Finest China Orchestra Dazzles Abu Dhabi Festival Audiences in their Arab World Debut


China National Centre For The Performing Arts | Abu Dhabi Festival | Emirates Palace

In their Arab world debut, China’s National Centre For The Performing Arts (NCPA) Orchestra dazzled audiences as part of their two consecutive performances in the majestic Emirates Palace auditorium. The first evening’s repertoire included Tchaikovsky’s Slavonic March, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 performed to perfection by pianist Haochen Zhang and Dvorák “New World” Symphony No.9 in E Minor. Tonight’s performance will feature emotive pieces such as Bach’s Chaconne in D Minor, The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto by He Zhanhao & Chen Gang effortlessly performed by violinist Lü Siqing and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite.

Recognised as one of the finest orchestras in Asia, China’s NCPA Orchestra moved the audiences with powerful performances conducted under the baton of Maestro Yi Zhang whose dynamic personality and panache shone through during the invigorating evening. Yi Zhang has been named as one of the most influential young conductors in China having conducted hundreds of concerts, operas and ballets throughout his career. Over the past two decades, he has collaborated with many orchestras both at home in China and abroad including: the China National Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Colonne, Paris and the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra. 

Irrefutably bringing the NCPA’s guiding principle to life, ‘For The People, For Art And For The World’, the orchestra’s first performance in the Middle East is demonstrative of the world-class international talent that the Abu Dhabi Festival attracts. Established in 2010, China’s NCPA Orchestra has consistently presented creative and diverse programmes during its history. Gaining critical acclaim, their performance of the mammoth ‘Ring Without Words’ with its creator Lorin Maazel was the only recording the great maestro ever made with a Chinese orchestra.

China’s NCPA Orchestra has received widespread international praise for its performances across the globe. Having played at world-famous venues across Europe, the US and Asia, the Abu Dhabi Festival represents the latest in a long line of prestigious venues for the Asian orchestra that include the Kissingen Summer Music Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and concerts across Germany, as well as in Australia, Singapore, Seoul, Daegu, Taipei and Macau. During the 2014/15 season, the orchestra undertook its first North American tour, where it performed in seven major cities in the US and Canada, under the baton of Lü Jia.

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