With 13,000 music fans attending, the 2019 China Tour of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra drew to a close

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra honored as “a heavenly orchestra for classical music”, visited China for the 3rd time...

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra honored as “a heavenly orchestra for classical music”, visited China for the 3rd time in the orchestra’s 177 years of history. The 12-days tour was led by two conductors, Christian Thielemann and Andrés Orozco-Estrada with Chinese pianist Yuja Wang as the soloist. The orchestra performed eight concerts reaching 13,000 music fans while presenting the legacy of the “matte golden timber” and creating countless unforgettable moments and surprises. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our theatre partners, to all music fans for their warmness and support, and to the members of our Wu Promotion team for their work. We will be seeing you in 2020!

October 21-22, the 33rd Macao International Music Festival, Macao Cultural Centre

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra “reunited” with Macao audiences after two years, thanks to the invitation of Instituto Cultural de Macau. The concerts were presented at the 33rd Macao International Music Festival, which also marked the beginning of the 2019 China Tour of the orchestra.


Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Macao Cultural Centre
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Conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Macao Cultural Centre
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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Macao Cultural Centre
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Programming Manager of DAAE Music Festival Lio Kuokman,
Consul General of Austrian General Consulate in Hongkong Karl Ernst and his wife,
President of Instituto Cultural de Macau Mok Ian Ian,
Conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada,
Vice President of Instituto Cultural de Macau Leong Wai Man,
President of Wu Promotion Wu Jiatong
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October 24-25, Guangdong Xinghai Concert Hall

It was the third time for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to visit Guangzhou. Daniel Froschauer, Chairman of the ensemble, expressed himself emotionally, “We met so many old friends and music fans, who made our musicians really feel like home”. The orchestra also brought something new for the third visit, i.e., Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No.8 in C minor. On the evening of October 25, the masterpiece received its China premiere under the baton of Christian Thielemann.


Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Xinghai Concert Hall
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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Xinghai Concert Hall
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Pianist Yuja Wang and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Xinghai Concert Hall
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General Manager of Vienna Philharmonic Michael Bladerer and Deputy Director of Xinghai Concert Hall Wang Dongyun
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October 27-28, Shanghai Oriental Art Center

From all past tours, Shanghai has been the city most visited by the orchestra; this time they gave a special concert featuring works by the Strauss family and Richard Strauss, and it was the only concert with such program in the 2019 China Tour.


Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Shanghai Oriental Art Center
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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Shanghai Oriental Art Center
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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Shanghai Oriental Art Center
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Conductor and composer Tan Dun, Conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada,
General Manager of Shanghai Oriental Art Center Lei Wen, and Deputy General Manager Qin Tiji
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October 29-30, Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall

The debut concert of the orchestra at the beautiful Qintai Concert Hall of Wuhan unveiled the mystery of the orchestra. Under the baton of Christian Thielemann, Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No.8 in C minor was staged at the opening night of the 8th Qintai Music Festival.


Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall
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Conductor Christian Thielemann and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall
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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall
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Chairman of the Vienna Philharmonic Daniel Froschauer,
Deputy General Manager of Tianjin Poly Theatre Management Company Xiao Hai,
General Manager of Qintai Concert Hall Li Dan,
Conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada,
General Manager of Wu Promotion Zheng Ying
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Some extra activities complemented the concerts; Thanks to the initiative of Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall and Xinghai Concert Hall, the orchestra had the chance to offer some master classes and cultural activities, which further cemented the long-standing relationship between the orchestra and China.

At the masterclass (in collaboration with Xinghai Conservatory of Music and the 8th Qintai Music Festival)


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Xinhai Concert Hall also arranged “cuisine classes”, from which the musicians gained the knowledge of the food culture in Guangzhou. Head chefs from the Garden Hotel gave well-prepared classes on how to make dim sum, egg custard tarts and shrimp dumplings.


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