On January, 2009, Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra was approved to establish by Zhejiang Provincial government, and it is a provincial institution belongs to the cultural category under social welfare.
Formerly known as the Zhejiang folk orchestra of Song and Dance Troupe (later it changed its name into Symphony Orchestra of Zhejiang Song and Dance Troupe), the Orchestra was founded in 1958. During 50 years, several generations of musicians make tireless efforts to build this single-wind orchestra of about 30 persons to a double-wind orchestra of more than 60 performers, meanwhile, the professional quality and art ability of the orchestra also has been greatly improved.
The Symphony Orchestra once cooperated with many first level conductors in China such as Tang Muhai, Chen Xieyang, Zheng Xiaoying, Zhang Guoyong,Yu Feng,Huang Yijun, Huang Xiaotong, Fan Chengwu, Shuilan, Lin Yousheng…Further more, the orchestra also has cooperation successfully with famous conductors in Japan, America, Canada, Italy, Australia and langLang, Kong Xiangdong, Qian Zhou, Qin Liwei, Xue Wei and so on. Zhejiang province has a long history and a brilliant culture. On HeMudu Site in Yuyao City, some multi-whole flutes which have a history of more than 7,000 years were unearthed. On 1138 A.D., the Nan- Song Dynasty imperial government founded the capital in Hangzhou in consider of avoiding chaos caused by war. Because of this, many regions’ art cream melted to converge together in Hangzhou. And in that period of time, it not only forms an ever flourishing art development in the history of China, but also leaves precious inheritance for Zhejiang today’s folk music. In recent years, in the same time of performing the classic symphony works of the world, the orchestra tries to absorb nutrient from Zhejiang’s folk music. It creates and performances a number of symphony works with rich regional features such as “The Primitive Hunting Picture”, “A Dream of Boudoir”, “Flying Partridge” etc., and these music pieces win audience’s great appreciation and warm welcome. The orchestra had tours mainly with Chinese music features in Korea, France, Switzerland and Germany, and the performances were called the most oriental, most beautiful and most charming concerts by foreign audience. The Independent Symphony Orchestra has an establishment of 105 persons, and it mainly undertakes creation, performance, education, and promotion. As a cultural Logo of Zhejiang province, Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra is not only oriented to perform western symphony classic works accurately, but also tries to perform the localization of symphony. Through the creation and accumulation of Chinese music pieces and Zhejiang local music, it will form a distinct regional and culture label of the orchestra.