As the only municipal orchestra representing the city of Xi’an, Xi’an Symphony Orchestra(XSO) is also proud to be the resident orchestra at both Shaanxi Performing Arts Center and Xi’ an Concert Hall.
XSO was born in Xi’ an, the starting point of Silk Road as well as the ancient capital city with a thousand years of history. Standing at the threshold of a new era, XSO thrives in the spirit of friendship, openness and inclusiveness. Embracing new ideas and an updated mission, XSO advocates for changes and creativity. Classics and innovation are both in its DNA.
Since being founded in 2012, it has been performing every music season. With its passion, expertise and vitality, XSO has gained high-profile recognition from all artists it worked with.
Apart from its seasonal performances, XSO’ s successful participation in operas, such as Tosca, La traviata, Candide and Le Nozze di Figaro, has improved its expertise tremendously as well, making itself an orchestra with excellence in both symphonies and operas.
The Chinese-Australian conductor, Dane Lam, Principal Conductor of China’ s Xi’ an Symphony Orchestra, enjoys a career spanning three continents. With a particularly close relationship with London’ s Opera Holland Park, he is equally at home in the theatre as on the concert platform.
Dane made his debut, aged only eighteen, with the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House and has since conducted an array of leading international orchestras and opera companies including: the Queensland, Adelaide, Canberra, Dunedin, Kunming, and Shandong Symphony Orchestras, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Het Residentie Orkest, City of London Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata, South Bank Sinfonia, Liverpool Philharmonic Ensemble 10/10, RTE Concert Orchestra, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Juilhard Orchestra and Opera Queensland, Scottish Opera, and Bury Court Opera.
In his other musical home, the ancient city of Xi’ an, the Xi’ an Symphony Orchestra has grown under Dane’ s leadership. Since assuming the post of Principal Conductor in 2014, XSO’ s classical subscription offering has almost doubled while attendance has increased commensurately. He led the very first staged, professional opera in this 3000-year-old city with Tosca in 2015 and Le nozze di Figaro in 2016 while raising the artistic standard and profile of the orchestra to attract such artists as Jose Carreras, Sumi Jo, Midori Goto, and Yundi Li. Dane conducted the XSO at the 2016 CCTV1 Mid-Autumn Festival Gala which was televised live around China and internationally to an audience exceeding one billion views while presiding over a period of financial security for the organisation and forging international partnerships. Moreover, Xi’ an has seen important premieres during Dane’ s tenure including the first Mahler Symphony (Symphony No. 4) in 2016 as well as the city’ s first cycle of Beethoven Symphonies in 2017.
Previously, Dane was Assistant Conductor to the Kurt Masur at the Orchestre National de France; and a Young Artist with Opera Queensland. He is an International Ambassador of the Royal Northern College of Music and currently divides his time between London,Xi’ an, and Brisbane.
Hailed by critics as a conductor who is ‘always in control’ and ‘undoubtedly destined for great things’, Hong Kong-born Briton Jonathan Lo is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Xi’an Symphny Orchestra, as well as Principal Conductor of the New Bristol Sinfonia & the Haffner Orchestra. As a Jette Parker Young Artist, Jonathan is a staff conductor at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. As Music Director of the Manchester Chamber Choir, he has acted as chorus master for the BBC Philharmonic both in concert at the BBC Proms and the Bridgewater Hall, and in the recording studio. He was a BBC Performing Arts Conducting Fellow with the Birmingham Royal Ballet & Rambert Dance Company, and now returns to both companies as a regular guest conductor. In addition, Jonathan maintains his passion for working with young musicians through his conducting teaching, having been previously Senior Lecturer in Conducting at the Leeds College of Music and now teaches privately.
Born in 1987, Jonathan read music at the University of Oxford, before going on to study conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music on a major scholarship. Jonathan was appointed to his first music directorship after winning the Oxford University’s conducting competition aged 18. Since then, Jonathan has conducted orchestras internationally and nationally, most notably the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, the Scottish Ballet Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the Manchester Camerata, the Northern Chamber Orchestra and the Gabrieli Consort. 2018/19 season highlights include a tour to Japan with the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, debut with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as returning to Birmingham Royal Ballet for productions of La Fille ma Gardee and King Dances. He recently made a highly successful debut with Scottish Ballet and has been immediately invited to return to the company for Cinderella next season.
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHORUS
If there is a musical instrument that has both natural and variable characteristics, it is only vocal. We become cohesive, harmonious and abundant because of the chorus. Besides, we release the heart through the flow of singing, close to the faith, and also achieve mutual understanding and appreciation in this flow.
A city needs a representative choir to communicate with the world and attract more foreign professional chorus groups. This is the original intention of the establishment of the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra (XSO) Chorus, and also it is our vision.
Our members are selected by the world’s major music academies andacademic societies. The standards for group formation and recruitment are not only“professional” but also “outstanding”. Our performances are not limited to concerts, but also the use of songs to polish the jewel in the crown of stage art - OPERA.
When Shaanxi Performing Arts Center was inaugurated in October 2017, XSO Chorus were founded in this time. We celebrated birthday of XSO Chorus with the opera of Turandot. At the first anniversary of Shaanxi Performing Arts Center, its second opera Camen in October 2018 obtained tremendous success.