Taiwan Philharmonic's First Successful Mainland China Tour

From November 2nd to 6th, known as the best orchestra in Taipei, Taiwan Philharmonic has successfully toured in Mainland China for the first time...

Giving a concert at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center on November 2nd

From November 2nd to 6th, known as the best orchestra in Taipei, Taiwan Philharmonic has successfully toured in Mainland China for the first time, giving three excellent concerts for music fans in Shanghai, Wuxi and Beijing. Under the baton of renowned conductor Shao-Chia Lü, also the Music Director of the orchestra; and with famous violinist Joseph Lin, the tour of the Taiwan Philharmonic was a great success. The orchestra left a very good impression on the audience in Mainland China who was particularly thrilled by their excellent performance and professionalism.

From left to right: Artistic Director of Taiwan Philharmonic Shao-Chia Lü, violin soloist Joseph Lin,
Artistic Director Pi-Twan Huang of Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center,
Executive Director of Taiwan Philharmonic Joyce Chiou,  General Manager of Wu Promotion Jiatong Wu

This is the first time that Taiwan Philharmonic has toured in Mainland China. Maestro Shao-Chia Lü chose the following works for this tour: Romeo and Juliet overture-fantasy by Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto, op.82, A minor by Glazunov, Symphony No.9 "From the New World" by Dvorak etc. During his interview with the media, he said that one of the reasons he had chosen the works of these well known composers is that it would give the mainland audience, who is familiar with these pieces, an opportunity to experience the character of their orchestra. His choice for these Eastern European composers is remarkable as Shao-Chia Lü, is known for conducting mainstream Austro-Germanic classical works. However, as Shao-Chia Lü explains himself: "Although these works don't belong to the Austro-Germanic mainstream, they are influenced by Austro-Germanic composers; but they have their own unique style. Taking the Eastern European composers and how they created their own music inspired by the Austro-Germanic composition as an example, Asian orchestras can interpret classical music in their own way.

On November 6th, Taiwan Philharmonic performs at the National Center for the Performing Arts

Under the baton of Shao-Chia Lü, Taiwan Philharmonic successfully interpreted these classical pieces; their velvety timbre was praised by lots of music enthusiasts. Joseph Lin whom got many accolades, toured with Taiwan Philharmonic in Mainland China for the first time. His excellent performance and outstanding skills impressed the audience. After his technical performance of Glazunov's Violin Concerto, op.82, A minor, he also performed a piece of Taiwanese Opera. Before he started to play he spoke the words "the beauty and sorrow of Taiwanese Opera moves me". The audience applauded sincerely for his performance.