KOTA KINABALU, 13 JULY 2019 – The Sabah State Government through its Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment of Sabah together with the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Kota Kinabalu are co-hosting the distinguished “Maritime Silkroad Legend Concert 2019” in conjunction with the 45th Anniversary of Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China diplomatic relations.
In this celebration, Sabah is proud to have the world-renowned pianist Claudia Yang and the Guangxi Symphony Orchestra, perform in Kota Kinabalu on 18 July 2019 as part of the groups tour in Malaysia which also includes; Kuala Lumpur on 16th July, and Penang on 20th July.
Themed “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR), this performance is a significant node of the Maritime Silk Road which is to enhance regional connectivity. The OBOR initiative dates back to 2013. In this context, Sabah has been fortunate grow in capacity of direct flights from China into Sabah. Besides allowing the China arrivals to grow, major cities such as Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong have become an alternative gateway to connect further north countries through China to Sabah.
The concert will be held on 18 July 2019 (Thursday), 7:00pm, at the Auditorium of Sabah State Administrative Centre, Kota Kinabalu and is only for invited guests and will be graced by the Sabah’s Head of State Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tuan Yang Terutama Tun (Dr.) Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Juhar Bin Haji Mahiruddin and spouse Yang Amat Berbahagia Toh Puan Datin Seri Panglima Hajah Norlidah Binti Datuk R.M. Jasni, together with Sabah’s Chief Minister Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd Shafie bin Haji Apdal and spouse Datin Seri Panglima Hajah Shuryani Binti Datuk Haji Shuaib.
About Guangxi Symphony Orchestra
Originally founded in 1978 and officially named in 1996, Guangxi Symphony Orchestra is an excellent professional symphony orchestra in southwest China that now belongs to Guangxi Song & Dance Theatre Co., LTD. In the past decades, Guangxi Symphony Orchestra has played a great deal of classic works of China and other countries in successful cooperation with famous conductors, instrumentalists, and vocalists at home and abroad, including Li Delun, Han Zhongjie, Yan Liangkun, Xu Xin, Zheng Xiaoying, Bian Zushan, Tang Muhai，Li Huade, Chen Chuanxi, Zahng Guoyong, Jiang Jinyi, Li Xincao, Xu Zhijun, Lv Siqing, Lang Lang, Yin Chengzong, Min Huifen, Xue Wei, Wu Bixia, Dutch conductor Josef Suilen, Austrian conductor Ralf Kircher, American violinist Florin Parvulescu, English classical soprano Sarah Brightman, and more. Guangxi Symphony Orchestra has been praised highly by masters and experts for its devotion to music and the affinity with teamwork.
The Orchestra also produces accompaniment music and scores for operas, dance dramas, plays, films, TV series and radio plays, as well as actively participates in regional and national celebration performances.
Besides constantly striving for excellence, Guangxi Symphony Orchestra keeps coming up with performances full of creativity to arouse the public’s interest in classical music. The orchestra has been holding the concerts of New Year and Spring Festival every year since 1994 and helps people appreciate music through concerts since 2013. They also organise activities to introduce classical art to colleges and universities. In 2013, the orchestra launched two weekly concerts entitled “Sound of the South” to benefit the public. As the main force of performance in the project, the orchestra receives favorable comments from society and media. The audience gives enthusiastic applause to the performances by the orchestra, such as symphony fairy tale “Peter and the Wolf”, “Funny Anderson”, a concert for promoting parenting relationship, audio and visual concert “Bravo! Oscar!”, the concert “Spirited Away: the Animation World of Hayao Miyazaki and Joe Hisaishi” and more.
About Claudia Yang
Claudia Yang (Nee Teoh) was born in Muar, Johor, Malaysia, into a family originating from the province of Fujian, China. She took her first piano lessons at the age of five under Mrs. Norman Tan and went on to study under great pianists including Dianko Iliew, Paul Badura-Skoda and Ludwig Hoffman at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst), where she graduated as joint best pianist of 1997. The following year, Claudia went to study under Orysia Sterniuk in Ukraine.
Year 1999 was the year Claudia made her Chinese debut in Beijing Concert Hall and was named “The Global Chinese of the Year” by China Voice magazine. Claudia, as a visiting Professor often went on to offer master classes at Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China Central Conservatory of Music, University of Music and Performing Arts in Slovakia, Fujian University, Jilin University, Xiamen University, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Xi An Conservatory of Music, Tianjin Conservatory of Music and El Sistema Music Academy in Venezuela.
Claudia has collaborated with orchestras in Central and Eastern Europe, National Symphony Orchestra of Malaysia, London Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Lithuania National Symphony Orchestra, Asia Pacific United Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, MAV Symphony Orchestra, Gyor Philharmonic, Philippines Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra Cinematography, Simon Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Lviv Virtuoso, Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, Fujian Symphony Orchestra, Hebei Symphony Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Henan Symphony Orchestra, Kazakhstan National Symphony Orchestra, and appeared as a soloist at leading music festivals around the world. She has worked with many conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Muhai Tang, Betrand De Billy, Rastislav Stur, Robertas Servenikas, Carlo Ponti, Stefan Vladar, Olivier Ochanine, Diego Matheuz. She also toured with Russian violinist Vadim Repin in 2014.
In 2014 the Hungarian Government awarded her the Pro Cultura Hungarica prize for her contribution in propagating Hungarian culture, in particular, the music of Liszt. That same year, she collaborated closely with Gyula Fekete on the jointly composed piano concerto Dream of the Red Chamber, which was subsequently recorded in London with the LSO and Muhai Tang. China Voice magazine named Claudia a “Global Chinese of the Year”.