2023 Youth Music Culture the Greater Bay Area Opening Concert

Time / Venue

  • Feb 13, 2023 20:00
  • Symphony Hall, Xinghai Concert Hall


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Souvenir de Florence in D minor, Op.70
1.Allegro con spirito
2.Adagio cantabile e con molto
3.Allegretto moderato
4.Allegro con brio e vivace

Li Weigang, first violin
Chiu Ding-Chih, second violin
Li Honggang, first viola
Liu Shuangshuang, second viola
Nicholas Tzavaras, first cello
Kim Eunseo, second cello

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
The Four Seasons

Violin Concerto No. 1 in E Major, RV 269 “Spring”
Angelo Xiang Yu, violin

Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, RV 315 “Summer”
Liu Ming, violin

Violin Concerto No. 3 in F Major, RV 293 “Autumn”
Liu Rui, violin

Violin Concerto No. 4 in F Minor, RV 297 “Winter”
Peng Ke, violin

Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra


Jing Huan currently serves as Principal Conductor of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Guangzhou Symphony Youth Orchestra. She also serves on the boards of the China Musicians Association and Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI).
A graduate of Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music who received her training with Professor Xu Xin, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting in 2009 at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) under the tutelage of Mark Gibson, where she was awarded a full scholarship to continue her doctoral studies, concurrently serving as the Conductor Assistant of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), including the CSO’s May Festival (2011–2013). During the same period, she was also Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Artaria Chamber Orchestra.
In June 2012, Jing Huan was one of two prizewinners at the inaugural Li Delun National Conducting Competition held in Qingdao, China. In the same year, she participated in the Campos do Jordão International Festival in São Paulo, where her outstanding performance led to an invitation by Maestra Marin Alsop to serve as Assistant Conductor of the São Paulo State Symphony’s 2013 music season. That same year, Jing Huan and her work with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra attracted the attention of Maestro Long Yu, which led to her appointment at the GSO.
In December 2013, Jing Huan made her critically-acclaimed debut concert as the Resident Conductor of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, leading soloist Maxim Vengerov in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Since then, she has received invitations and collaborated with such orchestras as the China Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Shenzhen Symphony, Hangzhou Philharmonic, Guiyang Symphony, Ningbo Symphony, Xi’an Symphony, Qingdao Symphony, Sichuan Symphony, Shaanxi Symphony, Xinjiang Symphony, Kunming Nie Er Symphony, Shenyang Symphony, Macao Orchestra,Macao Chinese Orchestra and Tianjin Julliard Symphony during their music seasons, garnering much praise. She has collaborated with such renowned soloists as Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Rudolf Buchbinder, Vadim Repin, Gil Shaham, Midori, Robert Blocker, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Jian Wang, Lü Siqing, Li-Wei Qin, Zhang Haochen, Chen Sa, Warren Mok, Liao Changyong, Liang Ning and Huang Ying.
In 2014, Jing Huan was appointed as Music Director of the Guangzhou Symphony Youth Orchestra (GSYO). Under her leadership, the orchestra charted remarkable progress and made their first tour to Europe, appearing at the Berlin Philharmonie under the auspices of Young Euro Classic in August 2015. Jing Huan’s achievements at the helm of the GSYO attracted the attention of Jeunesses Musicales International, and she was elected to serve on JMI’s Board in July 2016.
In October 2016, Jing Huan presented a concert entitled “In Love with Shakespeare” at the Beijing Music Festival to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. In January 2017, she was appointed Secretary-General of the Artistic Committee of Youth Music Culture Guangdong (YMCG) and conducted its critically-acclaimed opening concert. In May 2017, Jing Huan conducted the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra on their European tour to Italy and the United Kingdom. Three months later, she led the GSYO on their Asia tour to Sydney, Jakarta and Singapore for cultural exchange. In late July 2018, she returned with the GSYO to Europe, performing in Lyon (France), Prague (Czech Republic) and the Musica Riva Festival, Lago di Garda (Italy). In July 2019, she led the GSYO on tour to Japan, performing at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and the Fukuoka Symphony Hall, the latter as part of a cultural exchange commemorating the 40th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Guangzhou and Fukuoka.

Angelo Xiang Yu

Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu has won the First Prize, Bach Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2010 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. He received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant of Lincoln Center in 2019 as the first Chinese to ever receive the award in 47 years of history. In the same year, he also won the Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, becoming the only artist who has won 2 Lincoln Center Grand Prizes in the same year. His performances have won consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response worldwide for his astonishing technique and exceptional musical maturity.

In North America, Mr. Yu’s recently appeared as a soloist with a number of major orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Houston Symphony, Colorado Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Puerto Rico Symphony, Charlotte symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and Calgary Philharmonic, among others. Internationally, he has appeared with the New Zealand Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Norwegian Radio Symphony, Guangzhou Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic.

