National Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan)

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National Symphony Orchestra
(Taiwan Philharmonic)
Orchestra
Founded 1986
Location Zhongzheng, Taipei, Taiwan
Concert hall National Concert Hall
Principal conductor Lu Shao-chia
Website www.nso.ntch.edu.tw

The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO; simplified Chinese: 国家交响乐团; traditional Chinese: 國家交響樂團; pinyin: Guójiā Jiāoxiǎng Yuètuán), also known as Taiwan Philharmonic (simplified Chinese: 台湾爱乐; traditional Chinese: 台灣愛樂) outside Taiwan, is one of the leading orchestras in Asia. Since 1987, the orchestra has its residence in the National Theater and Concert Hall (Taiwan) in Taipei, Taiwan.

Activities[edit]

Subscription Concert Series[edit]

In the year of 2002, NSO held a series of five concerts that featured all nine symphonies and five piano concertos by Ludwig van Beethoven. The concerts, called a discovery cycle (Chinese: NSO發現系列), became NSO's regular Subscription Concert Series later since the 2004/2005 season. In each season, there are ten concerts consisting of at least one orchestral work of a composer.

From September 2004 to June 2008, four Subscription Concert Series have been presented.

2007/2008 - Tchaikovsky
2006/2007 - Richard Strauss
2005/2006 - Shostakovich
2004/2005 - Mahler
( 2002/2003 - Beethoven)

In the 2008/2009 season, a newly created MyNSO series (Chinese: NSO青春套票) took place of the Subscription Concert Series.

Opera Series[edit]

Already in November 1994, NSO performed opera in National Concert Hall, Der fliegende Holländer was led by Prof. TSENG Dao-hsiung (Chinese: 曾道雄), in December 2000, Jahja Ling performed Hänsel und Gretel. Under Chien Wen-pin's directorship, he first tried a semi-stage performance of the Third Act of Die Walküre in May 2002, this experience became NSO's regular NSO Opera Series (Chinese: NSO歌劇系列) from the 2002/2003 season. In each season, there are two opera directed by cross-over artist in Taiwan, the cast consisted mainly local singers.

From December 2002 to December 2007, fourteen operas have been produced, many of them were Taiwan's premier*.

2007/2008 - Die Fledermaus
2006/2007 - *Der Ring des Nibelungen (complete), Die lustige Witwe
2005/2006 - Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro
2004/2005 - *Norma, *Falstaff
2003/2004 - *La damnation de Faust, Don Giovanni
2002/2003 - Tosca, *Tristan und Isolde

Fairy Tale Forever Series[edit]

From April 2002 to April 2008, NSO has been collaborated with four different performing groups and organizations for bringing musical experiences (Chinese: NSO永遠的童話系列) to the young audiences.

2007/2008 - Peer Gynt
2006/2007 - Le Carnaval des Animaux
2005/2006 - Firebird
2004/2005 - Secret in the Woods
2003/2004 - Pied Piper Fantasy
2002/2003 - Peter and the Wolf

Artistic Direction[edit]

  • Gerard Akoka, artistic advisor and principal conductor 1986-1990
  • Urs Schneider, artistic advisor and principal conductor 1991-1992
  • Hsu Chang-huei (Chinese: 許常惠), music director (commissioner) 1994
  • Chang Da-sheng (Chinese: 張大勝), music director 1995-1997
  • Jahja Ling (Chinese: 林望傑), music director 1998-2001
  • Chien Wen-pin (Chinese: 簡文彬), music director 2001-2007
  • Günther Herbig, artistic advisor and principal guest conductor 2008-2010
  • Lu Shao-chia (Chinese: 呂紹嘉), music director 2010-

The nomination of maestro Lu Shao-chia as NSO's 5th music director has been announced in June 2009, he has signed a five years contract.

Musicians[edit]

Concertmasters 
Wu Ting-yu (Chinese: 吳庭毓), Li I-ching (Chinese: 李宜錦)
Associate concertmaster 
Teng Hao-tun (Chinese: 鄧皓敦)
Assistant Conductor 
Chang Yin-fang (Chinese: 張尹芳)
  • Strings (11-14-11-9-7)
  • Woodwinds (4-4-4-4)
  • Brass (5-4-4-1)
  • Timpani & Percussion (5)
  • Harp (1)
  • Piano (1)

Recordings[edit]

NSO has published the following recordings under their own label of "NSO Live":

Projects with conductor Lim Kek-tjiang and Rudolf Barshai are also scheduled.[1]

Staffs[edit]

Executive Director

Joyce Chiou (Chinese: 邱瑗)

  • Artistic Planning division
  • Production & Administration division
Chairperson of the Board of Directors, National Chiang Kai Shek Cultural Center

TCHEN Yu-chiou (Chinese: 陳郁秀)

Artistic Director, National Chiang Kai Shek Cultural Center

LIU Chung-shu (Chinese: 劉瓊淑)

Deputy Director, National Chiang Kai Shek Cultural Center

HSIEH Tsui-yu (Chinese: 謝翠玉)

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