Co-founded by the City of Suzhou and the Suzhou Industrial Park in 2016, the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra (SZS) has positioned itself as China’s most dynamic orchestras. Combining experience and youth, the musicians of the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra represent and 20 countries/regions across four continents.
Under the stewardship of Music Director CHEN Xieyang and Chief Conductor XU Zhong, the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra has conceived daring, illuminating and entertaining programs that encompass a broad range of repertoire with stylistic diversity and technical rigor. Since its inception the orchestra has enjoyed prestigious collaboration with such musical luminaries as Roberto Abbado, Yundi Li, Christof Eschenbach, Jian Wang, Daniel Oren, Tan Dun, Bright Sheng, Anne-Sophie Mutter, He Hui, Xavier de Maistre, Liwei Qin, Siqing Lv, Feng Ning, among others.
In the 2018-2019 season the SZS has crafted diverse programs that will bring more stimulating collaborations with artists such as Christian Arming, Thomas Rösner, John Axelrod, Guang Yang, Rémi Geniet, Lucienne Renaudin-Vary, Shikun Liu, Maxim Mogilevsky, among others, and take the orchestra to venues such as the Staatsoper Berlin Unter den Linden, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and Ronarcher Theater in Vienna.
In mere two seasons the SZS has successfully staged international music competitions that promote artistic dialogue and discover stars of the future, as well as cutting-edge theater productions with creative partners. It co-presented AIDA with the Shanghai Opera House, and ballet productions of ROMEO AND JULIET, THE NUTCRACKER and CARMEN with the Suzhou Ballet Theatre. In 2017 the SZS presented the Jinji Lake International Piano Competition, the first-ever musical event of international caliber in Suzhou, and in 2018 further pushed the boundaries of symphonic innovation by sponsoring the Jinji Lake International Composition Competition which attracted submissions by composers from over 39 countries.
2017 has taken the SZS to France and Germany, and to Hong Kong and Shanghai for a full agenda of opera and concerts. In 2018 the Orchestra shared its music with audiences in the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore, NTCH Concert Hall in Taipei, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the Kobe International Hall. At the invitation of the Chinese Ambassador to the UN, the SZS gave the first-ever concert celebrating Chinese New Year hosted at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in February 2019.
From its home base – the Jinji Lake Concert Hall designed by world-class acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, the SZS has proven itself a leader in organizing premier musical events and spearheading the education of classical music in Suzhou with fully implemented chamber music series and community engagement programs.
Determined to develop the appreciation of music from the root, the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra remains committed as a culture ambassador and a champion of the arts for Suzhou.