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  • The Gewandhausorchester is the oldest civic symphony orchestra in the world. The enterprise was founded in 1743 by a group of 16 musical philanthropists - representatives of the nobility as well as regular citizens - forming a concert society by the name of Das Große Concert. Many celebrated musicians have been appointed to the office of Gewandhauskapellmeister (Music Director and Principal Conductor), including Johann Adam Hiller, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Arthur Nikisch, Kurt Masur and Riccardo Chailly. Andris Nelsons will assume the position of Gewandhauskapellmeister from the 2017/18 season. 

  • 莱比锡布商大厦管弦乐团是世界上最古老的交响乐团之一。乐团1743年由16为慈善家创立——他们之中既有普通的市民代表,也有贵族成员。他们组成了一个名为Das Große Concert的组织,许多有名的音乐家都曾经担任过布商大厦管弦乐团的首席艺术总监或指挥,他们中有亚当·席,菲利克斯·门德尔松·巴托迪, Arthur Nikisch 和Kurt Masur. Riccardo Chailly与布商大厦管弦乐团的合作始于2005年。

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  • Music lovers worldwide revere the highly individual sound palette that distinguishes the Gewandhausorchester from other symphonic orchestras. Their unique sound identity, along with the extraordinarily rich diversity of the repertoire which the Gewandhausorchester performs, is cultivated in over 200 performances each year in the Orchestra's three "homes": as concert orchestra in the Gewandhaus, orchestra of the Leipzig Opera and orchestra for the weekly services of the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach with the Thomanerchor in the Thomaskirche.


    The Gewandhausorchester has toured the globe on a regular basis since 1916 and Intermusica has spearheaded major cycles and projects with the orchestra since 2004.


    Few other ensembles have exerted such significant and enduring influence on the development of the symphonic music tradition as the Gewandhausorchester. Throughout its history, the Orchestra has consistently attracted the collaborative energies of the world's most eminent composers, conductors and soloists. The Gewandhausorchester performed a complete cycle of the symphonies of Beethoven during his lifetime (1825/26), as well as the first ever cycle of Bruckner's symphonies to be performed (1919/20). Wagner's Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto Emperor, Brahms' Violin Concerto and Deutsches Requiem and Bruckner's 7th Symphony are just a few examples of the core symphonic repertoire to be world premiered by the Gewandhausorchester.


    A decisive contribution to the development of the symphonic repertoire must be attributed to the celebrated Gewandhauskapellmeister, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. During his tenure from 1835 until 1847, he presided over the first performances of numerous works from his own pen, for instance the Violin Concerto, the Scottish Symphony and his Overture to Ruy Blas.


    Gewandhausorchester CD recordings document the ever-evolving collaboration between the Gewandhausorchester and Riccardo Chailly; some of which have been decorated with highly coveted international awards including a Golden Disc: complete cycles of the symphonies of Schumann, Brahms and Beethoven; Bach's piano concertos, Christmas Oratorio, St. Matthew Passion and the Brandenburg Concertos. 

  • 世界各地的音乐爱好者们都十分推崇布商大厦管弦乐团独特而迷人的音色。他们的声音独一无二,演奏的作品类型广泛而多样。乐团每年在三个“主场”音乐厅演奏:Gewandhaus的音乐会乐团,莱比锡歌剧院的歌剧乐团,以及Thomaskirche Thomanerchor每周的J.S 巴赫康塔塔作品演奏。


    乐团自1916年起经常在世界各地举行巡演,Intermusica公司则自2004年起一直代理乐团主要的大型巡演和演出项目。


    很少有其他的管弦乐团像布商管弦乐团一样对交响乐和协奏曲的发展有如此重大的影响。乐团在其自身发展的历程中吸引了众多著名的作曲家、指挥和独奏演奏家。莱比锡布商管弦乐团在贝多芬在世时(18325-26)演奏了他的全套协奏曲,布鲁克纳的协奏曲首演(1919-20),瓦格纳的Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,贝多芬的第五钢琴协奏曲《皇帝》,勃拉姆斯的小提琴协奏曲和Deutsches Requiem以及布鲁卡纳的第七协奏曲。这些只是部分由布商大厦管弦乐团进行首演的世界级曲目。


    对于乐团的发展具有决定性贡献的是乐团的指挥菲利克斯·门德尔松·巴托迪,他在职的1835-1847年间,他指挥乐团完成了许多自己作品的首演,其中包括小提琴协奏曲, 苏格兰协奏曲和他的Overture to Ruy Blas.


