The Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra
The Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra (GSO) was one of the first orchestras founded after the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949. Since its inaugural season in 1957, the GSO has become one of the country's most prestigious orchestras. Currently under the leadership of artistic director Long Yu (artistic director of the China Philharmonic and Beijing Music Festival), the GSO has performed alongside many of the world's leading artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Lang Lang and Sarah Chang either at its home - the acoustically splendid Xinghai Concert Hall - or on tour. A versatile orchestra both on the concert platform and in the theater pit, the GSO has collaborated with numerous ballet and opera companies including the Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Australian Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, English National Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, and Opera Hong Kong. Its repertoire ranges from Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Coppelia to The Tales of Hoffman, Carmen, Werther, and La Traviata.