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China National Traditional Orchestra
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Official Logo
Native name 中国中央民族乐团
Short name China National Orchestra
Former name China Central Nationalities Orchestra, among many others
Location Beijing, China
Concert hall National Centre for the Performing Arts - Concert Hall, Beijing
Principal conductor Liu Sha
Music director Jiang Ying

The China National Traditional Orchestra (CNTO)[1][2][3] (Chinese: 中国中央民族乐团 or 中央民族乐团; also called China National Orchestra)[4][5][6][7] is a 110-piece[8] orchestra of traditional Chinese musical instruments[9] with an accompanying folk choir.[10][11] Founded in Beijing, China in 1960, the orchestra is a state-level (national) performing arts institution directly administered and endorsed by China's Ministry of Culture (MOC).[12][13][14][15] Its mission is to promote and advance China’s musical heritage.[16][17][13][18][19] CNTO is part of a cultural exchange program called Image China and the orchestra is managed by the China Arts and Entertainment Group (CAEG).[20]


The China National Traditional Orchestra was founded by composer and conductor Li Huanzhi (1919-2000),[21][22] the former chair of the Chinese Musicians' Association. CNTO's current president and producer is musician and ethnomusicologist Xi Qiang,[17][23] who is a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. In 1993, the orchestra founded Orchestra Asia, together with Ensemble Nipponia of Japan and the South Korean National Orchestra.[24]

In the interest of promoting a larger view of Chinese culture, CNTO became the first Chinese orchestra known for combining music performance with other Chinese art forms, such as painting.[25] Its 2015 concert tour Rediscover Chinese Music, was promoted as "a breathtaking multimedia experience" with storytelling, lighting and sound special effects, multimedia backdrops, and moving scenery.[26][8][27]

Alternate names[edit]

The China National Traditional Orchestra has been known by several English names[28][29] over the years, largely due to challenges with Chinese translation. The orchestra's Chinese name is pronounced in Chinese as Zhōngguó Zhōngyāng Mínzú Yuètuán,[a] where Zhōngguó means "China," zhōngyāng means "central," and mínzú yuètuán means "ethnic nationalities" orchestra.[30]

In English-speaking countries, the CNTO has been misidentified as other similarly named Chinese orchestras.[31] The orchestra has also been referred to by different names within the same news article[32] and in the orchestra's own promotional materials.

English variants of the orchestra's name include:[28]

Central Chinese Orchestra[33] Central Traditional Orchestra[4] Central Nationalities Orchestra[34][35][36]
China Central Chinese Orchestra[32][37] China Central Folk Orchestra[38] China Central Orchestra[10]
China Central National Music Orchestra[39][24] China Central National Orchestra[40] China Chinese Central National Orchestra
China Chinese National Orchestra[41] Chinese National Orchestra[11][42] China Central Nationalities Orchestra
National Chinese Traditional Orchestra[14][43][44][45] National Orchestra of China[46] National Traditional Orchestra of China[47][48][49][50][51]

Perhaps owing to its favored relationship with China's Ministry of Culture, orchestra leadership might have continually revised the ensemble's English name to reflect its current importance or social status, differentiate it from countless other Chinese orchestras, and emphasize the CNTO's stated mission of "sharing China's musical heritage with the world."[18] In 2015, the orchestra has been consistently billed and promoted as the China National Traditional Orchestra at the Kennedy Center,[1] Carnegie Hall,[2] and Lincoln Center,[3] as evidenced by venue calendars and ticket sales webpages.