    布商大厦管弦乐团的唱片集包括乐团与Riccardo Chailly合作完成的演出,其中部分唱片已经荣获了国际大奖,比如荣获“金唱片”的舒曼、勃拉姆斯、贝多芬作品集,巴赫的钢琴协奏曲集,圣诞颂歌集,圣马太受难曲以及勃兰登堡协奏曲。

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Blomstedt & Kavakos in Taipei
Taipei, November 2017
The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig tours to Asia performing back-to-back concerts in Taipei’s National Theatre and Concert Hall. The programme comprises symphonic literature that was premiered by the orchestra in the 19th century.

Performances

16 November 2017: National Theatre and Concert Hall, Taipei
Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major
Interval
Schubert Symphony No. 9

17 November 2017: National Theatre and Concert Hall, Taipei
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor
Interval
Bruckner Symphony No. 7

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Past tour
London, Paris and Luxembourg with Herbert Blomstedt
Europe, October 2017
Intermusica tours the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig to some of Europe’s finest concert halls in the autumn of 2017.

Under the baton of Conductor Laureate, Herbert Blomstedt, the orchestra performs masterworks of Bruckner, Schubert and Brahms, as well as the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Leonidas Kavakos, Gautier Capuҫon and Kirill Gerstein.

Performances

22 October 2017: Barbican Centre, London
Beethoven Concerto for Violin, Violincello and Piano in C Major
Interval
Bruckner Symphony No.7 in E Major

23 October 2017: Philharmonie de Paris
Brahms German Requiem, Op. 45

24 October 2017: Philharmonie de Paris
Beethoven Concerto for Violin, Violincello and Piano in C Major
Interval
Schubert Symphony No.9 in C Major

26 October 2017: Philharmonie, Luxembourg
Beethoven Concerto for Violin, Violincello and Piano in C Major
Interval
Schubert Symphony No.9 in C Major

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Past tour
Edinburgh and BBC Proms with Blomstedt
Europe, August 2016
After their last appearance at the festival in 2004, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig return to the Edinburgh International Festival in two concerts based firmly in core German repertoire.

The orchestra's tour continues to include concerts at the BBC Proms and De Doelen, Rotterdam. 

Herbert Blomstedt conducts the orchestra in J.S. Bach Violin Concerto No.2 in E major and Bruckner Symphony No.5, then Beethoven Leonore Overture, Piano Concerto No.5 ‘Emperor’ performed by Sir Andras Schiff. 

Performances

26 & 27 August 2016
Usher Hall, Edinburgh International Festival 

29 August 2016
Royal Albert Hall, BBC Proms

30 August 2016
De Doelen, Rotterdam  

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Past tour
Strauss Mozart Cycle
Europe, October 2015
Following the monumental success of their 2011 Beethoven cycle and their 2013 Brahms Cycle the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Kapellmeister Riccardo Chailly presented a Strauss Mozart cycle across Europe in autumn 2015. Intermusica managed the Birmingham, London and Paris concerts of this five-city project.

Riccardo Chailly and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig returned to Europe in the autumn to launch their Barbican and Philharmonie de Paris residencies with Richard Strauss at his most extrovert combined with sublime Mozart concerti. The residencies paired seven of Strauss’s tone-poems with concertos by the composer Strauss revered above all others: Mozart. The Gewandhausorchester has been a leading voice in the German orchestral tradition for nearly two and a half centuries; this project presented a rare opportunity to hear the orchestra immerse itself in that tradition under the direction of current Gewandhauskapellmeister Riccardo Chailly and a stellar cast of soloists including Maria Jõao Pires, Christian Tetzlaff and Martin Fröst. 

Performances

5 October 2015
Musikverein, Vienna
R. Strauss: Don Juan
W.A. Mozart: Klavierkonzert
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R. Strauss: Heldenleben

7 October 2015
Musikverein, Vienna
R. Strauss: Macbeth
W.A. Mozart: Violinkonzert
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R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra

8 October 2015
Musikverein, Vienna
R. Strauss: Tod und Verklärung
Mozart: Klarinettenkonzert
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R. Strauss: Metamorphosen
R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel

10 October 2015
Philharmonie, Paris
R. Strauss: Don Juan
Mozart: Klavierkonzert No 27 in B flat major, K595
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R. Strauss: Heldenleben

12 October 2015
Philharmonie, Paris
R. Strauss: Macbeth
Mozart: Violinkonzert No 3 in G major
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R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra

13 October 2015
Philharmonie, Paris
R. Strauss: Tod und Verklärung
Mozart: Klarinettenkonzert
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R. Strauss: Metamorphosen
R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel

