…with the Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman nothing is everyday. These concert appearances of his are parcelled out sparely, like gifts of rare jewels. - The Times, June 2005
Krystian Zimerman rose to fame at an early age when he was awarded First Prize in the Chopin Competition at the age of 18. He has since embarked on a world-class career working with the world’s most prestigious orchestras and giving recitals in the top international concert halls.
He has collaborated with many pre-eminent musicians: chamber partners such as Gidon Kremer, Kyung-Wha Chung and Yehudi Menuhin, and conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Seiji Ozawa, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, André Previn, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, Bernard Haitink, Stanisław Skrowaczewski and Sir Simon Rattle.
Since making the decision to transport his own piano for every recital performance, he has alerted audiences to the complexities and capabilities of the instrument. The confidence which is afforded by always performing on his own, thoroughly-familiar instrument, combined with his own piano-building expertise allows him to reduce to an absolute minimum anything which might distract him from purely musical issues.He limits himself to 50 concerts per season and pursues a comprehensive approach to the musical profession, organising his own management, studying hall acoustics, the latest sound technology and instrument construction.
Conductor: Lü Jia
The Macao Orchestra is a professional ensemble, under the auspices of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government. In September 2008 Lü Jia started his tenure as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestra, initiating several concert series in each season and presenting to the public, comprehensively and systematically, both Western and Chinese programmes, thereby stimulating the interest of a growing public.
The Orchestra collaborates regularly with numerous internationally renowned musicians, conductors and ensembles including Leonidas Kavakos, Iván Martín, Barry Douglas, Fou Ts’ong, Lang Lang, Yundi Li, Sarah Chang, Qin Liwei, Ning Feng, Daniel Oren, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Latvian National Opera (Latvia), the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Korean Chamber Orchestra, etc. In addition, the Macao Orchestra has been regularly invited to perform in Mainland China and overseas, performing in more than 30 cities in China, Portugal, Spain and the U.S.A, etc. The Orchestra successfully presented high quality concerts through its refined performance style and professional level, becoming a symbol of Macao’s prosperity as an international cultural city.