OCTOBER 1st 2019 – 9.30PM


International Music Day, October 1st will be celebrated with the Macao Chinese Orchestra, directed by principal conductor, Liu Sha.

Chinese classical music, influenced by traditional Chinese music, with traditional instruments included in the western symphony orchestra.

This concert is also a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Portugal and China, and the 20th anniversary of the transfer of Macao to the Chinese administration.





Liu Sha is a National Class One Conductor and currently Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Macao Chinese Orchestra, Resident Conductor of the China National Traditional Orchestra (CNTO) and the Central Conservatory Chinese Orchestra, Guest Conductor-in-Residence of the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Jilin Symphony Orchestra and Vice Chairman of the Russian Chinese Artists’ and Musicians’ Association.

He graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music where he studied conducting, and later went to the N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg Conservatory to further his conducting studies. He completed the programme with top honours and was awarded a diploma in Opera-Symphony Conducting. During his studies, he had benefitted from the teaching of Professors Xu Xin, Wang Fujian, and Alexander Polishchuk. He had also attended the master classes of world famous maestros Seiji Ozawa, Mstislav Rostropovich, Jorma Panula, Colin Metters and Gustav Meier.

Acclaimed as a cross-genre conductor adept in both Chinese and Western music in recent years, Liu has easy command over Western symphonic music and Chinese orchestral music. In the former, his forte is in the music of Russia and Eastern Europe, and he expanded his concert repertoire phenomenally by including 20th century Western music and Chinese contemporary works. In the latter, he actively explores ways to develop Chinese music ensembles and to groom professional conductors in Chinese orchestral music. He has performed by sight-reading and premiered close to a thousand works in the genre. Furthermore, Liu is a visionary who has been actively advocating, commissioning and performing new works by young composers. The resulting achievements have launched him into the limelight of the music circles of China and Asia. The media dubbed him as a distinguished representative figure and leader among the younger generation of Chinese music conductors.

At the 5th Chinese Music Forum in 2016, he was the youngest conductor to be named one of China’s Top Ten Conductors in Chinese Orchestral Music. In August the same year, he was the cover feature in People’s Music. Liu has published many papers and music critiques with contents showing his wide and varied empirical experiences as well as insights into pedagogic studies. He is currently a visiting professor to many arts institutes in China.


The Macao Chinese Orchestra is a professional orchestra under the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government. Established in 1987, the Orchestra has always adhered to its principles, namely “rooted in Macao, engaging globally, inheriting the legacy of China and the West and spreading culture”. In addition, the Orchestra not only has been presenting the Chinese music that meets the spirit of times but also serving Macao residents and promoting the essence of Macao abroad.

The Macau Chinese Orchestra has made great efforts to promote music art education and culture and demonstrate its concern for society by going deep into the community and schools. It has been actively participating in the Macao International Music Festival, Macao Arts Festival and Celebration of the Anniversary of Macao's Handover to China. It has also been strengthening the nurture of small and medium-sized arts groups and young musicians with an aim to promote local Chinese music development and trying to put music performances into stage of World Heritage Sites, parks etc to enrich residents’ lives and activate the artistic genes in communities.

The Macau Chinese Orchestra had toured all over many countries and cities, such as Portugal, Belgium, India, Goa, Singapore, the Kingdom of Bahrain and other countries, Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Taipei, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Wuhan, Xian, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Fuzhou and Guangzhou, Xiamen, Quanzhou, Putian, Zhongshan, and other cities. Through the integration of Chinese-Western elements and contemporary Chinese music art, the Orchestra aims to enhance exchanges and cooperation, and promote the cultural image of the integration of Macao and the West, what has been widely praised.

Conductors who have joined hands with the Orchestra include Wong Kin Wai, Pang Ka Pang, Wang Zhengping, He Zhanhao, Gu Limin, Gu Guanren, Wang Fujian, Huang Xiaofei, Wang Yongji, Hu Bingxu, Yan Huichang, Kuan Nai Chung, Piao Dongsheng, Bian Zushan, Liu Wenjin, Chen Xieyang, Zhang Lie, Chen Ning Chi, Hong Xia, Liu Sha and Tsung Yi, etc.

The Orchestra has co-operated with numerous musicians and vocalists, including Shi Sucheng, Min Huifen, Liu Dehai, Rão Kyao, Jiang Kemei, Song Fei, Dai Ya, Chen Zuohui, Tang Junqiao, Zhao Jiazhen, Guo Fengnu, Frances Yip, Yu Hongmei, Paula Tsui, Yu Kuizhi, Adam Cheng, Jenny Tseng, Li Chuanyun, Yin Chengzong, Carlos do Carmo, George Lam, Wu Yuxia, Zhao Cong and Yang Xuefei, among others.

The Macao Chinese Orchestra perform periodically not only traditional folk music but also original Chinese music works with combination of Chinese and Western characters. it emphasizes on performing local commissioned works that feature elements of Macao’s culture that include Kuan Nai Chuang’s Macao Love Stories, Zhao Jiping’s Macao Impressions, Tang Jianping’s Macau Suite, Wang Danhong’s Macau Capriccio, etc. Some of these music works even have been recorded and published, and they became representative works showing Macao’s unique cultural atmosphere.