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Artistic Director

Muhai Tang

Muhai Tang, world-renowned Chinese maestro of conducting, winner of various prestigious international awards in particular the 2004 Grammy Award of America, the 2006 German “Echo-Klassik” Award, the 2017 Italian International Opera Award (Oscar della Lirica) and the 2020 German “OPUS KLASSIK” Award. He is the only Chinese conductor who has won such awards in this century.

He began his international career in 1983 conducting Berliner Philharmoniker's concerts at the invitation of maestro Herbert von Karajan.

After this promising start, countless invitations followed to conduct many other leading orchestras in the world including the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the St.Petersburg Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, NSOW (National Symphony Orchestra Washington) and the Orchestre National de France, etc.

He performed on stage with some of the most internationally renowned soloists such as Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Marta Argerich, Pierre Fournier, Jean-Pierre Rampal and Sir Giuseppe Giacomini amongst others.

His invitations were not limited to orchestral but included also operatic concerts: In 1985, he led the China National Opera House to visit Savonlinna Opera Festival of Finland and successfully conducted Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly. Then in 1998 he conducted Wagner’s opera Flying Dutchman in Shanghai Grand Theater Opening Ceremony and in Deutsche Oper am Rhein. From 2004 to 2009 he was appointed Chief Conductor of the Finland’s National Opera in Helsinki. In 2009 he led the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and the Zurich Boys Choir to premiere Joseph Haydn's "Genesis" in mainland China.

From 2011 to 2014 he conducted Rossini’s Otello and Le Comte Ory with Cecilia Bartoli at the Opernhaus Zürich both filmed and released by Decca Records as DVD productions. He then went on to become the first Chinese conductor to lead a new production in the season of La Scala in Milan(since its 237 years history of establishment) conducting 7 straight performances during the EXPO 2015, this again being Rossini’s Otello. He continued his venture in 2016 conducting the Chinese premieres of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande and Baron Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and The Rape of Lucretia. Starting from 2017 he has been conducting each year in China the Wagner’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen Cycle. His enthusiasm for opera drove him to successfully conduct the Chinese premiere of the original opera Marco Polo by the CPAA Theaters at the Guangzhou Opera House in 2017 and its world premiere at Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa, Italy in 2019.

Muhai Tang is fascinated by musical adventures. In 2015 and 2016 by leading the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra he accomplished to great acclaim some series of concerts named Beethoven PK Mahler in two years featuring the complete symphonies of both Beethoven and Mahler juxtaposing one composer with the other in the same program.

Not only has he toured with European orchestras, he has also toured with many Chinese ensembles in China and the rest of the world: It was in the early 1984 that he had already lead Bamberger Symphoniker of Germany to visit China, and moreover in the 1990s, he inclusive led China National Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Youth Symphony Orchestra to visit Europe successfully for many times, in particular with the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra he has presented traditional Chinese music at such prestigious venues as the Barbican Centre London, the Paris Philharmonie, the Berlin Philarmonie and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie when touring in 2018, which caused a great sensation to the musical public.

On March 15th, 2019 he conducted the grand opening ceremony of the Asian Cultural Carnival in the National Stadium of China (The Bird’s Nest) and on July 20th he led the Harbin Symphony Orchestra(HSO) from China to give a successful performance at the Salzburger Sommer Festspiele in Austria for the festival's opening ceremony; the HSO is the oldest orchestra in China, having been founded in 1908, and of which M.to Tang is the artistic director and principal conductor, now became the 1st Chinese orchestra invited officially by Salzburg Festival.

Alongside conducting Muhai Tang is also extensively involved as artistic director of several  important music festivals and cultural centers, taking great interest as a professor of different conservatories, in supporting musical education to the society and giving encouragement and technical guidance to the young generation for a brilliant future.

For over the recent 40 years Muhai has been the artistic director and chief conductor of the most distinguished orchestras in China and the world, keeping a busy schedule to contribute totally himself to the career of music internationally and nationally. At present, he is the laureate conductor of China National Symphony Orchestra, artistic director of Harbin, Tianjin, Guangxi Symphony Orchestra and Guangxi Culture and Art Center.