Initiated by the China National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), the World Association for Performing Arts (WAPA) is an international professional non-profit organisation formed voluntarily by cultural institutions, art colleges and academies, as well as cultural businesses. Supervised by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People's Republic of China, the WAPA is headquartered in Beijing with its Secretariat set at the NCPA. Currently, the WAPA consists of 30 member organisations from 19 countries across five continents.

The WAPA's mission is to build an open multilateral communication platform, promote outstanding works of performing arts on the international stage, facilitate the integration of technology with performing arts, and advocate for mutual learning and shared prosperity between different civilisations. The WAPA regularly holds the Beijing Forum for Performing Arts, the Beijing Forum for Symphonic Music, and the NCPA Taihu International Stage Art Forum.

In November 2023, the WAPA completed its registration at the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People's Republic of China, becoming an international organisation with an independent legal personality. On this occasion, it holds the 2023 Inauguration of World Association for Performing Arts & Beijing Forum for Symphonic Music.

As one of the three main events under the WAPA framework, the Beijing Forum for Symphonic Music has been held successfully twice in 2019 and 2021.

Created in this new era featuring cultural prosperity in China and cultural diversity in the world, the Forum, in line with the principles of being international, open and forward-looking, aims to build a high-level international platform for exchanges in the field of symphonic music. By identifying the developing trends and discussing hot issues of symphonic music, it will draw more attention and support to the development of symphonic music from all sectors of society and promote cross-region and cross-industry integration in order to contribute to exchanges and development in the global performing arts industry.

Themed "Reaching for Innovation, Sharing for Prosperity," Beijing Forum for Symphonic Music 2023 will be held from November 13th to 14th in Beijing, China.


Teatro Colón

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra

China National Centre for the Performing Arts

Beijing Poly Theatre Management Co.,Ltd.

Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center

Guangzhou Opera House

Shanghai Grand Theatre Arts Group

The Tianjin Juilliard School

China National Opera House

Dresden Music Festival

Staatsoper Unter den Linden

Stiftung Oper in Berlin

Fondazione Teatro Carlo Felice, Genova

New National Theatre, Tokyo

Caracalla Dance Theatre

Royal Opera House Muscat

Cultural Center of the Philippines

Daegu Opera House

Seoul Arts Center

Teatro Real

Lucerne Festival

Opera Siam

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra


*All institutions are listed by the English name of its country in alphabetical order.


Askonas Holt

BBC Proms

Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra

Carnegie Hall

CCM Classic Concerts Management GmbH

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Dorn Music




London Philharmonic Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra

New York Philharmonic

Orchestra dellÁccademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Orchestre National de France


Radio France and Its Ensembles

Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Staatskapelle Dresden

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

The Cleveland Orchestra

The King's Singers

The Munich Philharmonic

The National System of Youth and Children's Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela

