MSO Asia

A focus on Asia

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Building strong cultural connections across Asia is a strategic priority for the MSO as we continue to work with our Asian partners to collaborate and commission new works and develop exchange opportunities for musicians and staff, all the while strengthening our diplomatic, cultural and artistic relationships. Recent examples of this priority include:

  • MSO’s East Meets West: Chinese New Year Concert, under the patronage of His Excellency Mr Jingye Cheng, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China with special guests including Consul General Mr Jian Zhao, featured Chinese superstar vocalist Tan Weiwei and esteemed conductor Tan Dun in a world premiere of Song Lines, a work they composed together.
  • As part of our three year partnership with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO), celebrated Chinese conductor Yu Long will arrive in Melbourne on April 21 to conduct the MSO in the epic blockbuster Carmina Burana. As part of this collaboration, Sophie Rowell (Associate Concertmaster), and Christopher Moore (Principal Viola) will perform with the SSO in June under the baton of Charles Dutoit
  • MSO has been working closely with the Special Region of Yogyakarta in Indonesia and the Australia-Indonesia Centre (AIC). Last year at the invitation of His Majesty and Governor of the Region,
    Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X we presented our first music camp for Indonesian students. MSO returns to Yogyakarta in August as the first western orchestra to perform at the Prambanan Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site said to be the most beautiful Hindu Temple in the world.

Join the MSO at Prambanan Temple!

Come with us on the experience of a lifetime as we visit Indonesia and perform at Prambanan Temple on 4 August. Contact David Martin at MSO on (03)9626 1108 for more on MSO-exclusive travel packages.