Philadelphia Orchestra forms partnership with China’s Shanghai Philharmonic and ShanghaiTech University

Posted on: May 29, 2019

“Philadelphia Orchestra officials have signed a three-year deal with ShanghaiTech University and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra ‘that will enable meaningful people-to-people exchange through collaborative residency work,’ the renowned musical institution recently announced,” reads an unsigned Monday (5/27) PhillyVoice article. “Orchestra musicians will go annually to ShanghaiTech University to work with musicians of the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra for side-by-side rehearsals and concerts. Coaching and master classes will also be available to ShanghaiTech faculty, staff, and students.… Noting the current tense relationship between the United States and China as the trade war intensifies, orchestra officials are hoping the Philadelphia Orchestra will serve as a cultural bridge not just through its tour scheduled to end tomorrow, May 28, but through the partnership, as well. This is the 12th time the orchestra has toured China. In 1973 it became the first American orchestra to perform there. This year’s tour took the orchestra to Beijing, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Nanjing, and Shanghai, with Shanghai-born pianist Haochen Zhang as soloist.” Said Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Matías Tarnopolsky, “Over the next three years, we look forward to exploring new ways to deepen our connections to China through this powerful collaboration.”

Posted May 29, 2019