18 October 2015
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
R. Strauss: Don Juan
Mozart: Klavierkonzert
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R. Strauss: Heldenleben

20 October 2015
Barbican Centre, London
R. Strauss: Don Juan
Mozart: Klavierkonzert
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R. Strauss: Heldenleben

22 October 2015
Barbican Centre, London
R. Strauss: Macbeth
Mozart: Violinkonzert
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R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra

23 October 2015
Barbican Centre, London
R. Strauss: Tod und Verklärung
Mozart: Klarinettenkonzert
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R. Strauss: Metamorphosen
R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel

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Past tour
BBC Proms: Beethoven and Mahler
Europe, September 2014
The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and conductor Alan Gilbert perform at the BBC Proms on 11 and 12 September.

Two concerts: the first featuring Mahler’s Symphony No.3 with mezzo-soprano Gerhild Romberger, the Gewandhauskinderchor and the women of the Gewandhauschor and Opernchor Leipzig.

The second concert on 12 September followed tradition, with the annual performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 on the penultimate night of the BBC Proms Season. Joining the orchestra were soloists Christina Landshamer, Gerhild Romberger, Steve Davislim, Dmitry Belosselskiy, as well as members of the Gewandhauschor Leipzig, Opernchor Leipzig, Gewandhauskinderchor and also the London Symphony Chorus.

Following the orchestra's monumental Beethoven Cycle tour to London, Paris and Vienna in autumn 2011, the orchestra performed Frederich Cerha’s Paraphrase über den Anfang der 9 preceding the Beethoven Symphony. The Cerha piece was commissioned by the orchestra and Riccardo Chailly to be a response to Beethoven Symphony No.9 and received its world premiere in Leipzig in 2011.

Performances

11 September 2014: Royal Albert Hall, London
12 September 2014: Royal Albert Hall, London 

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Past tour
Shanghai residency
Asia, March 2014
Intermusica toured the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Riccardo Chailly to Shanghai for two performances at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre on 14 and 15 March 2014. The tour featured performances of Mahler Symphony No.7, Shostakovich Symphony No.5 and Mendelssohn’s Ruy Blas Overture.

Both concerts were live-streamed worldwide on the Gewandhaus website at as well as live on Beijing Radio and by deferred broadcasts on Shanghai TV. There was also a live broadcast to 10 concert halls around China – a first for any orchestra to do whilst performing in China.

Whilst in Shanghai, students from the Mendelssohn Academy Leipzig, who performed with the Gewandhaus in Asia, gave a short concert featuring music by Dvořák, Schumann and Bartók for students at the Shanghai Conservatoire of Music.

Performances

14 March 2014
Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Shanghai

15 March 2014
Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Shanghai

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Past tour
Brahms Cycle
Europe, October 2012
Following their 2011 Beethoven cycle, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Kapellmeister Riccardo Chailly presented a Brahms cycle across Europe in autumn 2013.

Alongside Bach and Beethoven, Brahms today remains a core pillar of the Gewandhaus repertoire today. Brahms appeared in Leipzig Gewandhaus on many occasions during his lifetime and several of his works received their Leipzig premieres conducted by the composer, including the first, second and third symphonies.

Consisting of four concerts in each city, the residencies chimed with a release of a new Brahms symphonic cycle recording on Decca Classics which has since won a BBC Music Magazine award and a Gramophone Award. The cycle began in Leipzig, then travelled to London’s Barbican Centre before touring to Paris and Vienna. Each residency culminated in the performance of Brahms’ Fourth Symphony, preceded by the Violin Concerto performed by Leonidas Kavakos.
Joining the orchestra to perform the piano concerti was Arcardi Volodos and Pierre Laurent Aimard. To open each residency, Chailly conducted Symphony No.1 alongside the Double Concerto for Violoncello and Violin, which was performed by Leonidas Kavakos and Enrico Dindo.

Programme 1:
Brahms Double concerto (Kavakos/Dindo)
Brahms Symphony No.1
Programme 2:
Brahms Concerto for piano No.2 (Volodos)
Brahms Symphony No.2
Programme 3:
Brahms Symphony No.3
Brahms Concerto for piano No.1 (Aimard)
Programme 4:
Brahms Concerto for violin (Kavakos)
Brahms Symphonie No.4

The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig’s October and November Brahms Cycle tour to the Barbican Centre, London, and Salle Pleyel, Paris, received high praise and were critically acclaimed in the UK press:

