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Mercuria Marks 8th Year Sponsoring Beijing International Music Festival

10th October 2014

BEIJING, 10 OCTOBER 2014 – Mercuria, the global energy and commodities group, today marked its 8th year sponsoring the Beijing Music Festival (BMF) at its opening on 10 October. Mercuria, founded 10 years ago, is marking its anniversary in China by celebrating its heritage in the nation with clients and staff at the festival.

This year’s BMF focuses on late German composer Richard StraussThe BMF was inaugurated this October by Chinese cellist Jian Wang and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestrawhich is participating in the festival for the first time. The 120-year-old world-renowned orchestra is from Richard Strauss’ hometown.

Almost since the inception of Mercuria, the company has sponsored the month-long event, one of the most prominent music festivals in China. The BMF focuses on music education and accessibility to the public. Each festival features free concerts for young people and children. The festival holds Master Classes each year in the Central Conservatory. More than 6,000 people have had instruction from well-known Chinese and foreign artists such as Issac Stern, Fou Ts’ong, Mo Hualun, Melvyn Tan, Lo King-man, Liao Naixiong, and the Kodaly Quartet.

“Our sponsorship of the Beijing Music Festival as a charitable endeavor models our business philosophy of investing in Chinese human resources, talent and training and combing that with our knowledge of the world,” said Han Jin, president of Mercuria Asia.  “Just like our offices in Beijing and Shanghai, and infrastructure throughout China, the BMF is developed with Chinese ingenuity and know-how and accompanied by some of the best worldwide talents.”

Since the company began sponsoring the month-long event, artists participating have included the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra playing the songs of John Lennon, violin master Pinchas Zuckerman with the China Philharmonic Orchestra, an opera gala by Deutsche Opera Berlin, and cellists Mischa Maisky and Lily Maisky’s Russian Romances.

The Beijing Music Festival will conclude on 31 October with the Closing Gala Concert given by Orchestra de Paris and Paavo Järvi.

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