Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO) will celebrate its 140th anniversary with a three-week world tour and a new album – Gateways – to be released on Deutsche Grammophon.
They will be joined by soloists Alisa Weilerstein (cello), Frank-Peter Zimmerman (violin) and Eric Lu (piano) on the tour, which runs from 14 August to 1 September. As part of this, the orchestra will makes its debuts at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Wolftrap Festival and Ravinia Festival, in addition to return visits to Lucerne Festival, Grafenegg Festival and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.
Fedina Zhou, president of the SSO, said: ‘Throughout its 140-year history, the SSO has performed at the highest levels of musicianship and innovation. As Asia’s oldest orchestra, the SSO has been at the forefront of championing the power of orchestral music in the region. In recent years, the orchestra has continued to expand its activities to include the opening of the Shanghai Symphony Hall in 2014, founding the Music in the Summer Air (MISA) Festival, co-founding the Shanghai Orchestra Academy with the New York Philharmonic and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and founding and hosting the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition.
‘We are delighted to bring global audiences our ethos of ‘Music Connecting Worlds’ with our international tour and recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon.’
Deutsche Grammophon signed the SSO last year and its first studio recording on the label will be released this summer. The disc will feature a blend of Chinese and Russian repertoires, including works by Chinese composer Qigang Chen, as well as music by Rachmaninov and Kreisler, with soloist Maxim Vengerov.