency and work extensively with us: composer CHEN Qigang will bring four of his sensational pieces: OriginsLuan TanL'eloingement, and Reflet d'un temps disparu, while pianist Yuja Wang will present four piano concertos, including all the three astounding concertos of Bartok. Moreover,  Jia will conduct many of his beloved classical and romantic works, and some of the highlights will be concerts that feature Schuman, Mozart, and French music. 

 

Meanwhile, we’ll stage stage fourteen operas in this season, under the baton of renowned conductors like  Jia and Valery Gergiev. You wouldn't want to miss such monumental works as Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Verdi’s Macbeth, or Prokofiev’s War and Peace. 

 

Moreover, two major Chinese opera productions will be premiered in this season: Long March and Genghis Khan, which will bring us back to the ages of heroes and revolutions in China’s glorious past. 

 

In this season, we highlight three names - Shakespeare, Mozart, and Shostakovich, whose thoughts transcend time and space and would best underpin the theme of “Music Speaks”. And then, the special “China Now” series is designed to give you more flavor of China’s contemporary musical scene and usher you into the world of no just great Chinese composers and their masterworks, but also some finest Chinese conductors and performers shining on the world stage.

Upcoming Performance

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Opera

Elgar, Grieg and Tchaikovsky with YUAN Ding and ZHU Dan

Chamber Music Concert of Chinese Musicians

China NCPA Orchestra

Renée Fleming & China NCPA Orchestra

China NCPA Orchestra

Elgar, Grieg and Tchaikovsky with YUAN Ding and ZHU Dan

Chamber Music Concert of Chinese Musicians

China NCPA Orchestra

Renée Fleming & China NCPA Orchestra

China NCPA Orchestra

Elgar, Grieg and Tchaikovsky with YUAN Ding and ZHU Dan

Chamber Music Concert of Chinese Musicians

China NCPA Orchestra

Renée Fleming & China NCPA Orchestra

China NCPA Orchestra

Elgar, Grieg and Tchaikovsky with YUAN Ding and ZHU Dan

Chamber Music Concert of Chinese Musicians

China NCPA Orchestra

Renée Fleming & China NCPA Orchestra

China NCPA Orchestra

GUEST ARTISTS

  • Hu Yongyan

  • Myung-Whun Chung

  • Soo-Yeoul Choi

  • Hannu Lintu

  • Biao Li

  • Chen Lin

  • Lü Shao-Chia

  • Claus Peter Flor

  • Tang Muhai

  • Zhang Yi

  • Pavel Kogan

  • Gautier Capucon

  • Kyung-Wha Chung

  • Zhang Haochen

  • Chen Sa

  • Qin Li-Wei

  • Lucas van Woerkum

  • Wu Man

  • Yang Tianwa

  • Wu Wei

  • Avgust Amonov

  • Sergei Leiferkus

  • Wan Jieni

  • Henning Kraggerud

  • Ning Feng

  • Wang Jian

  • Derek Han

  • Iveta Apkalna

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