KUNMING NIE ER
Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra, founded jointly in March 2010 by the former Yunnan Opera and Dance Drama Theater Symphony Orchestra and the Kunming Symphony Orchestra (respectively established in 1997 and 1987, more than three decades ago, is the only symphony orchestra in China named after the people’s musician, Nie Er. Among the five still existing and state-owned theaters and orchestras which are under the governance of Kunming Municipal Culture and Tourism Bureau, it is the only one which has an independent organizational structure in the Yunnan Province and is a public welfare institution wholly funded by the government. In 2016, Mr. Huang Yi, a well-renowned conductor, was hired by Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra as the first artistic director and chief conductor. Since then, great efforts have been made to help this orchestra grow into a professional symphony orchestra with first class standards to act as a city visiting card featuring the most inspiring cultural and artistic attributes of Kunming.
Over the years, thanks to the support of the Kunming Municipal Party Committee and the Municipal government, the Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra has been committing itself to building up a business. It has been focusing on training and managing their staff as well as improving their working methods in order to improve its performance. It has produced numerous original symphony works of Yunnan, taking the nationalization of symphony as its own mission. With more than 100 performances during every annual music season which included more than 20 significant concerts, our Orchestra can boast great achievements, such as promoting symphonic music culture among Kunming citizens and a vast number of music lovers. In 2012, on the 100th Birth Anniversary of Nie Er, Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra which was named after the People’s Musician held activities in Yu Xi in memory of Nie Er and went on a tour in Beijing and Shanghai. In June of the same year, the Orchestra participated in the national symphony TV exhibition show for “the 70th Anniversary in Memory of the Publication of Talks at the Yan An Forum on Literature and Art by Mao Tse-tung” held by CCTV Music Channel and received favorable reviews. In order to promote the beauty of Kunming, the Orchestra took part in five consecutive Western China Symphony Music Weeks. It introduced new works in 2013 including Plateau Feelings, Lijiang Style and Yekuo Mountain of Lahu and achieved a roaring success when going on tour in Yinchuan, Chengdu, Guiyang and other places. In January 2014, the Orchestra took part in “the 12th Yunnan New Repertoire Performance” with Plateau Feelings, Lijiang Style and Yekuo Mountain of Lahu, which allowed it to win two “First Prize” for Music Creation as well an “Award of Excellence for a New Repertoire”. In 2014, the Orchestra composed and introduced the symphony suite, Dianchi Lake-Love to the Mother Lake, which first debut won an unanimous praise. In the same year, the Orchestra performed new original works of Yunnan in “the 5th China Chongqing Music Season” and was also widely praised. In August 2014, the Orchestra went to Singapore and took part in an international competition, where it allowed the province of Yunnan to win its first ever two Golden awards and five Silver awards. In July 2016, it was awarded four Golden medal，and enjoyed favorable reviews from the Competition Committee and the Singapore audience. In 2015, the Orchestra won two Golden Awards in Xiamen International Double Bass Art Festival. It participated in the “Caravan of Culture - A Long Journey to Thousand Villages”, an event organized for “bringing cultural benefits to people” for two consecutive years in 2016 and 2017, with 10 charity shows per year.
In October 2017, it was the only symphony orchestra in Western China to participate in the 20th Beijing International Music Festival, in which it performed the orchestral suite “A Shi Ma”, a Yunnan’s local folk music work, which was adapted by the renowned commissioned composer Mr. Zou Ye from the movie “A Shi Ma”, originally composed by Luo Zongxian and Ge Yan.
In 2018, we invited Mr. Cui Bingyuan, a famous composer, to write a “Symphony of the Comrades” by adapting the military songs of the Military School in Kunming in its memory. In 2018, the album featuring the Symphonic Suite A Shi Ma won the“Top 10 Hi-Fi Albums Award 2018 and ranked the“Best Symphonic Suite Album of the Year”in the Top 10 Records List.
In 2019, the Symphonic Suite A Shi Ma album won the honorary title of the“Best Original Classical Album”in the 3rd Cmic Music Awards.
For the 2019-2020 music season, in order to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the orchestra commissioned the famous composer Mr. Zou Ye to write a large-scale symphonic chorus based on Nie Er’s works called “The Inspiring Sound” and the symphony Colorful Yunnan on the theme of this province minorities’ music.
On the first of October 2019, for the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra, our artistic director and Chief Conductor Huang Yi were invited to go to Beijing on Tian An Men Square to take part in the event called “Thousand People Symphony”, together with 16 further Chinese orchestras.
In 2020, our Symphony Orchestra took the Symphonic Suite A Shi Ma to Shanghai to take part in the Shanghai Music in Summer Air event. The reception was excellent.
In 2021, our Orchestra created a symphonic poem entitled “Poem of Colored Clouds” for which it won two big awards – “The Excellent Play Award” and “The Excellent Actor Award” in the “16th Yunnan New Play Festival”. In the same year, we focused on different themes, such as “Learning the history of the Party while listening to music”. That initiative had a good social impact since it helped teach the history of the Party while instilling it in every single mind. In June, we participated in the provincial and municipal “Gala to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China” . In October, we contributed to the in COP15 “invitation to spring city” - reception.
In 2022, we participated in the collective commission of the Symphony Orchestra Alliance of the Chinese Musicians Association and composed the poem entitled “A Thousand Miles of Rivers and Mountains”. In March, it launched a novel series of musical performances called “Blooming Concerts”. In July , we took part in the Recommendation Meeting of China International Travel Mart 2022. It was widely praised and contributed to further enrich the city cultural idiosyncrasies, while promoting the combined development of culture and tourism. In August 2022, we cooperated with the famous conductor Yu Hai to put together a performance around the“Story of Nie Er and our Chinese National Anthem”.
Having long been committed to the “Bringing in and Going out” policy, Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra has been cooperating with a large number of well-known conductors from home and abroad, such as Long Yu，Christian Ehwald, Mihhail Gerts, Donald Portnoy, Bian Zushan, Zhang Guoyong, Lu Jia, Yang Yang, Li Xincao, Lin Daye, Xia Xiaotang, Zhu Qiyuan, Kahchun Wong and Darrell Ang to help enhance its overall professionalism. To that end, it also has invited renowned Chinese and foreign pianists, such as Haochen Zhang , Meng-Chieh Liu, Siheng Song, George Li and Serena Wang; violinists such as Siqing Lu, Ning Feng, Mengla Huang, Xiaoming Wang, Yossif Ivanov and Mayu Kishima; cellists such as Li-Wei Qin, Bonian Tian and Zhao Jing; singers such as Dai Yuqiang, Yao Hong, Yuanming Song and Shen Yang. During this period, it has received the support from great experts in the field of classical music, such as Liu Yunzhi, Chen Yun, Xu Dongxiao, Jin Hui and Linlin Wong, just to mention a few. The year 2016 saw the Orchestra host its first music season, where it enhanced the performers skills and experience while enlarging their perception of music.
The Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orchestra has always taken the promotion of the symphonic music among people and the improvement of mass culture as an obligation. Drawing upon the elements of the Yunnan Folk music, it is putting a lot of efforts to deliver symphony works of high quality to cater well for the public and carry forward the spirit of unremitting self-improvement and hard work.