Guangdong National Orchestra was founded in 1949, after the revolution and development of the National Band of the South China Song and Dance Ensemble, Guangdong Song and Dance National Ensemble. Guangdong National Orchestra became an independent institution in 2011, and one of the most powerful traditional Chinese music groups. The professional Chinese music orchestra was also the first to open season performances in the Chinese mainland. Sin 2002, the group has ushered in the fifteenth music season, and accumulated rehearsal over 3000 repertoires. The current music director and concertmaster conductor is the outstanding Chinese conductor Zhang Lie.
For decades, the orchestra regarded popularization of Chinese music as a duty, and made an outstanding contribution to inheritance and development of Cantonese music, Chaozhou music and Guangdong Han music. The orchestra has composed and rearranged a large number of excellent Lingnan music works, and it has won various kinds of music competitions awards both in China and abroad. The orchestra and some of the performers represented China and Guangdong Province to visit many countries in Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Oceania, and also went to performed made cultural communication and artistic exchange in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan region. The orchestra participated in the "Chinese Arts Festival", "Tokushima Japan Folk peforming Arts Festival", "Singapore Asian performing Arts Festival", "Hong Kong International Youth Arts Festival", "Macau International Music Festival", "Shanghai Spring International Music Festival", "Celebrations of 1997 Return of Hong Kong and 1999 Return of Macau", and other large-scale performances at home and abroad, and received highly praises from experts and the community. In May 2006, the original work "Lingnan Variation" performed by the orchestra in "the 4th Beijing Modern Festival", and caused a sensation in music world, known as "To create a new path for Chinese music, reflecting the–‘perpetual motion’of Cantonese’s spirit of innovation and exploration." From January to February 2008, the orchestra went to toured "Chinese New Year"s Concert" in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and the Czech Republic, eight cities in all, where the orchestra obtained a huge success; In September 2015, the internationally renowned composer Zhao Jiping, as artistic director, collaborated with seven Chinese composers to create a large-scale national symphonic cycle "Cantonese rhythm Along the silk Road", which is reflecting the Maritime Silk Road theme. The piece was performed by the orchestra in National Centre for the Performing Arts, and went to tour in ten cities in China. The tour sparked heated debate, and obtained the high praise from throughout audience. "Traditional Chinese music" magazine published an article entitled "epic themes, grand narrative", and the article set a high value on the piece and performance. Meanwhile the orchestra participated in the "2nd International Festival of the Silk Road" and got the "Silk Road Culture Contribution Award". In addition, the orchestra recorded and published a series Chinese music orchestra album:"Floating Chinese Music", "Southerly Quintessence", "Lingnan Variations"，"Lingnan Song","Cantonese Rhythm of Chinese" and so on. The "Floating Chinese Music" was nominated in the 2nd China Golden Disc Award, and won the award for the Best Orchestral Performance.
Based on market mode of season performance, the Guangdong National Orchestra strives to expand artistry, business, commonweal, popularity and other diversified performance market. Through the development of professionalism, the orchestra would continue making unremitting efforts to promote the traditional Chinese music and Guangdong Lingnan music.
Zhang Lie is a member of Chinese Musicians Association and the director of China Nationalities Orchestra Society. He is the vice Secretary-General of China Conductor Committee and also a national level Conductor.
NowZhang Lie is a Permanent conductor of China Radio and Film Symphony Orchestra as well as the China Radio National Orchestra and also compose music in the creation studio of it.Now Zhang Lie is employed as music director and principal conductor of Guangdong National Orchestra
He is also the Art Director and Guest Conductor of Central Conservatory of Music, Hong Kong traditional Orchestra, Singapore-Chinese Orchestra, Taipei Municipal traditional Orchestra and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts etc.Zhang Lie was Graduated from the Xi’an Conservatory of Music in 1984 and recieved a further education in the Conducting Department of Chinese Central Conservatory of Music. Then he went to Germen to attend the German conductor Master Class and luckily had the guidance of Professor Baum.
