Chinese touch to familiar forms

Chinese pipa player Wu Man and French cellist Gautier Capucon are touring with the NCPA Orchestra in North America. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The National Center for the Performing Arts Orchestra is on a six-city tour in North America, including Chicago, New York and Philadelphia, until Nov 7.

The tour will see the orchestra make its debut performance at the Carnegie Hall on Monday.

Under the baton of Lyu Jia, the chief conductor of the orchestra, the tour features violinist Ning Feng and French cellist Gautier Capucon.

Chinese pianist Zhang Haochen, 27, a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and a Gold Medal and First Prize winner at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, has stepped in for Lang Lang, who is recovering from an inflammation in his left arm.

Also performing on the tour is Grammy Award-nominated pipa player Wu Man.

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