China is preparing to host the 31st Akzo Nobel For Young Talent concert, which is scheduled to take place on September 10.
Launched in 1994 in order to give talented young musicians the chance to work with acclaimed orchestras and conductors from all over the world, the program has proved to be highly successful and has helped to launch the careers of a number of gifted individuals.
The September concert, being staged at Shanghai Grand Theater, will feature Romanian cellist Laura Buruiana and Finnish pianist Antti Siirala, both of whom will perform with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, led by Chen Xieyang.
Since the start of the program ten years ago, concerts have been staged in a number of different countries, such as Austria, Sweden, the UK, Finland, Hungary and the USA, while accompanying orchestras have included The Hallé Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
The event marks a return to China for the Akzo Nobel For Young Talent program, which staged concerts in Shanghai and Beijing in 1996.
(Released: August 27, 2004)