Uniart Culture & Media - ICT Management GmbH

Verbier Festival

Wiener Philharmoniker

Wiener Sängerknaben

Wiener Symphoniker

Wu Promotion

Rudolf Buchbinder

Myung-Whun Chung

Teodor Currentzis

Joyce DiDonato

Vladimir Fedoseyev

Ádám Fischer

Daniele Gatti

Stephen Hough

Neeme Järvi

Alexandre Kantorow

Bruce Liu

Anne-Sophie Mutter

Daniel Ottensamer

Julian Rachlin

Vadim Repin

András Schiff

Christian Thielemann

China National Opera and Dance Drama Theatre

China Oriental Performing Arts Group Co., Ltd

China National Symphony Orchestra

China National Theatre for Children

China National Opera House

National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra

China National Traditional Orchestra

China Broadcasting Performing Arts Troupe

China Philharmonic Orchestra

Beijing Symphony Orchestra

Beijing Traditional Orchestra

Tianjin Song & Dance Theatre

Tianjin Symphony Orchestra

Hebei Symphony Orchestra

Shanghai Opera House

Shanghai Philharmonic

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

Qingdao Symphony Orchestra

Jilin Symphony Orchestra

The Orchestra of Changchun Film Studio

Shanxi Symphony Orchestra

Xi'an Symphony Orchestra

Xi'an Concert Hall

Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra

Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra

Ningbo Symphony Orchestra

Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts

Suzhou Symphony Orchestra

Sichuan Symphony Orchestra

Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra

Chengdu Symphony Orchestra

Fuzhou Haixia Symphony Orchestra

Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra

Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra

Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra

Guangzhou Youth Symphony Orchestra

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

Macao Orchestra

Beijing Concert Hall

Forbidden City Concert Hall

Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts

Shaanxi Opera House

Kaiyuan Grand Theatre

Xi'an Grand Theatre

Central Conservatory of Music

China Conservatory of Music

Tianjin Conservatory of Music

Shanghai Conservatory of Music

Zhejiang Conservatory of Music

Harbin Connservatory of Music

China Musicians Association

China Symphony Development Foundation

Global Music Education League


Armstrong Music & Arts

Ballet of China Beijing Co., Ltd

Beijing Festival Philharmonic Cultural Development Co., Ltd

Hear Music Management

Major Performing Arts Group

Ruge Artists Management Co., Ltd

NCPA Classics

Tencent Music

Naxos China

Sony China

BIAN Zushan


LU Siqing


QIAN Shijin

Li-Wei Qin

TAN Lihua

TANG Jianping

TANG Muhai

Jian Wang

YIN Chengzong

ZHANG Guoyong

Xian Zhang

ZHENG Xiaoying

Monday, November 13th


09:30-10:00 MF Theatre,

2023 Inauguration of World Association for Performing Arts & Beijing Forum for Symphonic Music


10:30-12:00 MF Theatre,

Keynote Speeches


14:30-18:00 MF Theatre,

Keynote Speeches


18:00-20:30 Blossom Hall,

Welcome Reception

Tuesday, November 14th



Site Visit


15:30-17:00 Resource Centre,

Parallel Session Ⅰ
Aesthetic Education in relation to Audience Engagement


15:30-17:00 Blossom Hall,

Parallel Session Ⅱ
New Talents and New Works: A Contemporary Vision for Symphonic Music


15:30-17:00 Press Room,

Parallel Session Ⅲ
Cultivating Artistic Platforms for Mutual Enrichment


17:30-18:00 Blossom Hall,

Closing Ceremony

November 13th

November 14th

09:30-10:00 2023 Inauguration of World Association for Performing Arts & Beijing Forum for Symphonic Music Location: Multifunctional Theatre

10:30-12:00 Keynote Speeches

WANG Ning Chairperson,World Association for Performing Arts

President, National Centre for the Performing Arts

Martin Engstroem Founder & Director, Verbier Festival

YU Feng Vice Chairman, China Federation of Literary and Art Circles

President, Central Conservatory of Music

Paul Müller Executive Director, The Munich Philharmonic

Michel Orier Director of Music and Creation, Radio France and Its Ensembles

14:30-18:00 Keynote Speeches


REN Xiaolong Chief Executive Officer, China NCPA Orchestra

James Williams Managing Director, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Daniele Gatti Conductor

Jan Vogler Artistic Director, Dresden Music Festival

Ryan Fleur Executive Director, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc.

Eduardo Méndez Executive Director, The National System of Youth and Children's Orchestras and choirs of Venezuela


Alexander Steinberger Vice Chairman & Violin, Wiener Philharmoniker

CHEN Guangxian Chairman, China Symphony Development Foundation

Gary Ginstling President & CEO, New York Philharmonic

XU Zhong President, Shanghai Opera House

Neeme Järvi Conductor

15:30-17:00Parallel Sessions

Parallel Session IAesthetic Education in relation to Audience EngagementLocation: Resource Centre

LAI Jiajing Assistant Conductor, China NCPA Orchestra

Douglas Beck Director of Artist Training Programs, Weill Music Institute, Carnegie Hall

Cherry Chan Vice President, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra

President, Guangzhou Symphony Youth Orchestra

David Pickard Director, BBC Proms

Bruce Liu Pianist

Marcelo Lopes Executive Director, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra

Kenneth Kwok Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Symphony Group

Parallel Session ⅡNew Talents and New Works:A Contemporary Vision for Symphonic MusicLocation: Blossom Hall

LU Siqing Violinist, President of The Yehudi Menuhin School Qingdao

ZHOU Yu Secretary of the CPC Committee, China National Symphony Orchestra

Sophie Galaise Managing Director, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Johannes Neubert Managing Director, Orchestre National de France

LI Xincao President, China Conservatory of Music

Chief Conductor, China National Symphony Orchestra

Martin Cullingford Editor & Publisher, Gramophone

Parallel Session ⅢCultivating Artistic Platforms for Mutual EnrichmentLocation: Press Room

WANG Jiyan Classical Music Critic & Researcher

André Gremillet President and CEO, The Cleveland Orchestra

Thomas Schmidt-Ott Managing Director, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

CAO Yan CEO, Xi'an Symphony Orchestra & Choir

Chairman, Shaanxi Grand Theatre/Xi'an Concert Hall

Julie Kim Vice President, Production, New York Philharmonic

Danica Maksimovic
Asja Radonjić
Artistic Planning and Programme Manager
Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra

17:30-18:00Closing Ceremony Location: Blossom Hall

Beijing Consensus

Address by Forum Participant & Artist Representative

Closing Address