Manawatu Sinfonia
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27th May 2018 - Yellow River Concerto

In its first concert for 2018, the combined Manawatu Sinfonia and Manawatu Youth Orchestra will be conducted by Canwei Li in a performance of the Chinese classic 'Yellow River Concerto' and other items.

Our co-host and generous funding supporter is the China Cultural Centre in New Zealand.

Date: Sunday 27 May 2018, afternoon

Venue: Regent Theatre, Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North


Mozart, Overture to Nozze di Figaro

Concerto, 'Little sisters of the Grasslands', with pipa soloist Min Gao (the pipa is a traditional Chinese stringed instrument)

Ludwig van Beethoven, 6th Symphony (the Pastoral)

Xian Xinghai, Yellow River Concerto, with piano soloist Xing Wang

Pipa soloist: Min Gao
Min Gao graduated from the China Conservatory of Music and is a member of the Chinese Musicians Association and the Chinese Performers Association. She has served as director of the Pipa Division of the Chinese National Orchestra Association and the Chief Chinese Lute Virtuoso for the Chinese Song and Dance TRoupe. Her book 'Learning the Pipa from Step Zero' has been published by the Chinese Opera and Shanghai Conservatory of Music. As a representative of the National Song and Dance Troupe she has visited the US, France, Switzerland, Russia, Japan, South Korea and numerous other countries. In New Zealand, Min has collaborated with Pu Cuxin, given lectures on the Pipa at the Auckland Arts Festival 2017, and held an individual show at the Uxbridge Theatre. 


Piano soloist: Xing Wang
Currently completing her doctoral studies in the NZSM (Victoria University of Wellington), Ms Xing Wang received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in performance with the Honor of the Piano Department Award from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Now living in Auckland, Ms. Wang is one of New Zealand’s most sought-after pianists. She has appeared as soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the NZSM Orchestra, and the Tawa Symphony Orchestra. She has given solo recitals around the globe, including China, USA, Spain, Italy, and New Zealand. Miss Wang is also a passionate chamber musician, she and her colleagues founded the Auckland Piano Trio, and her ensemble will be part of the 2017 Chamber Music New Zealand Encompass Regional Tour series. Her performances have been very well received and many of them have been broadcast by Radio New Zealand.
Xing has also won prizes in numerous competitions, including first place in the Mu Phi Epsilon Young Artist Competition (USA), the Sturm-Page Piano Competition (USA), the US Open Music Competition (USA), NZSM Concerto Competition (NZ), SIMF Concerto Competition (Italy), and Schumann Cup Piano Competition (China). She was runner-up in the Baisi Cup Piano Competition (China) and took fourth place in the international Hong Kong Mozart Piano Competition. 
During her study in the United States, Xing served as music director in the San Francisco Grace United Methodist Church, accompanist and coach of the Ina Charles Opera Ensemble and the Capital Opera Company. She has participated as a fellow performer and teaching assistant in various music festivals including the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Boston, the Valencia International Piano Academy, the Siena International Music Festival, and ASQ International Music Festival in Wellington. 

Conductor: Canwei Li

Canwei Li was born in Taiyun, Shanxi Province, China, and moved to New Zealand in 2006. He started learning piano at age four and made his first public piano performance at six in the Shanxi Drama and Opera Hall. He made his first television appearance at the age of ten, performing Beethoven and Chopin piano pieces. He received his formal musical education at The University of Auckland, where he majored in piano performance. He has since dedicated his career to conducting, teaching piano, and performing chamber music. In the past few years, Canwei has received instruction from and worked closely with many celebrated conductors such as Rita Paczian, Archim Holub, and Robert Gutter. He made his conducting debut with London Classical Soloists in August 2016. Since 2016 Canwei has also been the musical director of the ChaoShan Ensemble in Auckland, with four concerts a year at major venues such as the Auckland Town Hall and Bruce Mason Centre. In January 2017, Canwei made his debut conducting the Gwinnett Symphony Chamber Orchestra in Atlanta, Georgia. In the same year he commenced study under the tutelage of Maestro Edo de Waart and Hamish Mckeich through the NZSO’s mentoring program. Canwei is very excited to be working with the Manawatu Sinfonia and is looking forward to May’s concert!


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