Renowned U.S. orchestra strengthens China ties

Source: Xinhua | 2019-11-16 11:10:53 | Editor: Wang Yamei

NEW YORK, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- The Philadelphia Orchestra signed a five-year agreement on Friday with its Chinese partners in a bid to continue musical exchanges, said the orchestra.

Under the agreement, the Philadelphia Orchestra will extend its participation in the China International Music Competition, a contest devoted to promoting the exchange of different music cultures launched in 2019 by the Beijing-based Global Music Education League and China Conservatory of Music.

The orchestra will also be involved in coaching, master classes, and joint music-making opportunities with the students and faculty of the China Conservatory of Music, it said in a statement.

In May, the Philadelphia Orchestra joined the inaugural China International Music Competition.

"We are delighted to extend this partnership to further the training and development of young musicians and to build on our deep partnerships through music in China," said Philadelphia Orchestra President and CEO Matias Tarnopolsky in the statement.

Founded in 1900, the Philadelphia Orchestra is renowned for a long and distinguished history of touring the world.

In 1973, the orchestra pioneered cultural exchanges with China at the request of then U.S. President Richard Nixon, becoming the first American orchestra to make a tour to the People's Republic of China.

Since then, its collaboration with China has flourished, representing a bridge for cultural, educational and people-to-people exchanges.


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