The China National Traditional Orchestra has faced its share of criticism – both at home and abroad – in that it did not actually promote authentic Chinese culture in the beginning, but rather, imitated Western culture with its Western-style orchestra model.[47][52][53] Historically, traditional Chinese music was performed with soloists or in small ensembles. What's more, the orchestra's concert repertoire has included works by Bach and Strauss, contemporary songs like New York, New York, and non-Chinese patriotic hymns like America the Beautiful.[54] In recent years, the orchestra has focused on the commission and arrangement of more traditional pieces representative of its heritage.[3]

Not to be outdone by Western or popular music trends, the orchestra also collaborates with well-known directors like Wang Chaoge[55][56] to help inject energy into traditional music performances by "creating innovative shows."[57] The orchestra's performances outside of China appear to be well received, as inferred by sold-out concerts,[30] standing ovations,[58] multiple encores,[54] and media coverage.[27][59][60][61] For example, at the December 2015 Kennedy Center premiere of Rediscover Chinese Music, an audience member was recorded on camera saying "[the show] was moving. It was beautiful."[19] One could assume that the orchestra's efforts to fuse modern stage production values with ethnic melodies has been a successful tactic in attracting new, enthusiastic audiences.[62]

Notable orchestra members[edit]

  • Xi Qiang, producer[63] and president of the orchestra


Creative team[edit]

  • Li Bin,[20] stage design
  • Wang Yugang, lighting design
  • Gan Hua, multimedia design
  • Zheng Zejian, multimedia design
  • Zuo Huanyu, costume design
  • Shen Tian, sound design


The orchestra has performed throughout China[73][11][42] and visited dozens of nations[74] on five continents.[75][14]