22 October, Barbican: Brahms Double Concerto / Symphony No.1

“Chailly's approach to Brahms is both mindful and astutely critical of the performing traditions. Neither massive nor self-consciously sculpted, it is still totally coherent.”
Guardian

“Capitalising on the burnished tone of this high-calibre orchestra, Chailly mined the centuries-long tradition of north German rigour and spiritual gravitas embodied in the work. The power and authority of Chailly’s reading are undeniable.”
London Evening Standard

“That lowering opening coming up through the bass lines, timpani carving a path through the mire, violins reaching for light, was as arresting as it’s ever been, an imperative alla breve. That was to be Chailly’s defining way throughout the piece with the allegro of this opening movement determined to shake off disillusionment. It smouldered.”
The Arts Desk

23 October, Barbican: Brahms Concerto for Piano No.2 / Symphony No.2
“a remarkable performance, full of a wayward flexibility which amplified the music’s emotional colours, and sometimes revealed new ones.”

Daily Telegraph

“played with unhurried, consummate artistry, and a perfect example of the profound depth of experience that exists within this orchestra.”
Observer

“the first two symphonies, wonderfully animated thanks to this orchestra’s unique qualities: fullness of tone, firmness of line, and an eagerness almost palpable.”
Independent

29 October, Barbican: Brahms Symphony No.3 / Piano Concerto No.1
“the string tone's tensile strength regularly conveyed searing intensity without compromising its gleaming surface, while the distinctive, often highly flavoured character of the wind solos – lovingly shaded in by conductor Riccardo Chailly as he negotiated the many awkward corners where one idea gives way to another – was frequently outstanding.”
Guardian

30 October, Barbican: Brahms Violin Concerto / Symphony No.4
“the word ‘sound’ is a feeble one to describe the illuminating effect of their grainy, many-layered weave. I’ve never heard so clearly the way this symphony grows from one tiny gesture, which then sends out shoots and tendrils in all directions.”
Daily Telegraph

“The final programme rose more consistently to the heights, beginning with a performance of the Violin Concerto in which soloist Leonidas Kavakos seemed to weigh each individual note in the balance before placing it carefully in its rightful position in the work's overall trajectory. Chailly and the orchestra matched him in an account that repeatedly touched the sublime.”
Guardian

“Chailly maintained deep clarity throughout the orchestra, refining passages that can too often seem congested. Yet in the closing movement he allowed the woodwinds to join Kavakos at the edge of delirium, to exhilarating effect.” 
London Evening Standard

Performances

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BBC Proms: Mendelssohn and Mahler
Europe, September 2012
Two spectacular sell-out concerts at the BBC Proms, performances that received critical acclaim and five-star reviews.

The first concert paid tribute to past Gewandhauskapellmeister Mendelssohn. Nicolai Znaider joined the orchestra to perform the Violin Concerto in E minor which was complemented by two concert overtures, Ruy Blas and The Fair Melusine. The concert concluded with Riccardo Chailly conducting Mendelssohn’s original version of his 'Reformation' (Fifth) Symphony.

The next evening, the Gewandhaus performed Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, following the orchestra's successful Mahler Festival in Leipzig last season. Preceding this, the orchestra and Chailly gave a performance of Messiaen’s Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum, a memorial to the dead of two world wars.

Both concerts received critical acclaim in the UK press:

“…One of the most remarkable Mahler performances I've heard”
Guardian

“Hearing the Gewandhaus, was a privilege: no other orchestra plays Mendelssohn half as well”
Guardian

“Taking the stage which the Berlin Philharmonic had just vacated, Riccardo Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra demonstrated a different kind of excellence: in place of the Berliners’ patina, we got an account of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony which was blazingly visceral down to its shattering final chord”
Independent

“This was a pair of inspiring, enlivening concerts given by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra…. the applause and foot-stamping were ecstatic”
Telegraph

Performances

1 September 2012
Royal Albert Hall, London 

2 September 2012
Royal Albert Hall, London

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Past tour
Beethoven Cycle
Europe, October 2011
The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig was the first ever to present a complete Beethoven symphonic cycle during the composer’s lifetime in the 1825/6 season. Looking further back, the Gewandhausorchester performed Beethoven’s first symphony just a year after it was premiered and before the first edition was even published.

Nearly 190 years later, Riccardo Chailly presented his Beethoven cycle across Europe with concerts in Vienna and Leipzig as well as the Intermusica-managed concerts in London and Paris. There were five concerts in each city, a set of residencies that chimed with the release of a new Beethoven symphonic cycle recording for Decca Classics.

