Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, © Photo: CAMI

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra is the oldest and the best‐known ensemble of its kind in Asia, through which the Chinese symphonic music develops. Originally known as the Shanghai Public Band, it developed into an orchestra in 1907, and was renamed the Shanghai Municipal Council Symphony Orchestra in 1922. Notably under the baton of the Italian conductor Mario Paci, the orchestra promoted Western music and trained Chinese young talents very early in China, and introduced the first Chinese orchestral work to the audience, hence reputed as the “the best in the Far East.” Practically, the history of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra may be referred as the history of China’s symphonic music development.

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