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About the Conductor (CNSO)

Xincao Li

“One of the young prestigious conductors in the musical world”.

Influenced by his mother, Xincao Li began to study music in his early childhood. The solid musical education he received laid the foundation for his brilliant career. In 1994, he graduated from the China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing as a student of Professor Xu Xin, a well-known conductor and educator in China. By the age of twenty, Li had successfully appeared with many famous domestic orchestras including the Central Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. With them, he performed the works of Mahler, Brahms, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, Silbelius and Dvorak. In addition, he also collaborated with faculties and students of the China Conservatory of Music and performed Verdi's opera La Traviata, and the Chinese opera, Champaign.

In November 1993, as one of the representatives of the Central Conservatory of Music, he won first prize at the First National Conducting Competition of China. In 1994, Li was appointed Principal Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the National Ballet of China. He has successfully conducted many Chinese and classical full length ballets including: Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, La Sylphide, Don Quixote, Coppelia and The Red Detachment of Women.

In 1996, at the invitation of renowned conductor Professor Leopold Hager, Li went to Austria to pursue his advanced studies at the Wiener Müsikhochschüle. In 1997, Li returned to China as Mr. Hager's assistant conductor for a performance with the Wiener Staats Oper. In the same year, he won second prize at the 45th Besancon International Conducting Competition held in France. In the fall of 1999, he toured Japan with the China National Symphony Orchestra for the "‘99 Tour to Japan", conducting with Maestro Zuohuang Chen, and achieved great success. In 2000, he was honored as “one of the 100 most promising and influential youths of China in the 21st century”.

As an active young conductor, Mr. Li has toured many cities in China and abroad. He has frequently collaborated with the National Orchestra de Lille, the Besancon Opera House, the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tivoli Orchestra, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, the Korean KBS Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and the Hong Kong Ballet. He has successfully conducted many operas including Madame Butterfly, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Aida and Tosca. At the end of 2002, Xincao Li conducted a successful CNSO tour in Japan, Australia and Europe.

In a series of concerts, he has shown his adaptability to different programs and his thorough understanding of different musical styles. He was praised especially for his excellent performances of German and Austrian works and the new works by Chinese contemporary composers. Li is presently the Principal Resident Conductor of the China National Symphony Orchestra.



1994年毕业于中国中央音乐学院。曾师从著名指挥家、教育家徐新教授。当他刚刚20岁时,就已与前中央乐团、上海交响乐团等国内著名乐团成功合作了马勒、布拉姆斯、肖斯塔科维奇、拉赫玛尼诺夫、西贝柳斯、德沃夏克等作曲家的大型作品并与中国音乐学院师生合作演出了威尔第的歌剧"茶花女"和中国歌剧"原野" 。   

1993年11月,代表中央音乐学院参加了"首届全国指挥比赛",并荣获第一名。1994年起,受聘于中央芭蕾舞团管弦乐团,出任常任指挥。并成功的演出了"吉赛尔" 、"天鹅湖" 、"睡美人" 、"胡桃夹子" 、"罗米欧与朱丽叶" 、"仙女" 、"唐基柯德" 、"戈佩利亚" 、"红色娘子军"等中外著名芭蕾舞剧。1996年,受指挥大师雷欧普德.哈格教授的邀请赴奥地利,并在国立维也纳音乐学院深造。1997年,在法国举行的"第45届贝桑松国际指挥比赛"中荣获第二名。同年,作为哈格大师的助理指挥,随维也纳国家歌剧院访华演出。 1999年秋,他率中国交响乐团在"99东瀛行"日本巡演中,与陈佐湟共同担任指挥,取得了很大成功。2000年初,被评为"影响中国21世纪的100位青年"之一。