LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA EMBARKS ON MAJOR SOUTHEAST ASIA TOUR
The London Philharmonic Orchestra embarks on a major two-week tour of Southeast Asia with Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Jurowski and violinist Julia Fischer in March.
The tour marks the Orchestra’s first visit to Taiwan in ten years and its first South Korean tour since 2010. It includes a performance at the newly-opened performing arts centre in Taiwan – The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts. The $348 million facility opened last October, and the New York Times hailed the venue as “a new destination for world-class performances”. The venue saw 800,000 visitors in its opening nine weeks alone and hopes that performances from high-calibre ensembles such as the LPO will solidify its reputation as one of the best performance venues in Asia.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra has a strong international pedigree. It was the first Western orchestra to visit the Soviet Union (1956) and the first to tour China following the Cultural Revolution (1973). Today it typically gives around 35 concerts each year overseas. It visits China every two years and the United States biennially, focusing on New York City, where it appears at leading venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. This Southeast Asian tour continues to establish the Orchestra’s international presence, cementing its reputation of being one of the finest and highly sought-after Orchestras in the world.
The tour begins on 3 March, when the Orchestra departs London for the South Korean capital Seoul. They will then perform in the cities of Yongin, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai, before returning to London on 18 March.