is the Chief Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and the principal guest conductor of the Symphoniker Hamburg. As artistic director of the Shanghai Philharmonic and the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, he has worked to strengthen their reputation and develop the Chinese repertoire. At the same time, he is also honorary conductor of the China National Symphony Orchestra. From 1991 to 1995, he was principal conductor of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra (deFilharmonie).
Tang’s career took off when Herbert von Karajian invited him to conduct the Berliner Philharmoniker in a series of concerts in 1983. Their success led to him to conduct orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
He recently completed his tenure at the head of the Zürcher Kammerorchester. Previously, he had been principal conductor of the China National Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Orchestra in Australia, and the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon. He has also been Artistic Director of the Finnish National Opera, with which he conducted works such as The Rite of Spring
and Swan Lake
, both of which received critical acclaim.
Above all, Tang is concerned with creating new horizons for classical music and helping new and lesser-known orchestras to develop their reputations and their artistic abilities. For this reason, he remains in close contact with the orchestras of Beijing and Shanghai. He works voluntarily as a mentor to young musicians, particularly with the Shanghai Conservatory Orchestra and at the Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin. Since 2007, Muhai Tang has been a teacher and head of the department of conducting at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.