Launch of Two Taipei National Orchestra (TCO) Concerts
At the end of 2017, the Taipei National Orchestra (TCO) has launched two heavyweight concerts to reward music fans for their long-term support. Apart from inviting two young rising music talents CHANG Yu-An and WU Chia-Chen to perform, these two concerts also feature the return of internationally renowned violinist LIN Cho-Liang so that Taiwanese fans can partake in the pride and glory of their overseas achievement.
TCO Selection Series: Traveler III–The Glory
Travelers always know their way home.Thirty-one-year-old Taiwanese conductor CHANG Yu-An won his first international top prize in the 7th International Conducting Competition in Bucharest, Romania. He sees this as a milestone in his conducting career. As a traditional Chinese musician who only began studying music in high school, CHANG's ascension as a star conductor in Western music is a true inspiration.CHANG Yu-An began studying di in high school. With his talent, he was accepted into the traditional Chinese music program at the Department of Music, National Taiwan Normal University. During university, his conducting instructor HSU Ching-Hsin realized his potential and helped him advance rapidly. After graduating from university, he began his studies abroad and is now studying orchestral conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.To help cultivate and encourage new talents, TCO has invited him to conduct a concert in his familiar field of traditional Chinese music, collaborating with award-winning bomboo flute player WU Chia-Chen in TANG Jianping's di concerto, Feige. Other featured pieces include ZHAO Jiping's Festival Overture and PENG Xiuwen's The Fantasia - The Chin Dynasty Terra Cotta Soldiers. All of which are magnificent pairings of classic works and talented musicians.TCO WUXIA Hero Series: The Romance of the Condor Heroes—LIN Cho-Liang & TCOWhat are perfect pairings? The Condor Heroes and the Butterfly Lovers, of course!For the first time, TCO collaborates with the best-known Taiwanese violinist worldwide, LIN Cho-Liang, to present the violin concerto The Butterfly Lovers, composed by CHEN Gang and HO Zhanhao. Since its creation, the piece has become the best-known concertos in traditional Chinese music and has continued to be performed and recorded.Adapting from Chinese opera, the composers demonstrated their musical prowess in faithfully translating the pentatonic scale and vocal production from traditional Chiense music to violin.Forty years ago, then a violinist, composer Fu Tong WONG read a copy of JIN Yong's The Romance of the Condor Heroes. He was transfixed by the novel and decided to recreate its characters, stories, and emotions with orchestra. After decades of revision, he completed the 60-minute, 8-movement epic symphony that fuses traditional Chinese and classical Western styles and has won approval from the book’s author. This is a must-go concert for wuxia fans!
The Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs