Where East Meets West, Past Connects with Present
Formed in 1983, the Macao Orchestra is a professional ensemble under the auspices of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government. The Macao Orchestra is now a distinguished orchestra of Asia, performing Chinese and Western classics throughout the times. It has also played a key role in the music and cultural life of Macao residents and overseas audiences.
In 2001, the Orchestra was extended into an orchestra with double winds; today, it has developed into a small-to-medium-sized orchestra of around 60 outstanding musicians from more than ten countries and regions. In 2008, Maestro Lu Jia commenced his tenure as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestra, initiating the convention of “Concert Seasons” and in each season 70 different concerts would be held, presenting to the public, comprehensively and systematically, classics from both Western and Chinese.
The Orchestra collaborates regularly with numerous internationally renowned musicians, conductors and ensembles including Plácido Domingo, Krystian Zimerman, Stephen Kovacevich, Boris Berezovsky, Leonidas Kavakos, Barry Douglas, Iván Martín, Yulianna Avdeeva, Henning Kraggerud, Fou Ts’ong, Lang Lang, Yundi Li, Sarah Chang, Ning Feng, Jian Wang, Tan Dun, Daniel Oren, the Teatro Regio Torino, the English National Ballet, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Latvian National Opera, the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, and the Korean Chamber Orchestra, etc. In addition, the Macao Orchestra has regularly been invited to perform in Mainland China and overseas, participating in the 2015 Austria Bruckner Festival as China’s representative and attending the music festival “La Folle Journee au Japon” in Japan 2016. In 2017, the Orchestra also participated in the “Belt and Road” International Music Season in Shenzhen, leaving its footprints in at least 30 cities across China as well as Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, the U.S.A., Japan and Korea, etc. The refined quality of the Orchestra is unanimously acclaimed, testifying to Macao Orchestra’s significance as a symbol of Macao’s prosperity as an international cultural city.
Meanwhile, the Orchestra has been endeavouring to invest in creativity and vitality in terms of music education and community promotion, organising a series of “Music for All” concerts such as “Love Music, Catch Dream”, “Love Music, Share Joy”, and “Love Music, Enjoy Arts”. The Orchestra also visits schools, community and the underprivileged groups in order to enlarge the audience base of classical music and even help young musicians realise their music dream.