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Shostakovich Festive Overture, Op. 96
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves
Monti Csárdás (arr. Ayoub Sisters)
Shostakovich Prelude from Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano (arr. Ayoub Sisters)
Traditional Misirlou / Ah Ya Zein (arr. Ayoub Sisters)
Wagner Ride of the Valkyries (Die Walküre) (arr. Hutschenruyter)
Interval
Sibelius Finlandia, Op. 26
Tchaikovsky Excerpts from Swan Lake: Suite, Op. 20a: I Scène, III Danse des cygnes, II Valse
Arnold Four Scottish Dances, Op. 59
Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture, Op. 49

Junping Qian Conductor
Anne-Marie Minhall Presenter
The Ayoub Sisters  

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Junping Qian

Junping Qian Conductor

Conductor Junping Qian is the Assistant Conductor of the RSNO, a position supported by the Solti Foundation. He also serves as the Resident Artist and Strategic Consultant of Shanghai Conservatory Royal College of Music Joint Institute.

Junping was the First Prize winner of the 2017 Bucharest International Conducting Competition and will be performing with orchestras throughout Eastern Europe between 2018 and 2020. This summer, he was invited to participate in the prestigious Tanglewood Conducting Seminar, Cabrillo Music Festival in Santa Cruz, CA and The Järvi Academy of Pärnu Music Festival in Tallinn, Estonia. In 2017, he was a semi-finalist at the Maestro Solti Conducting Competition as well as the Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors, and prior to that, he was also a prize winner of Li Delun China National Conducting Competition in 2012. After graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2013, he has studied conducting with Mark Gibson at the University of Cincinnati, Michael Jinbo of the Pierre Monteux Conducting School, and was the last private student of legendary pedagogue Otto Werner Mueller. He has been mentored by British conductor Daniel Harding since 2014 and graduated from the Musik Hochschule Hanns Eisler in Berlin under Professors Christian Ehwald, Hans-Dieter Baum and Manuel Nawri.

His first appearance as a conductor was made at the tender age of 10 with his school choir. He later became the Assistant Conductor of the Shanghai Youth Orchestra of the Shanghai Conservatory until he graduated from the Affiliated Middle School in 2009. In 2011, he made an on-screen appearance as the Music Director and Conductor in the Chinese film, The Allure of Tears and has conducted several concerts in China with the Kunming and Qingdao Symphony Orchestras. Junping made his European conducting debut at the Verbier Festival in the summer of 2012, where he met Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit who praised him of “having such a simple and natural technique”. The next summer, he helped establish the Shanghai Festival Symphony Orchestra. In the spring of 2014, he was invited by the Cincinnati Chinese Society to conduct their Lunar New Year Concert and was re-invited to the Curtis Institute to conduce a chamber orchestra concert.

Since moving to Europe in 2015, he, in all situations, has stood at the podium of Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt (Oder), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Neubrandengurger Philharmonie, Berlin Sinfonietta, Shanghai Youth Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Festival Orchestra, Thessaloniki Symphony Orchestra, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Sächsische Bläserphilharmonie and more. In early 2017, he served as the Interim Staff Conductor of The Diplomatic Choir of Berlin.

Recent notable engagements include being the Assistant Conductor of the new opera Marco Polo at the Guangzhou Opera House in April 2018. This new production included a true international creative team and cast, notably composer Enjott Schneider, director Kaspar Holten, tenor Peter Lodahl, Maestro Muhai Tang, and the Macau Orchestra. Junping has taken the Iasi Philharmonic Orchestra on tour for the celebration of 100 years of the formation of Romania Nation and ending of World War One. Junping finished as one of the four winners of the prestigious INTERKATION – Conductors Workshop in Berlin, Germany, and worked with Maestro Simone Young and Das Kritische Orchester, an ensemble consisting of members from leading German orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Staatskapelle Berlin, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhauserorchester Leipzig, and Munchner Philharmoniker.

Junping is also an accomplished violist, having won many prizes and scholarships including Second Place at the 2006 Johansen International Competition Washington D.C., and First Place at both the China National Viola Competition in 2007 and the Morningside Music Bridge Chamber Music Competition in 2008. In the summer of 2016, he left his tutti position in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, a position he won in 2014, to pursue conducting full-time.

Anne-Marie  Minhall

Anne-Marie Minhall Presenter

Anne-Marie Minhall is a radio presenter who works for Classic FM, which is the UK's No1 classical music station. She presents the weekday afternoon show from 1pm-5pm. Her broadcasting career started at Trent FM, in Nottingham, in 1984, originally as a newsreader but eventually working on a broad range of projects. She took the late-night show on the opening night of GEM-AM (Great East Midlands-AM, or Classic Gold GEM). She moved to Independent Radio News, in 1994, and joined Classic FM in 1996 as a regular newsreader and as the main presenter of the weekly arts and culture show, The Guest List, for just over three years.

 The Ayoub Sisters

The Ayoub Sisters  

Since making their Royal Albert Hall debut in 2016, Scottish – Egyptian sisters Sarah and Laura Ayoub have had a meteoric start to their career.

Discovered by Mark Ronson and now signed to Decca Records in partnership with Classic FM; the multi-instrumentalist sisters recorded their debut album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the world-renowned Abbey Road Studios. Their album debuted at No.1 in the Official Classical Artist Albums Chart.

The duo have performed across the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia with highlights including appearances at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, London Palladium, The Embassy of Egypt, The Cairo Opera House, touring with choirmaster Gareth Malone and a record-breaking debut in China of 13 performances in 4 days.

The multi-award winning sisters made their live television debut, performing their own arrangement of George Michael's 'Mother's Pride' at the BAFTAs. That single, along with each single the sisters have ever released reached the top of the iTunes chart within minutes.

Classic Brit and Global Award nominees, Infinitime Music and Young Scot Award winners, The Ayoub Sisters are fast becoming the sound and faces of a truly exciting new generation of classical and crossover artists.

Laura is playing on a 1810 J.Gagliano violin which is kindly loaned to her by Florian Leonhard.