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The Macao Chinese Orchestra
 

 

 

The Macao Chinese Orchestra, Founded in 1987, frequently brings the distinguished music of the Chinese nation to other parts of the world. In recent years, the Macao Chinese Orchestra has made an open recruitment of new instrumentalists from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Since it welcomed this “new blood”, the orchestra has constantly enhanced its level of performance and received critical acclaim from the musical circle both inside and outside of China.


The Macao Chinese Orchestra performs both traditional and modern pieces. In addition to exploring and developing symphonic orchestral traditional Chinese music, it emphasizes on performing commissioned works that feature elements of Macao’s culture. Organically integrating both Chinese and Western cultures, these works are novel, elegant and unique.


To facilitate the implementation of the cultural policies of the Macao SAR so as to further promote traditional Chinese culture, the Cultural Affairs Bureau began to reform the Orchestra in 2003. The orchestra employs full-time musicians, supplemented by part-timers. June 2004 marked a new artistic development phase for the Orchestra as it accepted its first batch of young and energetic full-time musicians equipped with comprehensive skills. In recent years, the Macao Chinese Orchestra has made an open recruitment of new instrumentalists on the internet, through the press and by sending letters to major conservatories in Asia, which drew numerous candidates from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Malaysia. After a strict CV evaluation by the Artistic Committee of the Macao Chinese Orchestra, the most eminent candidates were selected. Since it welcomed this “new blood”, the orchestra has constantly enhanced its level of performance and received critical acclaim from the musical circle both inside and outside of China.


The Macao Chinese Orchestra performs both traditional and modern pieces. In addition to exploring and developing symphonic orchestral traditional Chinese music, it emphasizes on performing commissioned works that feature elements of Macao’s culture. Organically integrating both Chinese and Western cultures, these works are novel, elegant and unique.


The Orchestra co-operates with numerous musicians and vocalists, including Nancy Loo, Shi Sucheng, Yu Qiwei, Min Huifen, Liu Dehai, Wong On Yuen, Rão Kyao, Dulce Pontes, Rui Veloso, Luís Represas, Jiang Kemei, Wang Guotong, Song Fei, Hu Songhua, Zhang Ye, Wu Yanze, Dai Ya, Qubi Awu, Ma Xianghua, Zhang Gaoxiang, Chen Zuohui, Tang Junqiao, Yan Jiemin, Zhao Jiazhen, Guo Yazhi, Guo Fengnu, Kong Xiang-dong, Pedro Jóia, Pedro Caldeira Cabral, Frances Yip, Kátia Guerreiro, Ala dos Namorados, Yu Hongmei, Paula Tsui, Yu Kuizhi, Adam Cheng, Jenny Tseng, Deng Jiandong, Li Chuanyun, Yin Chengzong, Zhang Qiang, Lily Chen, Miro, Soler, Carlos do Carmo, Custódio Castelo, George Lam, Kong Chaohui, Chen Jun and Lu Wei, Niu Niu, Wu Yuxia and Maria Ana Bobone, etc.


Conductors who have joined hands with the Orchestra include former Music Director of the Orchestra Wong Kin Wai, Pang Ka Pang, Wang Zhengping, He Zhanhao, Gu Limin, Gu Guanren, Wang Fujian, Huang Xiaofei, Wang Yongji, Hu Bingxu, Yan Huichang, Kuan Nai Chung, Piao Dongsheng, Bian Zushan, Liu Wenjin, Chen Xieyang, Zhang Lie, Chen Ning Chi, Hong Xia, Huang Kuang-yu, Ho Man-chuen, Wang Aikang and Sun Peng, among others.

 

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