The MSO’s focus on China saw the Orchestra tour in May 2018: our first full-orchestra tour to China since 2002. The touring party included 83 musicians, our Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis, Cybec Assistant Conductor Tianyi Lu and guest soloists Lu Siqing (China’s most eminent violinist) and Beijing-born pianist Moye Chen. Reaching beyond the traditional tour locations of Shanghai and Beijing, we also performed in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing, and Hangzhou. With all six concerts selling out – attracting a live audience of almost 10,000 people – and more than 200 million through four concert broadcasts across China, publicity reached an estimated 1.56 billion people. We were delighted to partner with Audi China and Lendlease China on this tour.
Outcomes from this tour yielded partnerships and ongoing engagement with:
National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing (2020-2023)
Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra (2020-2023)
In 2019, the MSO was the winner of the AustCham Westpac Australia-China Business Award for Business Innovation, Creative Industries and the Digital Economy.