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Sir Andrew Davis, Lu Siqing & Melbourne Symphony Orchestra


Venue: National Centre for the Performing Arts - Concert Hall

Dates: May 24,2018


Established in 2009, NCPA May Festival has held more than 140 high-quality chamber music performances. This year, the Festival, themed "A Feast of Strings", is expected to last for 18 days from May 9th to 26th, assembling plenty of violin stars as well as great Chinese and foreign chamber orchestras and symphony orchestras to demonstrate the charm of chamber music.

And as a tradition of the NCPA May Festival, 21 outreach programmes will be launched this year, inviting violinists, chamber music orchestras and choruses to bring beautiful chamber music to campuses, institutions, subways, museums and communities, in the forms of solo, ensemble and chorus. Hop onboard with us and experience the elegance and charm in chamber music.


Carl Vine

Five (2002)

Max Bruch

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26



Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, Pathétique


Sir Andrew Davis

Sir Andrew Davis has served as music director and principal conductor of Lyric Opera of Chicago since 2000. He began his tenure as chief conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in January 2013.

Conductor laureate of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (he was previously that ensemble's principal conductor), Sir Andrew is also conductor laureate of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Emeritus of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and former music director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He has led performances at many of the world's most important opera houses, among them the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Covent Garden, the Bayreuth Festival, and the major companies of Munich, Paris, San Francisco, and Santa Fe. In addition to those ensembles previously mentioned, he has appeared with virtually every other internationally prominent orchestra, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and all the major British orchestras.

A vast discography documents Sir Andrew's artistry, with recent CDs including works of Berlioz, Elgar, Grainger, Delius, Ives, Holst (nominated for a Grammy in 2015 for Best Choral Performance), and York Bowen (nominated for a Grammy in 2012 for Best Orchestral Performance). In 1992 Maestro Davis was created a Commander of the British Empire, and in 1999 he was made a Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours List. He has been awarded an honourary doctorate by Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.


LU Siqing Violinist

In great demand as concert violinist in his native land China and abroad, LU Siqing bursted onto the international music stage when he became the first Asian violinist to capture the first prize at the prestigious Paganini International Violin Competition in Italy in 1987. Long recognized as one of the most outstanding Chinese violinists, Siqing has performed to acclaim in some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls in more than 40 countries and territories worldwide, including the Musikverein in Vienna, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Southam Hall at National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Maison Symphonique and Place des Arts in Montreal, Royal Opera House and Wigmore Hall in London, Theatre Des Champs Elysees and Louis XIV Opera House at Palace of Versailles in Paris, the Great Hall in Moscow, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Hamer Hall at the Arts Centre in Melbourne, the Esplanade in Singapore, Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

LU Siqing has collaborated with many of the world’s esteemed musicians, including Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin, Edo de Waart, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lawrence Foster, Jaap van Zweden, Osmo Vänskä, Bocelli, as well as leading Chinese musicians such as YU Long, Lang Lang, LÜ Jia, TANG Muhai, Lü Shao-chia, Wen-Bin Jian, Chao-Liang Lin, Yuja Wang, WANG Jian, ZHANG Yi, LI Xincao, YANG Yang, the Shanghai Quartet and Oscar award winner composer/conductor TAN Dun, with whom Siqing gave the world premiere of his violin concerto Hero in Poland in 2011.

LU Siqing has performed with some of today’s leading orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony, Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Russia National Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, China NCPA Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, and the Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, among others.

LU Siqing appears regularly at many of the top music festivals and prestigious music events around the world. He is the Artistic Director of the National Centre for the Performing Arts May Festival in Beijing, and is on the Jury of several prestigious international competitions such as the Yehudi Menuhin International Youth Violin Competition and the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition. In fall of 2016, he founded the LU Siqing Shenzhen Futian International String Festival, of which he is the Artistic Director. In 2012, he formed the China Trio with cellist Li-Wei Qin and pianist SUN Yingdi. The trio quickly became one of the most prominent chamber music ensembles in China. In October of 2016, China Trio was invited as the Artists in Residence by the BASF Festival in Germany and gave the world premiere of TAN Dun’s piano trio Resurrection.