To add a contemporary dimension to the project Riccardo Chailly commissioned five composers to write a piece related to one of Beethoven’s symphonies. Each new work was performed prior to its partner symphony. The five composers are drawn from the four residency countries and Italy, which is Chailly’s homeland. They were Steffen Schleiermacher (Germany), Bruno Mantovani (France) Carlo Boccadoro (Italy), Friedrich Cerha (Austria) and Colin Matthews (Great Britain).

The cycle began in Leipzig, then travelled to Vienna’s Musikverein before touring to Paris (October 22, 23, 29, 30 and 31) and London (October 25, 26 and November 1, 2, and 3). Each residency culminated in the performance of Beethoven’s ninth symphony. Joining the orchestra in all cities to perform the ‘Choral Symphony’ was Christiane Oelze (soprano), Annely Peebo (mezzo soprano), Kor Jan Duesslejee (tenor) and Thomas E Bauer (baritone). Choruses from the Choeur de Radio France and the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus also performed with the orchestra in London and Paris respectively.

The London concerts were critically acclaimed in the press:

“This is above all, an explosively swift cycle.”
Guardian

“Riccardo Chailly's Barbican Beethoven cycle with his storied Leipzig orchestra has been one of the musical pinnacles of the year.”
Guardian

“The opening went at a lick but there was no lack of intensity. This was high-voltage Beethoven, delivered with a winning swagger.”
Evening Standard

“Chailly eked out orchestral colour and timbre and we were spurred into the interval on a high of virtuoso playing.”
Classical Source

“The seventh was played with staggering exactitude at precariously swift speeds; the electrifying finale brought the audience to its feet.”
Guardian

“Riccardo Chailly and his Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra can only be described in terms of whipped-up velocity. Each timpani staccato rings out with the precision and terror of a pistol shot. It's energising and nerve-racking, and in any other circumstance would surely crash, metaphorically if not technically.”
Observer

“Chailly has refashioned the mellow, old Gewandhaus sound with a sharper focus – how often does a traditional symphony orchestra shine as clear a light through the music as this?”
Financial Times

“The so-called Minuet flashed by like the countryside viewed from a high-speed train, the finale rambunctious in its unbuttoned vigour. The commitment and polish of the Gewandhaus Orchestra’s playing was astounding.”
Classical Source

“The Gewandhaus is one of Europe's finest orchestras, while Chailly is one of a handful of living conductors who genuinely deserves to be called great.”
Guardian

“What the Leipzigers offer is a richly textured, homogenised sonority adaptable to both the Classical and more Romantic faces of Beethoven. Riccardo Chailly's account was neatly pointed, thrusting, potent, unashamedly heroic.”
Evening Standard

Performances

22 October 2011
Salle Pleyel, Paris 

23 October 2011
Salle Pleyel, Paris

25 October 2011
Barbican Centre, London 

26 October 2011
Barbican Centre, London

29 October 2011
Salle Pleyel, Paris

30 October 2011
Salle Pleyel, Paris

31 October 2011
Salle Pleyel, Paris

1 November 2011
Barbican Centre, London

2 November 2011
Barbican Centre, London

3 November 2011
Barbican Centre, London

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Asia with Leonidas Kavakos, March 2011

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig together with Leonidas Kavakos embark on a major Asia tour visiting, Japan, Korea and Taipei.

After the orchestras debut tour to China in October 2009, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Kapellmeister Riccardo Chailly return to Asia for six concerts in March 2011. The orchestra perform two concerts each in Tokyo's Suntory Hall (4 and 5 March), Seoul’s Arts Centre (7 and 8 March) and Taipei’s National Chiang Kai Shek Theatre Taipei (11 and 12 March). The tour marks a special 50th anniversary for the orchestra, which first toured to Japan in 1961.

Maestro Chailly conducts two varied programmes on the tour. An all-Dvořák concert which features Leonidas Kavakos as the soloist for the Violin Concerto in D major, the Carnival Overture and seventh symphony. The orchestra also performs Bruckner’s Symphony No.8 in each city.

China debut, October 2009

Intermusica tours the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig to China for their debut concerts in the country in October 2009.

Performing a pair of concerts in Shanghai and Bejing respectively, the Orchestra and Chailly are joined by Arabella Steinbacher for Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.1 and also perform Bruckner Symphony No.4, Mahler Symphony No.1 and Mendelssohn Symphony No.5.

Stephen Lumsden
Managing Director
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Peter Ansell
Director / Head of International Touring
+44 20 7608 9930
pansell@intermusica.co.uk

Kirsten Mackay
Associate Manager, International Touring
+44 20 7608 9935
kmackay@intermusica.co.uk

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