汤沐海是活跃于国际乐坛的最 杰出的中国指挥家之一。现任中 国国家交响乐团荣誉指挥、天津 歌剧院艺术总监兼首席指挥、上 海爱乐乐团及浙江交响乐团艺术 总监、贝尔格莱德爱乐乐团首席 指挥及汉堡交响乐团的首席客座 指挥。
As one of the most Chinese conductors with an established international reputation, Maestro Muhai Tang is currently Laureate Conductor of China National Symphony Orchestra(CNSO),Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Tianjin Grand Opera Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and Zhejiang Symphony Orchestras, Chief Conductor of Belgrade Philharmonic orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.
Muhai Tang's international recognition began when Herbert von Karajan invited him to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in its 1983 subscription series. This success led to many appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and invitations from many of the world's leading orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Sydney Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestras amongst many others. Since then he has appeared as guest conductor on four continents and at music festivals in Prague, Berlin, Edinburgh, Verona, Bergen and Beijing. He has worked with numerous great artists such as David Oistrakh, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yehudi Menuhin, Itzhak Perlman, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Martha Argerich and Anne-Sophie Mutter to name just a few.
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, most recently with a highly acclaimed new production of Rossini’s opera Le Comte Ory in Zurich. He previously held the position of Chief Conductor of the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki where he conducted highly successful new productions of Die Frau Ohne Schatten, Turandot, Der Rosenkavalier and Pique Dame, and also 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 composers of today. He recently concluded his tenure as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and continues 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.
Previously he has also held Principal Conductor positions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, China National Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Orchestra in Australia and the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon. He was Principal Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra for 12 years, from 1987 to 2000, enhancing the orchestra's reputation with international tours and recordings. In Queensland he was noted for his impressive cycles of the works of Mahler and Bruckner.
He maintains close links with China, returning regularly to conduct in Beijing and Shanghai. Muhai Tang was Conducting Professor and Head of the Conducting Department at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and has worked for Shanghai Concert Hall as Artistic Director. He also organized China Youth Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Youth Symphony Orchestra to visit Europe many times.
Among Muhai Tang's many recordings, the Guitar Concertos by Tan Dun and Christopher Rouse with Sharon Isbin and the Gulbenkian Orchestra won the 44th Grammy award.