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Suzhou Chinese Orchestra


Suzhou Chinese Orchestra is a professional orchestra co-founded by Suzhou Municipal Government and Suzhou New and High-tech District. It’s a municipal non-profit art group, with Pang Kapang, renowned National 1st Class conductor as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor,  who once conducted in Wiener Musikverein for thirteen times, Zhu Changyao, renowned Erhu soloist, composer and National 1st class performer as Artistic Instructor, and Cheng Congwu, Honorary Chairman of Suzhou Federation of Literary and Art Circles and National 1st class artistic supervisor as General Manager.

The orchestra has engaged outstanding composers: Zhao Jiping, Honorary Chairman of Chinese Musicians Association; Liu Xijin, Chairman of China National Orchestra Society; Gu Guanren, Honorary Chairman of China National Orchestra Society and Wang Shuwei, Vice Chairman and Secretary General of China National Orchestra Society as artistic consultants. The orchestra has over 90 musicians, consists of renowned players at home and abroad, and excellent graduates from ten conservatories, represented by Central Conservatory of Music, China Conservatory of Music and Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Suzhou Chinese Orchestra has commissioned famous composers, including Zhao Jiping, Liu Xijin, Li Binyang, Liu Changyuan, Hao Weiya, Zhang Zhao and Wang Danhong to create new works for the 2018 Music Season.

The orchestra has successively held a series of large-scale concerts including “Symphony of Jiangnan Sizhu”, “Hope of the Future”, “Suzhou Charm in Chinese Music”, “Symphony of Spring”, “Music of Mountains and Rivers: Butterfly Lovers-The Yellow River”, “The Song of the Long March”, Chinese and Foreign Classics Original Works in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Suzhou and Wuxi, and 6 middle-scale concerts including Jiangnan Charm and Pearls Dancing on Jade Plates, receiving wide recognition of experts, audience and media. Leaders of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, the Art Department of Ministry of Culture and the Chinese Musicians Association, nationwide renowned experts and scholars, and numerous mainstream media including Xinhua News Agency, People’s Daily, Guangming Daily, Chinese Cultural News and CCTV, highly praised the quality and performance of the orchestra, saying that the founding and premiere of the orchestra is an iconic event for the re-development of Chinese orchestra music, the orchestra is a perfect merging of national music with international expressions which showcases advanced artistic concept and excellent performing skills, and it is a “state-level team of young artists” with a high starting point, high standard and high capabilities.

The orchestra will successively invite the best performers, conductors and composers at home and abroad for cooperation and showcase the essence of the traditional music culture of China to everyone in the form of symphony. It’s making consistent efforts to build Suzhou Chinese Orchestra into the globally first-class orchestra!

Pang Kapang

Artistic Director & Chief Conductor

National 1st Class Conductor, enjoying the special government allowances of the State Council, Member of the 13th National Committee of CPPCC, Councilman of Chinese Musicians Association, Executive Councilman of China Nationalities Orchestra Society, Artistic Director & Chief Conductor of China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra, Macao Chinese Orchestra (2003-2016), Guest Conductor of National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Mozart Symphony Orchestra of Salzburg Austria, Graz Symphony Orchestra of Austria, National Music Orchestra of Busan, South Korea, and Czech National Symphony Orchestra. From June 2017, he has served as the Artistic Director & Chief Conductor of Suzhou Chinese Orchestra.

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Zhu Changyao

Artistic Instructor

National 1st Class performer, Erhu soloist, composer, Councilman of Chinese Musician Association, Executive Councilman of China Nationalities Orchestra Society, Vice Chairman of China Erhu Society, Vice Chairman of Jiangsu Federation of Literary and Art Circles, Chairman of Jiangsu Musicians Association; he is the visiting professor of Chinese Conservatory of Music, Nanjing University of the Arts Institute, Nanjing University, Southeast University, and Nanjing Normal University. He has been the Artistic Instructor of Suzhou Chinese Orchestra since Jun, 2017.

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Cheng Congwu

General Manager

National Class I Artistic Supervisor, Honorary Chairman of Federation of Suzhou Literary and Art Circles. He used to be the Vice Director of Culture, Broadcasting, TV, News and Publication Bureau, and Chairman of the Federation of Suzhou Literary and Art Circles. He won the honorary title of “National Advanced Person in Cultural System" by the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.

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Zhou Peiran

Vice General Manager

National Class I Artistic Supervisor, member of the Expert Committee of China National Arts Fund and Chairman of Suzhou Performance Industry Association.

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Chen Qinglin

Vice General Manager

National Class I Actor, Member of Chinese Musicians Association, Chairman of Jiangsu Pop Music Institute, and Consultant of Suzhou Musicians Association. She has been the general director for many large national, provincial and municipal events.

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