Wu Wei with New Ensemble in Amsterdam China Festival



Het Concertgebouw
Main Hall
Wednesday, 5 October 20:15 hr
€ 22,50 (CJP € 12,50)
Ed Spanjaard conductor
Hilary Summers alt
Wu Wei sheng
Shi Kelong bariton
Fengxia Xu zheng
Yang Xue erhu
Min Xiaofen pipa
Work by Tan Dun, Guo Wenjing, Chen Qigang, Mo Wuping, Xu Shuya and Joyce Beetuan Koh (the water burns).

In 1991 and 1992, the New Ensemble achieved great success with new music from China. One of the ensemble’s most notable achievements in the discovery of a group of highly talented Chinese composers who grew up during the Cultural Revolution. You will hear a compilation of the most beautiful passages from this Chinese repertoire, specially written for the New Ensemble.


Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ
Main Hall
Friday, 14 October 20:30 hr
€ 20 (CJP € 16)

Booming China – the young generation
Ed Spanjaard, conductor
Wu Wei, sheng
Dong Ya, pipa
Yuan Sha, zheng
Yang Xue, erhu
n.t.b. composers of the Nieuw Ensemble’s Young Chinese Composers Competition:
première of three awarded compositions; Zhang Xuru (Xian/Shanghai) – nieuw werk; Zhou Juan (Beijing, 1981) – nieuw werk; Huang Ruo (Hainan Island/NY,1976) – Double Concerto voor sheng, zheng en Nieuw Ensemble

Booming China ¿ the youngest generation

China is undergoing an explosive development that the West is hardly able to follow. An unbelievable number of Chinese people are approaching life with an endless amount of energy. What does this mean for young artists working in this climate? Is ‘serious music’ also evolving? The composition departments of the conservatoriums in Shanghai, Peking and Wuhan are currently populated by girls no older than twenty. Some of them compose functional music, others are more experimental.
New Ensemble’s Young Chinese Composers Competition opens the door for all of them. The winning works are rehearsed in the presence of the composers and will receive their premiere during the course of this programme.