Maestro Muhai Tang

Muhai Tang came to international recognition when Herbert von Karajan invited him to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in its 1983 subscription series.


This success led to repeat appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic and invitations from many of the world’s leading orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, NDR Hamburg, Sydney Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestras amongst many others.  Since then he has appeared as guest conductor on four continents and has become a favourite with audiences and musicians alike, with an engaging stage presence and graceful and natural technique. He has worked with numerous great artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman, Cecilia Bartoli, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Martha Argerich and Anne-Sophie Mutter to name just a few.

Maestro Tang has held the position of Chief Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Finnish National Opera, National Orchestra of China, and most recently of the Belgrade Philharmonic and Zurich Chamber Orchestra.  Currently he holds the role of Artistic Director of The Tianjin Grand Opera, The Shanghai Philharmonic and is Conductor Laureate conductor of China National Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Orchestra.

The son of a famous film director in China, Muhai Tang has always been drawn to the musical stage, and has conducted opera on several continents.  In 2015 he became the first Chinese conductor invited to the Teatro alla Scala di Milano, conducting Rossini`s “Otello” which followed highly acclaimed new production of Rossini’s opera Le Comte Ory in Zurich.  While Chief Conductor of the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki he led highly successful new productions of Die Frau Ohne Schatten, Turandot, Der Rosenkavalier and Pique Dame, and Madame Butterfly, Tosca, La Rondine, Boris Godunov, The Marriage of Figaro, La Traviata, The Barber of Seville and Othello.  His ballet performances with the company included an acclaimed Sacre du Printemps and a new production of Swan Lake.  In 2007 he conducted fully-staged performances of Tan Dun’s opera “Tea” with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.

He has an extraordinarily wide repertoire, ranging from Baroque to contemporary composers.  He completed his tenure as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra in 2014 and continued with them as Principal Guest Conductor.  This has given him an opportunity to explore the chamber orchestra repertoire which has always been close to his heart.  In particular, Muhai Tang has received great acclaim for his performances of Joseph Haydn.

Muhai Tang also enjoys working with younger musicians in a mentoring role and has conducted the Shanghai Conservatory Orchestra, where he studied himself and in Berlin as part of the Young Euro Classic Festival in which 17 youth orchestras performed in 17 days. In August 2007, he brought students from the Shanghai Conservatory to collaborate with the German Youth Orchestra, a project culminating in two performances at the Berlin Konzerthaus and then a tour through six major cities of China; this led to a chamber orchestra tour in 2009 and the collaboration continues to this day. Muhai Tang became Conducting Professor and Head of the Conducting Department at the Conservatory in 2007.

Muhai Tang has an extensive discography, and the Guitar Concertos by Tan Dun and Christopher Rouse with Sharon Isbin and the Gulbenkian Orchestra, for Teldec, was awarded a Grammy in 2002.  In 2014 Decca published two DVDs of Zurich Opera’s productions of Rossini’s “Le Comte Ory” and “Otello”.