Students Have Rare Opportunity to Play Alongside Preeminent Musicians
October 27, 2016 – VANCOUVER, BC – Internationally renowned China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) will lead a Master Class at the Vancouver Academy of Music (VAM) on November 29th, 2016, the eve of their Vancouver debut at Vancouver’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. These cultural events, hosted by Poly Culture North America, will commemorate the grand opening of Poly Culture Group’s North American headquarter offices and flagship art gallery in downtown Vancouver.
Aspiring VAM students will be given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to glean the expertise of Yun Chen, concertmaster of the China Philharmonic Orchestra. Included amongst the participants are students from VAM’s Concertmaster Apprenticeship Program, a trailblazing, first of its kind program in Canada, that offers accredited post-secondary training in orchestral leadership. Having studied the violin since the age of four, Mr. Chen has enjoyed a long and acclaimed career in classical music on stages around the world, and he has been a professor in the Orchestral Department and director of the Chamber Music and Orchestral Teaching and Research Section of the Central Conservatory of Music, China’s leading music school, since 2006.
“I am looking forward to sharing my experiences and love for the violin with the Vancouver Academy of Music,” said Yun Chen. “It will be an honour to share the stage with these talented and inspiring young students.”
“Music is fundamental to Canada’s heritage, and the key to preserving our artistic culture lies within our youth,” said Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly. “We wholeheartedly support collaborations such as this, where the exchange of global experience and knowledge is shared between gifted young Canadians and world-renowned experts in their fields.”
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this incredible experience to our students,” said Joseph Elworthy, Executive Director of the Vancouver Academy of Music. “Our students come from all walks of life, united by their love for music and the unique experiences that the discipline can provide. This will undoubtedly be one of those experiences, one they will all remember for the rest of their lives.”
“In addition to celebrating the grand opening of Poly Culture’s North American headquarters in Vancouver with the China Philharmonic Orchestra, we are proud to be collaborating with the Vancouver Academy of Music to bring this exciting experience to their students,” said Yi Chen, CEO of Poly Culture North America. “This is a perfect example of our mandate in action: to facilitate important cultural exchanges between B.C. and China.”
With more than 1,000 performances in its history, the China Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the most celebrated classical music groups in the world. Having performed around the globe including in Berlin, Rome, the United States, and at The Vatican in front of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, their arrival in Vancouver will be a landmark classical music concert.
Media is invited to attend the Master Class at the Vancouver Academy of Music’s Koerner Recital Hall, 1270 Chestnut Street, Vancouver on November 29th, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Interview opportunities with representatives of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, Poly Culture North America and Vancouver Academy of Music faculty and students will be available.
Poly Culture extends special thanks to Cartier as an exclusive sponsor of VAM’s CPO Master Class.
Tickets for the November 30th China Philharmonic Orchestra concert at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts are available at vancouversymphony.ca/chinaphilharmonic
About Poly Culture Group
Poly Culture Group, a subsidiary of China Poly Group Corporation, is China’s largest arts and cultural company. Poly Culture Group offers performance and theatre management, art business and auction, cinema investment and management, and plays a leading role in the Chinese market. Poly Culture Group’s business also covers art education, cultural tourism, artwork, and finance.
About Poly Culture North America
Poly Culture North America has been established by Poly Culture Group to expand business across North America and to build cultural ties between China and Canada. Poly Gallery, located at 905 West Pender Street, will also open in November 2016.
About the CPO
The China Philharmonic Orchestra, established in 2000, has presented more than 1,000 performances, including concerts, operas, cantatas, incidental music, ballets, musicals, chamber music, film and television music, and in collaboration with Chinese cultural instruments. In the spring of 2009, the CPO was named Most Inspiring Orchestras by Gramophone online, joining the glittering array of ten fellow orchestras including Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra. As one of the most distinguished Chinese conductors with an established international reputation, Maestro Long Yu is currently the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra.
About the Vancouver Academy of Music
The Vancouver Academy of Music is a non-profit institution founded in 1969 by the Community Arts Council of Vancouver. The Academy is permanently housed in a modern facility at Vanier Park near the city centre. This building provides classroom space, a library, teaching studios, the Koerner Recital Hall and rehearsal rooms for orchestra, choir, and ballet. The instructional program offers a wide range of classical training for students of instrumental and vocal music and ballet. In addition to private lessons and class instruction, students participate in masterclasses, technique classes, opera workshops, and public recitals of solo and ensemble music.
About the VSO
Founded in 1919, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is the largest performing arts organization west of Ontario and the third largest symphony orchestra in the country. The VSO performs to an annual audience of over 250,000 people through 150 concerts in the historic Orpheum Theatre and numerous additional venues throughout Metro Vancouver. 2016/17 will mark the organization’s 98th season. The VSO’s Music Director is Maestro Bramwell Tovey, acknowledged around the world for his artistic depth and his charismatic personality on the podium.