LU Siqing has released more than 20 CDs and video recordings for Philips, Naxos, Marco Polo, and BIS. His five recordings of the Butterfly Lovers violin concerto, the most famous work among the Chinese violin repertoire, has sold millions of copies worldwide. He has thrilled audiences in more than 20 countries worldwide performing this violin concerto.

Over the past decades, LU Siqing has received numerous international honours for his outstanding artistic achievement and social contributions, including Honourary Certificate from the United States House of Representatives, New Jersey Outstanding Achievement in Arts Award for Asian, California Senate Honourary Certificate, Honourary Certificate from the California Executive Committee of the House on multiple occasions, the Montblanc Outstanding Artist Award, China Youth Magazine's “The 100 Most Influential Young People of the 21st Century in China” award, etc. On September 16th of 2006, the City of Millbrae, California passed a legislation to have the date proclaimed as “LU Siqing Day” in honour of Siqing’s achievements. He has also been invited to perform on numerous occasions at many important events such as the G20 Summit for Heads of State from around the world, including President of China Mr. XI Jinping, President Obama, President Putin, Prime Minister Theresa May, President Hollande, Prime Minister Merkel, Prime Minister Trudeau, former President Bush and former Prime Minister Blair.

LU Siqing was born in 1969 in Qingdao, China. He began to study violin at the age of four. As an eight-year-old child, he became the youngest student ever to be admitted by the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing as a special talented student and studied with Prof. WANG Zhenshan. At the age of 11, the late Lord Yehudi Menuhin chose Siqing to study at his school in London. In 1984, he returned to China for advanced studies at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Five years later, he went to the Juilliard School and studied with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang. In addition to the Paganini First Prize, Siqing was a prize winner in numerous international competitions, including those in Beijing, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Siqing plays on a 1734 ex-Ricci Guarneri del Gesu violin, which is graciously loaned to him by his close friend Mr. J Zhou, a passionate music lover, collector and successful entrepreneur.

LU Siqing is committed to becoming the China-Australian ambassador of music cultural exchange. He participated in the Chinese New Year Concert in 2014 collaborating with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. In May 2018, LU Siqing will join the China tour with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and its chief conductor Sir Andrew Davis performing in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Nanjing and Beijing. In September 2017, he recorded the Violin Concerto Album which includes Mendelssohn and Bruch's violin concerto, as well as Chinese composer TAN Dun's violin concerto Out of Beijing Opera with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The record is published globally by ABC Classics, the subsidiary company of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which is the largest and the most influential record company in Australia.

In this album, LU Siqing plays the “Miss Crespi” 1699 Stradivari violin, generously loaned by Mr. David Li, a Chinese-Australian Arts Philanthropist.


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Established in 1906, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is an arts leader and Australia’s oldest professional orchestra. Engaging more than 2.5 million people each year, the MSO reaches a variety of audiences through live performances, recordings, TV and radio broadcasts and live streaming. As a truly global orchestra, the MSO collaborates with guest artists and arts organisations from across the world. Its recent international audiences include Indonesia where the MSO toured in 2017, China (2016) and Europe (2014). The MSO is excited to be returning to China in 2018 for a major tour.

The MSO performs a variety of concerts ranging from core classical performances at its home, Hamer Hall at Arts Centre Melbourne, to its annual free concerts at Melbourne’s largest outdoor venue, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. The MSO also delivers innovative and engaging programmes to audiences of all ages through its Education and Outreach initiatives.

The MSO works with Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis who has been at the helm of MSO since 2013, Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Recent guest conductors include Bramwell Tovey, Thomas Ades, John Adams, TAN Dun, Charles Dutoit, Jakub Hrůša, Mark Wigglesworth, Markus Stenz and Simone Young. The MSO has also collaborated with non-classical musicians including Burt Bacharach, Nick Cave, Sting, The Tea Party, The Whitlams, Tim Minchin, Ben Folds, DJ Jeff Mills and Flight Facilities.


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