Yang Yang, Music Director, Chief Conductor
Yang Yang is currently the Music Director and Chief Conductor of
China National Opera House; the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the HangZhou Philharmonic Orchestra; the Music Director of the HangZhou International Music Festival; the Artistic Director of the Junior Orchestra of Central Conservatory of Music; “First Rank National Conductor” of China .
As an extraordinary conductor, he conducted China National Opera House, China Philharmonic Orchestra and HangZhou Philharmonic Orchestra to successfully performed world classic operas such as ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’, ‘Die Zauberflote’, ‘Cosi fan Tutte’, ‘La Traviata’, ‘Rigoletto’, ‘Turandot’, ‘Madame Butterfly’, ‘La Boheme’, ‘Suor Angelica’, ‘Il Trbarro’, ‘Gianni Schicchi’, ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’, ‘Pagliacci’, he also participated in many Chinese opera premieres as a conductor, such as ‘The Banquet’, ‘A Madman’s Diary’, ‘The Long March’, ‘The Red Detachment of Women’, ‘Manas’, ‘Fate’, ‘Road’ and "Xiao Hong". Yang Yang has toured Switzerland, Italy and Slovenia with China National Opera House and the HangZhou Philharmonic Orchestra. The great success of the performances under his excellent conductor undoubtedly demonstrates Yang Yang's extraordinary talent in opera.
Born in a musical family, learned piano with Prof. Li Qifang. Later, he learned conducting respectively with Prof. Xu Xin and Prof. Wu Lingfen, and then was admitted to the Conducting Department of Central Conservatory of Music, being one of the students of famous conductor, president of the Central Conservatory of Music Prof. Yu Feng.
In November 2006, Yang won the first place for his outstanding performance at the Dimitris Mitropoulos International Competition for Orchestral Conducting in Greece. It’s the first time for the Chinese conductors to have such honor. As one of the most active young conductors in China, Yang has maintained close partnership with all mainstream orchestras and opera houses domestically. Meanwhile, he has successfully left tracks at a host of foreign orchestras such as Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, German Philharmonic Orchestra of Cologne, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Dortmunder Philharmoniker, National Rhine Philharmonic Orchestra, New Brandenburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Italian Verona Opera House, Teatro Regio Torino, Italian Rome Philharmonic Orchestra, French Cannes Symphony Orchestra, Bordeaux Symphony Orchestra, Valencia Orchestra of Spain, Greek Symphony Orchestra, Athenian Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and Korean Incheon Philharmonic,etc.He had sincere cooperation with world famous musicians such as cellists Lynn Harrell, Alban Gerhard, Wang Jian, Natalia Gutman, violinists Maxim Vengerov, Gidon Kremer, Vadim Repin, Midori, Sarah Chang, Augustin Dumay, Lenard Karpison, Cho-Liang Lin, pianists Gary Graffman, Lang Lang, Rudolf Buchbinder, Yefim Bronfman, Barry Douglas, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Kun-Woo Paik, Jon Kimura Parker, soprano Sumi Jo, baritone Thomas Hampson, clarinetists Sabine Meyer, Wenzel Fuchs, French horn players Radovan Vlatkovic, Stefan Dohr,etc. Yang had also cooperated with all Chinese distinguished musicians. Recommended by maestro Long Yu, Yang started his conducting career in the year of 1998, at the First Beijing International Music Festival (BMF). Since then, he conducted operas and concerts at BMF eight years consecutively. From 2000 to 2016, Yang Yang held the position as the Assistant Conductor and Resident Conductor of China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO). In 2006, Yang Yang attended an advanced training course hosted by maestro Myung-whun Chung in Korea. In 2009, he has presided over the founding of Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO). In 2017, he founded HangZhou International Music Festival.
Since 2009, Yang Yang and HPO had successfully completed 13 music seasons, and performed at leading festivals including Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Ravello Festival, Emilia Romagna Festival, Taormina Festival, Ljubljana Festival. He also toured with HPO extensively in Russia and Estonia. In 2018, Yang toured with HPO to five “Belt and Road” countries including Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Hungary, as well as Japan, Korea and Thailand as the conductor, winning great applause from European and Asian audience and enjoying critical acclaim at home and abroad.