News | 2016 spring semester

CCOM Juvenile Symphony Orchestra 2016 European Tour A Resounding Success

From May 25 to June 2, 2016, Juvenile Symphony Orchestra of CCOM was invited to perform on its European Tour in Holland, Belgium and Germany. Twenty-eight years later, it is CJSO's second European Tour after its first Tour in 1988.

The European Tour was supported by number of European music conservatories. On the day of International Children's Day, the young musicians of JSO of CCOM were invited to visit Cologne Municipal Government. The Deputy Mayor of Cologne Andreas Wolter warmly met with all the young musicians in the Cologne City Hall. Mr. Wolter emphasized that Cologne and Beijing had been sister cities for 29 years and the two cities had maintained close contacts and exchanges on the aspects of economy, art and culture. This visit to Cologne of CJSO is the best witness of the friendship between two cities and two countries.

The Delegation of CJSO was led by the Deputy Secretary of CCOM Party Committee Pang Huanlei, the Principal of CCOM Middle School Namula (served as the Artistic Director of the European Tour), the Deputy Principal of CCOM Middle School Wang Shaowu. The well renowned conductor Li Xincao was the Principal Conductor of CJSO during 2016 European Tour.

In 2016 European Tour, Juvenile Symphony Orchestra of CCOM presented five wonderful concerts for European audiences in following five famous concert halls respectively: Royal Concertgebouw (in Amsterdam of Holland), Muziekegebouw (in Amsterdam of Holland), De Singel of Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp in Belgium, the Great Hall of WDR in Cologne, and Cologne Philharmonic Hall. The repertoire of this European Tour included young Chinese-American composer Fay Wang's Wan Ju, commissioned by Juvenile Symphony Orchestra of CCOM; violin concerto Butterfly Lovers by Chen Gang and He Zhanhao; Romance in F Major for Viola & Orchestra by Max Bruch; Sonata per la Grand Viola by Niccolo Paganini; Cello Concerto in d Minor by Edouard Lalo; and Symphony No.7 in A Major by Ludwig van Beethoven.

The European trip was divided into three parts: communication, masterclasses and concerts. The outstanding performance of the students won praise from all sides.

Ms. Janneke van der Wijk, Director of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, stated that she was shocked by the orchestra's performance because the players of this orchestra had deep understanding on music and wonderful skills, however, their average age was less than 18 years old.

The professors of Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp said that: "the students of Juvenile Symphony Orchestra of CCOM are the young and most excellent students they have ever seen. Their skills are amazing."

The five concerts of CCOM Juvenile Symphony Orchestra were packed. By the end of each concert, the audiences gave a warm and lasting applause and were reluctant to leave.

2016 European Tour of Juvenile Symphony Orchestra of CCOM is not only the glory of all members of the orchestra, but also the glory of Chinese teenagers. Congratulations again to Juvenile Symphony Orchestra of CCOM for the successful European Tour!


text:Wu Xiaomo/photo:Gao Yijie/translation:Xiaoxi , CCOM , 2016-06-15

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