  • In 1984, American classical composer Shen Sinyan, a member of the Chinese Music Society of North America, invited the orchestra to tour the United States.[76] The orchestra became "the first Chinese orchestra of Chinese instruments" to do so.[4][77]
  • In 1996, the Carnegie Hall Corporation commissioned Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng to create Spring Dreams, a concerto for Yo-Yo Ma and the orchestra.[78]
  • In 1997, Spring Dreams was performed by the orchestra and the famed cellist.[46][50]
  • In 1998, the orchestra performed for the first time at a special New Year concert in the Vienna Golden Hall (a.k.a. Wiener Musikverein).[38]
  • In 2004, the orchestra cancelled its appearance at a concert that contained Christian content.[12][15]
  • In 2011, the orchestra became the first traditional Chinese music group to perform at Austria's Salzburg Summer Festival.[32][69]
  • In 2014, American pop music artist Katy Perry visited the orchestra to hear an arrangement of her song 'Roar' played on traditional Chinese instruments.[6][7][79][80]
  • In December 2015, members from the orchestra performed for and with students of Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School in a school assembly; the first time the orchestra had performed for local primary school students.[81] The school's chorus — 40 singers, ages 9 to 11 — also performed a song with the orchestra during its Kennedy Center concert dates.[82][20]
Performance chronology[b]
Year Dates Location Venue Event and/or Concert Notes Source
1984 August 11 Washington, DC National Museum of Natural History Concert presented by the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program.
  • Washington Post[77]
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives[83]
1989 September Beijing, China Beijing Concert Hall In collaboration with the Han-Tang Yuefu Ensemble. Taiwan Today[84]
1997 February 19 Worcester, MA Mechanics Hall premier of Spring Dreams Performance of concerto commissioned for Yo-Yo Ma and the orchestra.
  • Worcester Magazine[46]
  • ISSUU ScoresOnDemand[78]
February 20 New York, NY Carnegie Hall premier of Spring Dreams Performance of concerto commissioned for Yo-Yo Ma and the orchestra.
1998 January 27 Vienna, Austria Vienna Golden Hall (Wiener Musikverein) Chinese Lunar New Year Concert / Grand Chinese New Year Concert Chen Xieyang, conductor[74]
2000 August 24 New York, NY United Nations (UN) General Assembly Hall China Cultural Exchange 2000
  • The China Report[86]
August 26–27 Washington, DC Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Washington City Paper[53]
August 31 Chicago, IL Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center China National Orchestra Gala Concert
  • Chicago Reader[54]
  • Chinese Music Society of North America[4]
September 3 St. Louis, MO Powell Symphony Hall Faces of Love Towards the East St. Louis Mayor Clarence Harmon proclaimed 3 September 2000 as China National Orchestra Day. St. Louis Chinese American News[87]
September 10 San Francisco, CA Davies Symphony Hall San Francisco debut. Sold-out performance. Standing ovation. At the end of program, the orchestra played three encores.[30]
  • AsianWeek[88]
  • San Francisco Classical Voice[30]
September 17 New York, NY Lincoln Center The Bronze Culture Festival Yo-Yo Ma performs. Wall Street Journal[74]
2010 January 29 Brussels, Belgium BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts Europalia China Art Festival Concert organized by Europalia International and the Chinese Ministry of Culture.
  • BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts Calendar[89]
January 30 Paris, France UNESCO Headquarters or Maison de l'UNESCO Chinese New Year Concert By invitation, limited seating capacity.
Chen Xieyang, conductor
November 1 Beijing, China Concert Hall of the NCPA (National Center for the Performing Arts) Month-long series of stage performances to celebrate the country's cultural achievements Chen Xieyang, conductor China Central Television[92]
2011 August 5 Salzburg, Austria 91st Salzburg Festival / Salzburg Summer Festival Marks the first time a traditional Chinese music group played at this event.
  • Chen Xieyang, director
  • Xi Qiang, orchestra chair
December 7 Beijing, China Concert Hall of the NCPA (National Center for the Performing Arts) Part of concert series: One Hundred Concerts of Chinese Music[11]
2012 June 14 Beijing, China Concert Hall of the NCPA (National Center for the Performing Arts) Bamboo in Blues[42]
2013 February 4 Los Angeles, CA Spring Festival Celebration Global Times[37]
February 8–10 Stanford, CA Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University Pan-Asian Music Festival; Friday Night's Concert: Masters and Masterpieces Three-day residency at the university culminated in live performance, with several standing ovations and four encores...
  • Stanford Report[58]
  • Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival 2013 (program)[93]
  • Official Press Release[94]
February 17 Raleigh, NC Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts China on String Stars of the National Chinese Traditional Orchestra in a program with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. Program sponsored by Confucius Institute at NC State University and the Carolina China Council.
  • CVNC: An Online Arts Journal[45]
August 26 Beijing, China Concert Hall of the NCPA (National Center for the Performing Arts) Impression of Chinese Music Wang Chaoge, director CITS[73]
October 2 Sanford, NC Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, Central Carolina Community College Chinese Music Exhibition & Seminar Xi Qiang, artistic director
  • US Fed News Service[75]
  • Central Carolina Community College News[95]
November 22 St. Petersburg, Russia Mariinsky Theater, Theatre Square Chinese Tourism Year in Russia China Central Television[96]
2014 January 13 Beijing, China Roar Katy Perry visited.
  • Getmusic Asia[79]
  • China Central Television[80]
February 14 San Francisco, CA Chinese New Year Concert Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco[97]
2015 February 15 Chicago, IL Symphony Center Sounds of China: A Chinese New Year Celebration Presented in collaboration with the Chinese Fine Arts Society (CFAS)
  • Jiuyue Ma, artistic director
  • Chicago Tribune[43]
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association[44]
  • Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce E-News[98]
April 15 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, University of British Columbia China-Canada Year Opening Ceremony China Daily US[14]
May 7 Atlanta, GA The World of Coca-Cola Free concert to launch the Qin-Tai — Chinese Music Program Brought to Atlanta by The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and The State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China. GCIV Exchange Newsletter[99]
November 27 Shanghai, China Shanghai Grand Theater Rediscover Chinese Music An experimental program.
  • Xi Qiang, orchestra president
  • Wang Chaoge, director
  • Jiang Ying, composer
Shanghai Daily[63]
December 11–13 Washington, DC Kennedy Center Opera House Rediscover Chinese Music

The Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School Chorus performed with the orchestra.

