SUZHOU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
On November 18th, 2016, the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra is born on the shore of Jinji Lake. Steeped in the rich cultural origin of ancient Suzhou civilization and founding philosophy of harmony and inclusiveness of the Suzhou Industrial Park, the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra is poised to become a cultural postcard from the ancient city of Suzhou to the world.
The Suzhou Symphony Orchestra is founded with the mission of bringing high-end classical music to the citizens of Suzhou while encouraging the union between traditional Suzhou culture and Western symphonic art through the creation of new artistic expressions, and with the goal of becoming a global member and domestic leader in symphony orchestras.
In keeping with Suzhou’s spirit of “innovation through wisdom, tolerance through openness, leadership through harmony and ambition through vision”, the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra has set forth the organizational concepts of “sophistication, innovation, collaboration and engagement” as its four major pillars of operation. To that end, it will set forth clear objectives to create sophisticated programming that hones in on the standard of the orchestra and illuminates the audience; innovative development strategies that promote the dialogue between local and imported cultures; collaboration with domestic and international partners in the arts to increase the visibility and versatility of the orchestra; engagement with the very community that the orchestra is founded to serve through outreach and education.
As the first professional orchestra in Suzhou co-founded by the City of Suzhou and the Suzhou Industrial Park, the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra will aim to brand itself as a premier arts organization that upholds the principles of international caliber, artistic excellence, community impact and cultural signature as its branding philosophy. In its branding strategy it will work in concert with the city of Suzhou which enjoys the image of having “two alluring and contrasting faces” – the ancient civilized society and the modern energized city – which complement each other.
The Suzhou Symphony Orchestra is committed to become a culture ambassador for Suzhou, and a champion of the arts for Suzhou.
Renowned conductor CHEN Xieyang is Honorary Music Director of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of China National Symphony Orchestra.
After graduating from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Chen was appointed resident conductor of the Shanghai Ballet Orchestra, and served as Director of the Central Opera House in Beijing. In 1982 Chen was invited to conduct the Aspen Festival Orchestra in the United States. Following his success there he was appointed the President of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
In 1991 Chen became appointed Music Director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra – the first music director of any performing groups in Chinese history. During his tenure at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, he took the orchestra on an 11-city tour in the United States in 2003 and in the following year to Europe for the Sino-French Culture Year. On the occasion of the 125th Anniversary of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, he conducted the orchestra in the Berlin Philharmonie to great acclaim.
He has conducted orchestras both in China and abroad, including the USA, Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, the DPRK, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. He has led the China National Symphony Orchestra on its tours in Austria, Denmark and Germany, as well as the “Chinese Culture in America” Festival at the Lincoln Center. His concerts at the Großer Saal Musikverein of Vienna and the Lincoln Center of New York have won enormous successes.
Chen’s recording of the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto won the Gold Record prize in 1989. Since 1987 he has been listed in the Who’s Who in the World compiled by the Cambridge International Biographical Center in the United Kingdom. Chen’s discography includes the “Complete Symphonies of Zhu Jian-er”, Compilation of “Zhu Jian-er’s Orchestral Works”, “Lv Qiming’s Orchestral Works” and “Complete Beethoven Symphonies”.
Chen is now a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the Shanghai Municipal Committee of the People's Political Consultative Conference, vice chairman of the Shanghai Musicians' Association, member of the Standing Committee of the China Musicians' Association, and chairman of the Shanghai Symphonic Music Lovers' Society.