In another standout music event marking the 70th year of the acclaimed Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO), former Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Muhai Tang has been enticed back from Europe and Asia to honour the Concert Hall stage in a highly anticipated performance for one special night on 10 June.
Maestro Muhai Tang will direct an exhilarating program featuring Australian composer Joe Chindamo’s beguiling set of variations — Palimpsest; the virtuosic showpiece that is Schumann’s quintessential Romantic concerto, performed by highly regarded Schumann expert from France, pianist Éric Le Sage; concluding with Brahms’ first symphonic masterpiece.
Throughout his tenure as QSO’s Chief Conductor at the beginning of the 1990s, his edge-of-the-seat adventurism was an irresistible tonic - audiences adored him and his concerts routinely sold out (see more below in Biographies).
Friday 9 June from 5.30pm for 6pm, QSO Studio, South Bank
IN CONVERSATION – MUHAI TANG
Gain a deeper insight into Muhai Tang and his authoritative interpretation of music and performance in an up-close special event set to illuminate and entertain, with a complimentary drink beforehand at 5.30pm.
Saturday 10 June at 7.30pm, Concert Hall, QPAC (QSO Maestro Series)
QSO WITH MUHAI TANG
Conductor Muhai Tang, Piano Éric Le Sage
Program: Chindamo Palimpsest, Schumann Piano Concerto, Brahms Symphony No.1
Bookings at qso.com.au
BIOGRAPHIES: About Maestro Muhai Tang
The youngest son of Chinese film director Xiodan Tang and brother of the painter and poet Muli Tang, Muhai Tang studied at the Shanghai Conservatorium, however the Cultural Revolution was a constant hindrance to his development. He relocated to Germany where he came to the attention of Herbert Von Karajan, who invited him to conduct his Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In the 1983-84 season, he was invited back to the world’s greatest orchestra and his international career was launched.
Muhai Tang’s impact on Queensland orchestral life was dramatic and began with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pathetique’ Symphony No.6 during a guest-conducting appearance that proved he was a conductor at his best in the great romantic orchestral showpieces of the late 19th and 20th centuries. In his tenure as Chief Conductor at QSO in the 1990s, Tang made his mark with an exciting edge-of-the-seat style and saw QSO subscriptions reach its highest number at such a time, since its inception.
Dedicated to creating new avenues for classical music, Maestro Muhai Tang has recently concentrated his attentions to building the audience and artistic reputation of new or lesser known orchestras. He is Chief Conductor of Belgrade Philharmonic, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Tianjin Opera and Orchestra and Artistic Director of Shanghai Philharmonic and Zhenjiang Symphony Orchestras in China. From September 2009 he has also held the role of Principal Guest Conductor of Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.
More recent highlights include orchestral appearances with Prague Symphony, Belgrade Philharmonic (including a US tour), Stuttgart Philharmonic, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Arpeggione Chamber Orchestra as well as conducting Tianjin Symphony through a highly anticipated European tour.
BIOGRAPHIES: About Éric Le Sage
Éric Le Sage is established as one of the leading pianists of his generation and a famous representative of the French piano school, regularly boasted for his very subtle sound, his real sense of structure and poetic phrasing. When he was just 20 years old, The Financial Times had described him as ‘an extremely cultivated disciple of the great French tradition of Schumann piano’. In 2010, Die Zeit, praised his ‘ideal French piano aesthetics and clarity’.
In 2010, Éric Le Sage very successfully came to the end of a project that he had cherished and prepared for a long time: recording Robert Schumann’s complete works for piano. He has been invited to perform in this context in major venues around the world. These recordings for the French label Alpha (Outhere) were awarded in the summer 2010 the prestigious Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. Following this successful project, Eric Le Sage recorded a new series of five CDs dedicated to Gabriel Fauré’s complete works for chamber music with piano, all covered with awards. He has performed with all leading orchestra around the world.