GUANGZHOU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra (GSO) receives acclaim as “one of China’s most prestigious music ensembles” and “China’s nexus of musical tradition and innovation”. The 2019/2020 season marks the GSO’s 23rd season. The GSO’s current Music Director is Maestro Long Yu.
Since its founding in 1957, the GSO is the first and only Chinese symphony orchestra to have toured and performed on five continents. In 2006, the GSO was invited to perform in both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. In December 2011, the GSO established its affiliate youth orchestra, later renamed the Guangzhou Symphony Youth Orchestra (August 2016), the first amateur youth orchestra administered by a professional orchestra in China. In January 2017, with GSO Music Director Long Yu leading its Artistic Committee and Yo-Yo Ma as Artistic Director, Youth Music Culture Guangdong (YMCG) was launched, immediately garnering acclaim for “opening a new page in the Chinese symphonic world.”