The China National Symphony Orchestra stunned the Sydney audience with their brilliance when they performed one concert only at the Concert Hall in the Sydney Opera House earlier this week.
It was a show of mastery and excellence from the moment the CNSO’s renowned chief conductor Maestro Li Xincao raised his baton and the 100 musicians that make up this exceptional orchestra played to perfection.
They performed a selection of masterpieces including The Fantasies Symphoniques Farewell My Concubine
composed by Guan Xia, Violin Concerto The Butterfly Lovers composed by He Zhanhao and Chen Gang and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in f minor.
Violinist Lü Siqing, the first Asian prizewinner of the Paganini Competition, was mesmerising to watch and listen to and the rapturous applause he received was thoroughly deserved.
Founded in 1956, the China National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO) is regarded as one of the most outstanding orchestras in the world and their performance marked 45 years of trade between China and Australia.
It also allowed the packed auditorium to experience their extraordinary symphonic music.
The China National Symphony Orchestra
The CNSO has introduced audiences to a large repertoire of classical, romantic, modern and contemporary orchestral works by both Western and Asian composers.
The CNSO has performed with many world-leading artists including conductor Herbert von Karajan, Eugene Ormandy, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, David Zinman, Michel Plasson, and well-known guest instrumentalists David Oistrakh, Isaac Stern, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Li Yundi, Wang Yuja, Han-Na Chang, as well as vocalists Giuseppe Giacomini, José Carreras, and Kathleen Battle.
During the past decades, the CNSO has undertaken international tours to the USA, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Spain, Mexico, Japan, and other cities known as classical music metropolises.