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Lü Jia


Established in 2010, China NCPA Orchestra is the only resident orchestra of the National Centre for the Performing Arts of China (NCPA) in Beijing. Its current Chief Conductor is Maestro Lü Jia, who took up the post in 2011, succeeding Chen Zuohuang, who now serves as Conductor Laureate.

In just a few years, China NCPA Orchestra has already demonstrated an abiding commitment to the highest level of artistic excellence, and takes pride in its collaborations with some of the finest musicians of our time. Artists associated with the orchestra include Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, Plácido Domingo, Leo Nucci, Lior Shambadal, Rudolf Buchbinder, Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, Ning Feng, among many others. Lorin Maazel praised the orchestra for its "amazing professionalism and great passion in music".

China NCPA Orchestra balances a busy and distinguished performance schedule, playing for all of the Centre's opera productions as well as presenting its own concert season. To date, the orchestra has played in more than 20 opera productions, many of them presented for the first time in China, including Der Fliegende Hollander, Lohengrin, Otello, and Tosca. The quality of these acclaimed performances has, indisputably, set a new benchmark for the operatic world in China. On the concert stage, the orchestra has also firmly established itself as a major player with high-profile projects such as the NCPA Gustav Mahler Project in 2011, and the Chinese premiere of the mammoth Ring without Words under the baton of its creator Lorin Maazel in 2012. The orchestra is committed to commissioning and promoting contemporary music. Having presented the Chinese premieres of major works by Toru Takemitsu and Giya Kancheli in 2013, it gave the world premieres of ten substantial new orchestral works commissioned by the NCPA written by composers from across the globe, including Michael Gordon, Augusta Read Thomas, and Joby Talbot.

China NCPA Orchestra has also flexed its wings on the international stage with high-profile tours. In 2012, the orchestra was invited by Kissingen Summer Music Festival and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and its first German tour continued with concerts in Nürnberg, Hamburg, and Berlin, followed by appearances at the Sydney Opera House. In 2013, the orchestra undertook its first Asian tour with concerts in Singapore, Seoul, and Macau.

With its commitment to educational and outreach activities, the Orchestra has presented a popular series of Weekend Matinee Concerts at its home venue since its establishment, and also frequently initiates wide-reaching educational projects in association with educational institutions across the city.
Lu Jia