Beijing Philharmonic Choir
Beijing Philharmonic Choir was founded in 1983 by Professor YANG Hongnian, a renowned musician, conductor and music educator. Professor YANG serves as chief conductor and art director, as well as principal conductor of the Choir.
In the past 30 years, the Choir has performed more than 1,000 Chinese and foreign songs. The Choir has toured Europe, America and Asia and given nearly 1,000 performances. The Choir has also won more than 30 major prizes at a number of prestigious domestic and international competitions, published over 30 volumes of audio and video recordings and seven volumes of children’s choral music collections.
In 1989, the Choir received an honourary certificate from the International Kodály Institute commending its distinguished performance in the International Kodály Choral Music Competition in Hungary. In 1996, the Choir participated in the 44th International Guido d'Arezzo Polyphonic Contest in Italy, and received four major prizes, breaking an all-time record in the contest. In 1999, the Choir attended the Moscow Young Talent Music Festival for Alexander Pushkin's 200th Anniversary. The Choir was awarded the Special Award of the Music Festival, as well as the 1st place for the Golden Tuning Fork Award of the First International Chorus Television Competition. In November 2006, the Choir participated in the 2006 Busan International Choral Festival & Competition in Korea and won two top prizes in both Classical Music and Folk Music categories. In August 2008, the Choir was invited to perform at the opening ceremony of the 29th Olympic Games held in Beijing, where the Choir sang the Olympic Hymn without instrumental accompaniment. In July 2010, at the 24th Béla Bartók International Choir Competition in Hungary, the Choir won the first place in its Children Category and the second place in the Female Category. In the summer 2011, the Choir took part in the International Choir Competition in Istanbul, Turkey, and The Singing World - The 7th Y. Falik International Choir and Vocal Ensembles Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. In July 2015, the Choir participated in the 54th SEGHIZZI International Choral Singing Competition in Gorizia, Italy, where they won second-place honours in the finals and 1st place trophies in the 19th and 20th Century categories. They also won 1st place in the category of contemporary music and 2nd place in the spiritual and gospel music category. In September 2016, the Centre for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies invited the Choir to Palestine and Israel as the Peace Angel to perform at the first stop for the Ode to Peace World Singing Tour. In August 2017, the Choir participated in the 65th International Guido d'Arezzo Polyphonic Contest in Italy and received 1st place in the Grand Prix. In November 2017, the Choir was invited by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries to visit Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Finland, singing "Ode to Peace" in the Arctic Circle for world peace.
”Love & Devotion" has been the mission of the Choir, as they appear in various charitable events and public concerts. The Choir continues on with its artistic goals, by sharing love and the beauty of music with everyone.