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Huawei, one of the global leaders in ICT technology will support the first phase of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra’s three-year residency at the Beijing Music Festival, the first of its kind at this premier event in China’s cultural calendar.
Huawei’s sponsorship enables the Mahler Chamber Orchestra to extend its mission to create and share exceptional experiences in classical music, and reach new audiences in the Chinese capital during October 2019. The orchestra’s appearance at the 22nd Beijing Music Festival will consist of three performances with outstanding global artists – including Russian conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, Chinese baritone Shenyang and Canadian violinist James Ehnes – accompanied by education and outreach projects conducted in partnership with BMF.
The sponsorship is part of Huawei's continuous support for intercultural projects which foster international cooperation and understanding between artists and their audiences all over the world. Furthermore, Huawei has been actively participating in one of the greatest innovations in classical music: At the beginning of this year, Huawei helped to complete Schubert’s unfinished Symphony No. 8 by supporting the composition of the two missing movements with AI.
Michael Adick, Managing Director of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, says:
“I am delighted that Huawei has chosen to become the Orchestra Sponsor for the first phase of our residency at the Beijing Music Festival. This important commitment reflects a shared belief in the power of global exchange and communication, whether through technology or through culture. Our ability to bring this orchestra‘s unique and versatile approach to making music to audiences across the world relies on the generous support of our sponsors; we extend our deepest thanks to Huawei for making this historic cultural exchange possible.”
David Wang, Huawei Chief Representative of Berlin office, says:
“We are happy to support the first phase of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra’s residency in Beijing. This engagement is part of our continuous efforts to facilitate cooperation in all areas, including culture. As one of the best chamber orchestras of the world, the outstanding artists will bring the finest and most innovative classical music to Beijing. At the beginning of this year, we demonstrated to a large audience in London what technological innovations coupled with the creative energy of an entire orchestra can achieve. I am sure that the Mahler Chamber Orchestra will leave a similar impression in Beijing.”
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About the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
The Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) was founded in 1997 based on the shared vision of being a free and international ensemble, dedicated to creating and sharing exceptional experiences in classical music. With 45 members spanning 20 different countries at its core, the MCO works as a nomadic collective of passionate musicians uniting for specific tours in Europe and across the world.
The orchestra’s sound is characterized by the chamber music style of ensemble playing among its alert and independent musical personalities. Its core repertoire, ranging from the Viennese classical and early Romantic periods to contemporary works and world premieres, reflects the MCO’s agility in crossing musical boundaries.
The MCO received its most significant artistic impulses from its founding mentor, Claudio Abbado, and from Conductor Laureate Daniel Harding. The MCO works closely with a network of Artistic Partners, who inspire and shape the orchestra in long-term collaborations, and include pianists Mitsuko Uchida and Leif Ove Andsnes, as well as violinist Pekka Kuusisto and conductor Teodor Currentzis.
MCO musicians all share a strong desire to continually deepen their engagement with audiences. This has led to a growing number of offstage musical encounters and projects that bring music, learning and creativity to communities across the globe.
About the Beijing Music Festival
Founded in 1998 by Maestro Long Yu, The Beijing Music Festival (BMF) is the premier event in China‘s cultural calendar and one of the leading classical music festivals in the world. The festival presents more than 30 concerts every October, offering a wide variety of classical and jazz music including opera, orchestral, chamber, solo, and choral concerts. BMF also hosts master classes, community outreach concerts, children‘s concerts, and educations activities.
Notable performers who have appeared at the festival include Martha Argerich, Pinchas Zukerman, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Emmanuel Ax, Murray Perahia, Maxim Vengerov, Christoph Eschenbach, Tan Dun, Kathleen Battle, José Carreras, Sarah Chang, Augustin Dumay, Valery Gergiev, Mischa Maisky, Krzysztof Penderecki, Isaac Stern, Melvyn Tan, Fou Ts‘ong, the Kodály Quartet, and the New London Consort.
The Festival has always been active in commissioning and presenting premieres of new works by great Chinese and international composers, and many works of the Western classical music canon had their Asian premieres at BMF. Zhou Long’s Madame White Snake, which was co-commissioned with Opera Boston, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2011.
The Foundation also presented the world premiere of Ye Xiaogang’s opera, Song of Farewell (texted by Sun Gexuan) and the sensational China premiere of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (“Symphony of a Thousand”). In the opening concert of the 13th Beijing Music Festival, the Foundation commissioned Howard Shore for a new piano concerto commemorating the bicentennial of Chopin’s birth. Entitled Ruin and Memory and performed by Lang Lang, this work received its world premiere at the festival.