Muhai Tang

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Muhai Tang (simplified Chinese: 汤沐海; traditional Chinese: 湯沐海; pinyin: Tāng Mùhǎi; born 1949 in Shanghai) is a Chinese conductor. He is the youngest son of celebrated Chinese film director Tang Xiaodan and brother of painter and poet Tang Muli.

Tang initially learned music with his parents, and later studied composition and conducting at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, receiving his diploma in both. He furthered his studies in conducting with Hermann Michael at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany.

His international career started when Herbert von Karajan invited him to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra during the 1983-1984 season. This invitation was later renewed. He was the chief conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon from 1988 until 2001. From 1991 to 1995, he was chief conductor of DePhilharmonie (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders). He made his US debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in 1988.

Tang was chief conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO), the last chief conductor prior to the orchestra's renaming as the Queensland Orchestra. In November 2005, he became the orchestra's conductor laureate.[1]

From 2003 to 2006, Tang served as Chief Conductor of the Finnish National Opera.[2] From 2006 to 2011, Tang was artistic director and principal conductor of the Zürcher Kammerorchester (Zurich Chamber Orchestra), and became principal guest conductor in 2011. From 2010 until 2015, he was chief conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra.

As conductor, he was awarded the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition for Christopher Rouse's Concert de Gaudí.


  1. ^ The orchestra has since reverted to the name of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, effective 2010.
  2. ^ Vesa Sirén (28 May 2002). "Muhai Tang the unanimous choice at National Opera". Helsingin Sanomat. Archived from the original on 27 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Claudio Scimone
Principal Conductor, Gulbenkian Orchestra
Succeeded by
Lawrence Foster
Preceded by
Günther Neuhold
Chief Conductor, DeFilharmonie
Succeeded by
Grant Llewellyn
Preceded by
Okko Kamu
Chief Conductor, Finnish National Opera
Succeeded by
Mikko Franck
Preceded by
Howard Griffiths
Artistic Director, Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Succeeded by
Roger Norrington
Preceded by
Dorian Wilson
Chief Conductor, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra
Succeeded by
Gabriel Feltz