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China National Symphony Orchestra

An exclusive concert to celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relations between China and Australia

The China National Symphony Orchestra will tour to Australia this year performing one concert only. Over 100 musicians make up this exceptional orchestra under the baton of the CNSO’s renowned chief conductor Li Xincao. The concert also features violinist Lü Siqing, the first Asian prizewinner of the Paganini Competition.

The China National Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1956, is regarded as one of the most outstanding orchestras in the world. The CNSO has made significant contribution in promoting and developing the art of symphonic music in China, introducing 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 and Han-Na Chang. The ensemble has also performed with vocalists Giuseppe Giacomini, José Carreras, and Kathleen Battle.

The CNSO has undertaken international tours to the US, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Spain, Mexico, Japan, and cities known as classical music metropolises.

“The orchestra is a sophisticated musical group with vigorous sounds and excellent technique”. – The Times (UK).

“The orchestra is a solid, energetic and meticulously drilled ensemble”. – The Washington Post.

For the 2017 Australian tour, the CNSO will perform 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.

This is a unique opportunity for Sydney audiences to experience exquisite music. Witness the supreme skill and artistry of the China National Symphony Orchestra.



Monday 23 October 2017 from 8pm to 10pm


Student, Children, Concession, Group: $45.00

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