Their aim is to share expertise between professional orchestral musicians in China and Australia, as well as foster cultural awareness in both countries.
Delegates from the CPO, including the President, Vice President and Concert Master, travelled to Perth to work with the management and players of WASO and to attend the launch.
The initial phase of the project has been made possible with funding from both the Australian and West Australian Governments and support from WASO corporate partner Singapore Airlines.
The partnership began in December last year with three musicians from WASO travelling to China for a week of rehearsals and performances with the CPO.
Since then a number of visits have been scheduled for musicians and management staff from both orchestras to travel and spend time with their counterparts, sharing knowledge and experiences.
WASO Chair Janet Holmes à Court AC said the partnership with the CPO will be one of the most significant relationships that any western orchestra has in China, touching many more lives than just those who attend the concerts in Beijing and Perth.
‘The most important element of the partnership is the people to people interaction that will be fostered by the program between musicians, management, and most importantly, the broader community. There will be an extensive community engagement program alongside this orchestral one.
‘This program of activities, undertaken by WASO musicians in Beijing, and the CPO musicians in Perth, will provide performances in schools, children’s hospitals, as well as master classes at the Beijing Conservatory of Music and the University of Western Australia.’
Li Nan, President of the China Philharmonic Orchestra said, ‘The China Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to join together with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in creating an ongoing Cultural Exchange Programme.
‘As the economic relationship between China and Australia, particularly Western Australia grows to ever greater levels it is most important that cultural understanding grows strongly as well.’
Adam Handley, President of ACBC WA said the tripartite relationship takes the level of engagement between China and Australia to a new level. ‘Orchestras have come to China on many occasions. Many lament the lack of enduring relationships created during those visits.
'The Symphony Cultural Exchange project will connect musicians and the orchestras at a deep and enduring level while they share experiences together in the lead up to the joint orchestra performance in Beijing. The ACBC WA is proud to have initiated the project and to be partnering with two leading symphony orchestras to deliver the project.’