  • Jiang Ying, composer and arranger
  • Li Bin, stage design
  • Wang Yugang, lighting design
  • Gan Hua and Zheng Zejian, multimedia design
  • Zuo Huanyu, costume design
  • Shen Tian, sound design
  • Xi Qiang, producer
December 18 New York, NY Lincoln Center China National Traditional Orchestra: Splendor of Folk Music
  • Tang Feng, Erhu (Chinese Fiddle)
  • Wu Yuxia, Pipa (Chinese Lute)
  • Wang Ciheng, Dongxiao (Chinese Bamboo Flute)
  • Wu Lin, Konghou (Chinese Harp)
  • Zhao Cong, Pipa (Chinese Lute)
  • Lincoln Center[3]
  • Broadway World[102]
  • New York Classical Review[61]
December 20 New York, NY Carnegie Hall Impression Guoyue: Traditional Master Works Orchestra was invited by the Princeton International Chinese Music Festival.
  • Jiang Ying, composer and arranger
  • Liu Sha, conductor
  • Tang Feng and Jin Yue, erhu
  • Wang Ciheng, dizi and xiao
  • Wu Yuxia, Zhao Cong, and Yu Yuanchun, pipa
  • Feng Maintain, ruan
  • Niu Jiandang, suona
  • Zhu Jianping and Yu Xin, percussion
  • Chen Shasha and Ding Xiaokui, dizi
  • Zhang Jiali, guanzi
  • Lu Ning, gu qin


  1. ^ The orchestra name is shown in Pinyin, a system for writing Chinese characters with the Latin alphabet to assist with Chinese pronunciation.
  2. ^ The Performance chronology table is not a complete history of performances. This is only the information we have discovered to date.


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  25. ^ Women of China. Peking: Foreign Languages Press (FLP). 2003. p. 52. Different art forms are interlinked with traditional Chinese aesthetics. The grand national symphony concert — Gallery of Chinese Symphonic Music, performed by the Chinese National Orchestra — is no exception. It blends China's symphonic music with traditional Chinese painting. The outcome is unique. The result: the first symphony in China that incorporates sight, sound, time and space. 
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  57. ^ "Chinese National Orchestra Concert". eBeijing, the Official Website of the Beijing Government. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015. Not only does the Orchestra maintain traditional music genre, but attempt to breathe new life into it by creating innovative shows… 
  58. ^ a b Wander, Robin (12 February 2013). "A weekend of sold-out performances at Stanford's Pan-Asian Music Festival". Stanford Report. Stanford University. Retrieved 18 November 2015. At the end of a two-hour orchestral performance, the audience wouldn't let them leave the stage. Finally, after several standing ovations and four encores, the appreciative musicians headed backstage. 
  59. ^ Shengdun, Hua (14 December 2015). "Traditional Chinese music brightens DC". China Daily USA. Washington, DC. Retrieved 17 December 2015. The audience that went to hear traditional Chinese music at the Kennedy Center on 12 December got a lot more than a sample of music spanning 2,000 years. The show was also a feast for the eyes, with novel lighting, striking multimedia sets and musicians delivering heartfelt monologues. 
  60. ^ Walter, Mike (19 December 2015). "Chinese orchestra fuses traditional music with modern elements". CCTV America. Retrieved 20 December 2015. The world renowned China National Traditional Orchestra has a way of building a young audience that appreciates classical music. It is wowing audiences in Washington, D.C. and New York. As CCTV America’s Mike Walter shows, the orchestra’s latest original production is winning over young fans. 
  61. ^ a b Piccoli, Sean (19 December 2015). "Chinese orchestra shows both solo virtuosity and a familiar sense of tradition". New York Classical Review. Retrieved 21 December 2015. Conductor He Jianguo led encores with extended remarks, in Chinese, to an enthusiastic audience between and even during the music. 
  62. ^ a b delarue (24 December 2015). "An Epic, Majestic, Transcendent Carnegie Hall Concert by the China National Traditional Orchestra". Lucid Culture (a New York-based music blog). Retrieved 24 December 2015. The mighty, majestic group performed a riveting, dynamically rich program of both ancient and contemporary music that was as vast and historically rich as China itself, a paradigm-shifting and potentially life-changing experience 
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