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TSO welcomes an old friend as director

By Jewell Hsu
Taipei City Government announced that Ho Kang Kuo (何康國) would be the new director of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra (TSO), effective February 1, 2018. The inauguration ceremony was hosted by Chung Yung Feng (鍾永豐), Commissioner of the City Government’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Chung praised Ho for his professionalism in the music field, saying, “TSO celebrates its 50th anniversary next year, and Ho is the ideal person to carry on its outstanding performance.”
Ho was deputy director of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra from 1998 to 2003, director of the National Symphony Orchestra from 2003 to 2005, and TSO director from 2005 to 2008.
Ho holds a doctorate in Musical Arts from the City University of New York (1998) and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from National Taiwan University. He has published academic monographs focusing mainly on orchestra management.
Ho’s first contact with the TSO dates back to the days when he studied clarinet under Professor Fu Chien-Hua, a TSO member. In his first year at university, Ho played second clarinet during the TSO’s debut performance of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” In his fourth year (1987–1988), Ho played principal clarinet for the TSO’s Affiliated Youth Orchestra.
“Music is the bedrock of the performing arts,” said Ho, “and I pledge to improve the Taipei Symphony Orchestra and make it the musical best friend of the people of Taipei.”