Zhang Lie has been visited to Europe, Asia and the United States and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan more than 10 countries and regions. He’s wrote Orchestral,Ballet,Movie Music,National Orchestra,Concerto and Vocal for almost a hundred works and got many awards.His Percussion Concerto Random Thoughts of Guan Mountain has became the Repertoire of Minority Orchestra in Hong Kong ,Singapore,TaiWan and mainland.His major works in recent years include the Symphonic Song of the wind ans Song of rezentment,the movie Dumb Mama and Village of the sour Jujube and so on. In these jobs, the Fantasia Little Balang won the First prize in national competition while the Boat tracker of Huang river won the golden price of the national competition.
Zhang Lie has a Clear and meticulous style in his conduct, He is full of passion. He is good at Grasp the inner soul of the music and show it in a innovated way.
Renowned percussionist and National Class One Performer, Chen is currently the head and Principal Percussionist of the Guangdong Chinese Orchestra, an expert of Ministry of Culture, a Guangdong CPPCC member, the Vice-President of Literature and Art Association, the Vice-Chairman of Guangdong Musicians Association, the leader of Guangdong Percussion Association, the Vice-Chairman of Guangdong Chinese Orchestra Association, the executive director of Chinese Orchestra Society (COS), the Vice-President of Percussion Institute in COS, and the Vice-President of Chinese Percussion Institute in China Musicians Association. He is also the guest professor at Central Conservatory of Music and China Conservatory of Music, and a master’s supervisor of South China Normal University.
Chen was awarded first prize in the 1st National Cantonese Music Competition, and won the Gold Award in the Art Competition at the Shanxi International Gong and Drum Festival. He has visited more than ten countries and regions in Europe and Asia. Chen was invited to hold concerts by numerous orchestras including the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Taipei Municipal Chinese Orchestra, Taiwan Academy of Arts Experimental Chinese Orchestra and Singapore Chinese Orchestra. He has given lectures on drum music in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Singapore, and was invited twice to give masterclasses by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Tainan Academy of Arts. In 1997, he performed a widely acclaimed recital in Guangzhou. Chen has made numerous recordings including Chaozhou Gong and Drum Music, Xi-Le-Deng-Lou, the Greatest Chinese Percussion and The Soul of Chinese Drum.
As a lecturer, Chen has given a speech titled A Brief Introduction to Chaozhou Gong and Drum Music at the Hong Kong South China Music Conference, and presented a paper titled The Art of the Sigu of Chaozhou Gong and Drum Music. In collaboration with Professor Li Zhengui he compiled the book The Performing Techniques of Chaozhou Gong and Drum Music, published by the Central Conservatory of Music. He has also participated in the writing of the Encyclopedia of Chinese Percussion Instruments. In 1997, Chen organized, rehearsed and led a drum ensemble to perform one of his compositions in the grand performance Jubilant Drums Celebrating the Hong Kong Reunification in Guangzhou, and received high acclaim by audiences from Guangzhou and Hong Kong. In 1999, he led the percussion ensemble Prancing Dragons and Leaping Tigers in the celebration of the establishment of the Macao Special Administrative Region, heralding the reunification of Macao with the motherland.
Chen is especially versed in Chaozhou Gong and Drum Music. In addition, he also performs on various kinds of Chinese drums as well as Western percussion. His solo style is a combination of power and delicacy, of heft and agility. His performances exude brilliance and natural personality, and have impressed the music world with Chen’s unique artistic presentation and expression. Critics say, ‘The essence of Chen’s success lies in his capability of leading the audience towards his own interpretation of music’, ‘Chen has shown marvelous traditional music skills and excellent modern performing techniques; He is indeed a versatile Chinese percussion virtuoso on the international stage’. Chen is devoted to the development of Chinese percussion and is currently dedicated to the performance of, research into, composition for and education of Chinese drum music.
1. Chinese national orchestra: The Dragon Boat Race
2. Chinese national orchestra: Enjoyable Night
3. Two bamboo flutes with the orchestra: A Row-boat Dance on Land
5. Chinese national orchestra: Memory of Ancestors A traditional song of Han music
6. Erhu and bang di with the orchestra: Hakka Customs
7. Chinese national orchestra:Weaves Thousands of Miles of Rainbow
9. Erhu unison: Singing Praises of Good Harvest
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