In a perpetual quest to be China’s musical city, Hangzhou takes up its stand this week by announcing an ambitious music festival to be kicking off in June, putting the city on a music festival plateau after Beijing and Shanghai.
The 1st Hangzhou International Music Festival will open on June 26 and close on July 16th. In the 21 days, a modest array of roster will appear: the Dragon Quartet, violinist Tianwa Yang, chamber orchestras from Vienna and Munich, Jazz at Lincoln Centre with Wynton Marsalis. The festival will be opened by Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra, the festival’s resident orchestra, conducted by Long Yu, who acts as the festival’s sole artistic advisor.
The music director of HIMF is Yang Yang, a Long Yu’s protégé, artistic director of both Hangzhou Phil and the China National Opera in Beijing. Among the line-up is CNO’s classic production of Turandot to be conducted by Yang Yang.
As an aftermath of Hangzhou hosting the G20 summit in 2016, the festival is billed as Hangzhou’s response to China’s rising intention to build it’s so-called soft power. Aside from concerts and operas, the summit will host the China Symphony Summit (July 16-17), an exhibition of photos by Clive Barda as well as master classes.
The festival is presented by the municipality of Hangzhou and its broadcasting organ.