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Le marché de la musique classique en Chine

Duration: about 7h30
Shanghai Chinese OrchestraShanghai Chinese Orchestra © William Beaucardet

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Around two hundred and fifty venues dedicated to the symphonic repertoire and to opera have delopped a classical music programme in China within the last years. What are the operators of this flourishing market (private producers, tour managers, agents, venues) and what music styles, aesthetics and artists are successful in China?


14 APRIL 2021

09:30am – Introduction

09:45am – The adventure of an artistic project in China by Robert Lacombe (Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Action, French Embassy in China 2015-2019)

10:15am – LECTURESilent music, some deviations in the conception of music between China and Europe by François Jullien (Philosopher, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’hommes, holder of "chaire sur l’Altérité")


Session 1 : Music venues in China

11:30am – Designing music venues in China by Christian de Portzamparc (Architect)                                                                                                           

12:00pm – Presentation of the guide of the 200 principal concert venues for classical music in Mainland China by Loic Ah-Son (Independent researcher)

1:00pm-3:00pm – SPEEDMEETINGS organised by The Centre National de la musique (on registration)

Lunch Break 

Session 2 : The orchestras in China                                                                                                                                                                                                     

3:15pm – Tours and international orchestras in China by Wray Armstrong (Founder and Chairman, Armstrong International Music & Arts Enterprises Ltd.)   

3:45pm – The boom of Chinese orchestras by Sebastian Wang (Director of Artistic Planning, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra 2012-2019) (to be confirmed)           

4:15pm – PANEL DISCUSSION 1 Experiences and perspectives of tours for the French and international orchestras in China (complete list will follow), moderated by Vincent Agrech (journalist) (full list to be announced)

·        Anne-Sophie Brandalise (General Director, Orchestre de Paris)

·        Enrique Thérain (Chief Executive Officer, Les Siècles)

·        Aline Sam-Giao (General Director, Auditorium-Orchestre national de Lyon)

5:00pm – end of the conference


15 APRIL 2021

Session 3 : Music and cultural policies                                                                                                                                                                                           

09:30am – The cultural policies and the construction of new concert venues in China (provisional title) by Hongming LIN (Operations’ Director, Shanghai Grand Theater)     

10:00am – The development of new concert venues in metropolitan areas: The case of Shanghai by Cong YAN (Professor, Shanghai Conservatory of Music)


Session 4 : Concerts organisers in China : tour managers and producers                                                                                                                                 

10:45am – Organising concerts in China by WU Jiatong (President, WU Promotion) (to be confirmed)                                                                                             

11:15am – The independent agents in China by ZHANG Kexin (Chairman and managing director, Ruge Artists Management Co., Ltd)                                                 

11:45am – PANEL DISCUSSION 2 The development of the classical music market in China, moderated by Vicent Agrech (journalist) - speakers to be announced

1:00pm-3:00pm – SPEEDMEETINGS organised by The Centre National de la musique (on registration)

Lunch Break  

Session 5 : Taste, audience and repertoire                                                                                                                                                                                       

3:15pm – Programming concerts in China and the question of the taste of the audience by Shuang ZOU (Artistic Director, Beijing Music Festival)                                 

3:45pm – Contemporary music festivals nowadays by WEN Deqing (Composer and Professor, Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Artistic Director, Hanzhou Contemporary Music Festival)                                                                                                                                                                                                               

4:15pm – INTERVIEW – "The position of the artist and creator" – moderated by Emmanuel Hondré (Director of the concerts departement, Philharmonie de Paris)


5:00pm – PANEL DISCUSSION 3 Ensembles, chamber music and soloists in China (full list of speakers to be announced), moderated by Francoise Clerc (Classical music and Jazz Director, Centre National de la musique)

·        Camille Chabanon (Administrator, Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu)

·        YunPeng Zhao (Violinist, Quatuor Diotima)

·        Célimène Daudet (Pianist)

·        Céline Portes (Chief Executive Officer, Ensemble Correspondances)

5:45pm – Conclusions

6:00pm – End of the conference


Coproduction Centre National de la musique, Philharmonie de Paris.
Organisé en partenariat avec le Conservatoire de musique de Shanghai et Sorbonne Université.