BEIJING, October 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —
Energy and Commodities Group Celebrates Chinese Legacy with Global Talent
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 Strauss. The BMF was inaugurated this October by Chinese cellist Jian Wang and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, which 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.
For more information, visit http://www.bmf.org.cn/
Mercuria is a leading energy and commodity group. With a 2013 turnover of USD 112 billion, the Group, primarily focused on energy, is present all along the commodity value chain with activities forming a balanced combination of commodity flows and strategic assets. More than 1,000 people are operating from offices worldwide to sustain the Group’s extensive business reach with their market knowledge, diversity, and experience. Mercuria’s expertise covers all segments of the energy market, including associated environmental products, and extends to iron ore, dry-bulk freight, base metals and petrochemicals. The Group also invests in upstream oil, gas and coal mining assets around the world. These investments underpin the company’s growing presence in the global market. The Group maintains sound infrastructure capabilities, including oil petroleum products storage terminals and production assets.