Muhai Tang, widely respected as the pre-eminent Chinese conductor, came to international recognition when Herbert von Karajan invited him to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in its 1983 subscription series. This success led to repeat appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic and invitations from many of the world's leading orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Sydney Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestras amongst many others. He has been working at the highest level for the past 30 years, and received high acclaim recently for his work at the Zurich Opera House, where he conducted two Rossini operas featuring Cecilia Bartoli.
While maintaining a significant career in Europe, he has continued to spend much of his time in Shanghai as MD of the Shanghai Philharmonic and working throughout China, and he has also been a tireless champion for Chinese classical music throughout the world. Previously Chief Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Finnish National Opera, Zurich Chamber Orchestra and currently MD of the Belgrade Philharmonic, Muhai Tang's new role will see him also take artistic control of the resident opera and orchestra of the new $240 million Tianjin Grand Theater which houses an opera house (1,600 seats), concert hall (1,200 seats) and multi-function hall (400 seats). It was designed by a prestigious German firm gmp-Architekten and is part of a massive new 90-hectare, or about 220-acre, cultural centre that includes the Tianjin Museum, Natural History Museum, Library, Art Gallery and Youth Activity Centre.
[photo credit (c) Jef Rabillon
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