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Introduction of HPO


Founded on April 20th 2009, Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) has established itself as one of most promising and exciting symphony orchestras in China. The orchestra has ventured to perform across all disciplines of arts in concert, opera, ballet, chamber music, film music and recording to critical acclaim.


Yu Long, one of the most distinguished Chinese conductors, praised that HPO is the best stage for Hangzhou culture to the world, and as well as the exhibition platform of global cultures in Hangzhou. “Established only seven years ago in a city 180 miles from Shanghai, the HPO is by now one of the major orchestras in China”, reported by Musical America, 2016.


Under the leadership of Deng Jingshan, its President, the orchestra has engaged Yang Yang as Music Director and Chief Conductor. In April, 2015, Maestro Long YU, the CPO Artistic Director, was appointed as the director of HPO Artistic Committee. Some of the foremost names have appeared as Artists-in-residence: violinist Ning Feng, cellist Qin Liwei, french horn player Han Xiaoming and pianist Kun-Woo Paik, Zhang Haochen. Yang Tianwa is the Artists-in-residence currently.


An impressive array of renowned musicians in China and around the world has performed with HPO in the past years, including conductors Chung Myung-whun, Klaus Peter Flor, Gunther Herbig, Okko Kamu, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Zubin Mehta, Krzysztof Penderecki,Gennady Rozhdestvensky,Chen Xieyang, Li Xincao, Jahja Ling,Shao-Chia Lv, Shui Lan, Tan Dun, Yu Feng, Yu Long, Zhang Guoyong, Zhang Yi, pianists Barry Douglas, Andrei Gavrilov, Gary Graffman, Kun-Woo Paik, ,Jon Kimura Parker, Tamas Vasary, Chen Sa, Lang Lang, Zhang Haochen, violinists Sarah Chang, Midori, Ryu Goto, Daniel Hope, Gidon Kremer, Shlomo Mintz, Joseph Silverstein,Lara St. John, Maxim Vengerov, Cho-Liang Lin, Lv Siqing, Ning Feng, Vera Tsu Wei Ling, cellists Gautier Capuçon, Alban Gerhardt, Natalia Gutman, Lynn Harrell, Li-wei Qin, Wang Jian, flutists Michael Martin Kofler, Massimo Mercelli, clarinetist Wenzel Fuchs, Manfred Preis, oboist Wang Liang, bassoonist Stefan Schweigert, french horn player Stefan Dohr, Han Xiaoming, Radovan Vlatkovic, trumpet player Gabor Tarkovi, Tamas Velenczei, trombone player Christhard Gossling, classical guitarist Yang Xuefei, Chinese folk musicians Min Huifen, Song Fei, Tang Junqiao,Zhang Hongyan as well as Sumi Jo, He Hui, Huang Ying, Sun Xiuwei, Zhang Liping, Dai Yuqiang, Mo Hualun, Wei Song, Zhang Jianyi, Liao Changyong, Shen Yang, Yuan Chenye, etc.

All over the years HPO has presented a series of concerts and operas. Some of the highlights include China Grand Canal at Peking University and Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony at the NationalCenter for the Performing Arts in Beijing, ballet Marco Polo’s Last Mission during Shanghai Expo, La Bohème in concert versionin Hangzhou, La Traviata in full stage co-produced with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino conducted by maestro Yu Long, Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde in Shanghai and the China premiere of Peter Grimes in Beijing. HPO has contributed Verdi’s Requiem and Mahler’s Second Symphony during the composers’ centennials. HPO has also performed Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem with The Bach Choir. In October, 2014, HPO was invited to Wuhan to attend The Third China Opera Festival for concert edition La Traviata. In May, 2015, HPO was invited to attend 32nd Shanghai Spring International Music Festival for Exhibition and Performance of New Artists and Programs from Yangtze River delta, presenting HPO commissioned program, Seven Episodes of West Lake by Ye Xiaogang. On 31st December, 2015, HPO participated in CCTV “Music in the New Year, 2016 New Year Concert” as the first orchestra being invited to this program in China.


In September, 2016, HPO had successfully participated in the Evening Gala "Hangzhou is most memorable" for the G20 Leaders Summit. And this gala impressed leaders of Group 20 and directors of related world organizations as well as other guests.


Aside from regular concerts, HPO has been engaged by major music competitions in China and drawn wide praise. Outside of China it has toured extensively to Slovenia, German, Italy, Russia and Estonia and performed at leading festivals including the prestigious Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and Beijing Music Festival. In Aug 2014, HPO was invited by Taormina Festival in Italy for cooperation in opera Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana.


Cultural exchange program being an integral part, the orchestra has partnered with Berliner Philharmoniker’s board, Philadelphia Orchestra and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory. Each year eight members of the orchestra will be recommended to work with Berliner Philharmoniker in Berlin in order to refine their musical taste. Besides, an education program has been initiated between HPO and Shanghai Conservatory of Music, HPO has become the Practical Training Base of Professional Degrees of Shanghai Conservatory of Music.


In October, 2014, HPO published its first recording with violinist Ning Feng by Universal Music and Channel Classics Records.


As a city orchestra, HPO is deeply rooted in the local community and has presented a series of audience outreach events as its priority. Reasonable ticket price, complimentary program book and free educational programs have earned HPO a large following. The residency at Hangzhou Grand Theater and nearly50 subscription concerts have won it much respect and lots of love.


Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra has made great artistic achievements by establishing musical seasons. With joint efforts of all members, HPO emphasizes on professional development with Hangzhou Speed and Hangzhou Model, and has been the golden name card and icon of Hangzhou in terms of cultural construction and international exchange. HPO is on the way towards becoming “top in China and renowned worldwide”.