Shanghai Chinese Orchestra
Founded in 1952, Shanghai Chinese Orchestra is the first big-scale modern Chinese orchestra in China. SHCO is famous for its harmonious cooperation among the members of orchestra and its excellent mastering of all kinds of works. The Orchestra plays an important role in the development of Chinese music.
In the process of development of Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, there were a number of great artists who made significant contribution to the national music development, such as Zhang Ziqian, Lu Chunling, Sun Yude, Gu Guanren, Min Huifen, Yu Xunfa, Gong Yi, etc. Today, the orchestra gathers many outstanding artists, such as Wang Fujian, Luo Xiaoci, Ma Xiaohui, Duan Aiai, Zhou Tao, Hu Chenyun, Tang Xiaofeng, Tang Yiwen, Jin Kai, Chen Yan, Li Wanci, Wang Yinrui, etc, all of whom are the most representative contemporary musicians and shouldering the new height of national music development.
Located in Shanghai, SHCO has gained a profound progress and development. The Orchestra has a group of famous musicians. Its performance format and repertoire include big-scale Chinese orchestral works as well as the mid-scale and small-scale traditional characteristic ones, such as stringed and wind instrumental pieces, Jiangnan Silk and Bamboo Music, plucked-strings instrumental ensemble, percussion instrumental ensembles and so on. SHCO is also actively engaged in composition, which contributed to a rich repertoire of the orchestra. Among those compositions, many have been awarded in Shanghai Spring International Music Festival and Shanghai International Art Festival, and are also widely accepted both in China and abroad. In recent years, SHCO has commissioned many works, such as The Oriental River for percussion and the orchestra, The Sun Ritual for erhu and the orchestra, Dream Interpretation for erhu and the orchestra, all of which become the classical National music in the new era. The year 2012 saw the large-scale concert Splendid China won more than ten awards including the gold medal in the 4th National Minority Musical Joint Performance.
SHCO has performed all around China and also toured to dozens of countries and regions in the world. During the Chinese New Year Festival in 2015, SHCO was invited to give a touring performance as long as 20 days in five countries of the Europe, which was warmly welcomed by the local audience. Besides, the Orchestra not only performs for the presidents and chairmen of other countries when they visit China, but is frequently invited to perform in major activities at home and abroad, such as the 2006 Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, the ASEAN Summit, the 2007special Olympic Games, the 2008 and 2010 Shanghai National Day Concert, the 2010 Shanghai EXPO Week, the 2012 Chinese New Year Concert for all walks of life, the 2014 CICA Summit, etc. SHCO also often gives performance to the heads of foreign state and government held performances and was hailed as "the most beautiful Chinese Orchestra".
After the more than half a century development, SCHO now turns into a large-scale integrated national orchestra embracing four voices, that is, the stringed, plucking, wind and percussion voice. Moreover, SHCO also initiates its own professional performance season, and recorded abundant national instrumental music. Meanwhile, by introducing numerous public performances, SHCO constantly makes efforts to popularize national music.