An active recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed in a number of world-renowned venues such as the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Louvre in Paris, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Victoria Theater in Singapore, Shanghai Symphony Hall, Oslo Opera House, Auckland Town Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall in Boston.

In 2018, he joined the roster of the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York.

Mr. Yu is a frequent guest at major summer music festivals including the Ravinia, Aspen, Grant Park, Chamber Music Northwest, as well as at the Verbier and Bergen Festivals in Europe. He also serves as faculty at Music @ Menlo, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Taos Music Festival.

Born in Inner Mongolia China, Angelo Xiang Yu moved to Shanghai at the age of 11 and received his early training from violinist Qing Zheng at the Shanghai Conservatory. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as well as the prestigious Artist Diploma as the only candidate at the New England Conservatory where he was a student of Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried, and served as Mr. Weilerstein’s teaching assistant.

Mr. Yu joined the faculty at the New England Conservatory in 2015, and also served as a guest faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the summer of 2020, he became the youngest member of the world-renowned Shanghai Quartet, and served as Artist-in-Residence at Montclair State University. In the fall of 2020, he started teaching at the Tianjin Juilliard School which is the only international outpost of the New York Juilliard School.

Mr. Yu currently performs on the 1715 “Joachim” Stradivarius violin, generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

Liu Ming

Liu Ming was born in Shenyang – a northern city of China in 1995. She is a Chinese young violinist, She is a student of the Chinese well-known violinist and educator Professor Vera Tsu Weiling. She is the Concertmistress of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Liu has won several international and national competition awards, including the Hong Kong International Violin Competition 2012 (Second Prize), the Thomas & Evon Cooper International Violin Competition 2013 (as a Second Prize winner, she performed Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 with Cleveland Orchestra), the Qingdao National Violin Competition in October 2015 (Third Prize), the Golden Bell Award for Music Violin Competition in November 2015 (Silver Medal), and the first grand-prized Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition (SISIVC) (top six, and the only Chinese in the finals). The International Music Competition Harbin(first prize).

In December 31, 2016, Ms. Liu was invited to perform and achieved great success as a solo violin at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 New Year’s concert with the world famous conductor Jaap van Zweden. The concert was broadcast live by Shanghai Oriental TV.Ms. Liu was awarded the highest scholarship in 2017 by the prestigious Aspen Music Festival
in the United States and attended a nine week academic exchange in the United States. Ms. Liu will perform as violin solo in concerts with famous domestic an international orchestras, including the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra, etc.

Liu Rui

Violinist Liu Rui, currently associate concertmaster of China Philharmonic Orchestra, started learning violin at the age of four. Liu Rui has studied under Professor Li Xiangyang and Professor Huang Xiaozhi successively, which laid solid foundation of music education and accumulated rich playing experience. In 2001, he was then admitted into the Central Conservatory of Music and studied under Professor Wang Zhenshan.

During his tenure in the Orchestra, Liu Rui joined its international tours intensively and participated in many major performances at home and abroad, including playing as soloist in Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra during the China Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Maritime Silk Road Concert Tour” in 2016. In addition to engagements with the orchestra, Liu Rui also cooperated with distinguished musicians and participated in many important performances, including playing the theme song You and Me of the 2008 Olympic Games. His musicianship is highly regarded.

In 2019, Liu Rui performed as a soloist during the China Philharmonic Orchestra’s G20 Japan-Korea tour, and successfully brought the violin concerto La joie de la souffrance to Japanese and Korean audiences, which was highly praised by the critics.

Peng Ke

Violinist Peng Ke is the concertmaster of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and National Class I Performer. He is also the Vice President of the Guangdong Violin Education Society. Trained at the Central Conservatory from a young age, he later pursued his professional studies at the Lübeck Academy of Music. In 2002 and 2003 he was the recipient of the highest awards from both the DAAD and Marie-Luise Imbusch-Stiftung. Among his teachers and mentors were Shen Yan, Xia Jingxi, Li Xiangyang, Lin Yaoji, Nora Chastain and Tamara Smirnova. Peng has performed in more than 20 countries, including the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Italy, United States, Japan, Mexico and Morocco, collaborating with renowned ensembles at home and abroad. His recordings for the Central Conservatory of Music’s modern music project and Rhymoi Records were released by the Central Conservatory’s 211 Project. Peng Ke has performed as soloist for subscription concerts, holiday concerts and on GSO tours. He has also held solo recitals at the Guangzhou University and Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Peng Ken and cellist Pan Chang’s “Peng & Pan” String Duo has gained a loyal following in recent years. In the 2022–23 season, he will share the stage with violinist Ning Feng in Bach’s Double Concerto. Peng had played in such illustrious orchestras as the China National Symphony Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra and Theater Lübeck. He joined the GSO in 2015.