Chairman Michael Ullmer AO welcomed Lu Siqing as the newest member of the MSO’s Artistic Family.
“Through this award we celebrate Lu’s extraordinary contribution to music,” Mr Ullmer said.“We are thrilled he has accepted this appointment.”
MSO Managing Director Sophie Galaise said the prestigious position acknowledges the deep connection between Lu Siqing and the MSO.
“Having witnessed his astonishing talent first-hand on the MSO’s tour of China in 2018, it was clear Lu Siqing has a special affinity with our Orchestra,” Ms Galaise said.
“We hope with this position, Lu Siqing and the MSO will continue working towards bringing our communities together, through the shared language of music.”
Lu Siqing joins composer Tan Dun as fellow Artistic Ambassador for the MSO.
The 2019 MSO Artist-in-Residence was
honoured in a presentation at his sold-out concert at the Melbourne
Recital Centre on Friday 18 October.
Adored by tens of millions of fans, Lu Siqing returned to Melbourne after his triumphant MSO performances earlier this year in the Season Opening Gala with Sir Andrew Davis and the Last Night of the Proms.
The Beijing-based Lu famously plays the ‘Miss Crespi’ 1699 Stradivarius violin and has been performing with the MSO
since 2014. He has appeared in multiple Chinese New Year concerts in
Melbourne and a sold-out six-city tour of China with Sir Andrew Davis.
His recent The Beauty of the Violin recording for ABC Classics with the MSO
and conductor Benjamin Northey was critically acclaimed nationwide. He also recently completed the incredible feat of a 40-city tour of China.
Recognised as one of the most outstanding Chinese violinists on the global stage today, Lu has performed to great acclaim in more than 40
countries and territories with many of the world’s finest orchestras. He
is currently Artistic Director of China’s National Centre for the
Performing Arts (NCPA) May Music Festival, and the Siqing Lu Shenzhen Futian International String Festival which he founded in 2016.
Lu’s ‘Miss Crespi’ is generously loaned to him by Chinese-Australian arts philanthropist, Deputy Chairman of the MSO board, Mr David Li AM.