National Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan)
The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO; 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.
|National Symphony Orchestra|
|Location||Zhongzheng, Taipei, Taiwan|
|Concert hall||National Concert Hall|
|Music director||Lu Shao-chia|
Subscription Concert SeriesEdit
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.
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 SeriesEdit
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.
- 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.
- 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 (14-14-11-9-8)
- Woodwinds (4-4-4-4)
- Brass (6-4-3-0)
- Timpani & Percussion (5)
- Harp (1)
NSO has published the following recordings under their own label of "NSO Live":
- Chien Wen-pin & NSO Live: Mahler Symphony No. 4 & Shostakovich Symphony No. 8 (2008)
- Lü Shao-chia & NSO Live: Shostakovich Symphony No. 4 & Ein Heldenleben (2009)
- Günther Herbig & NSO Live: Mahler Symphony No. 6 (2009)
- Bruckner Symphony No. 9 Live with Günther Herbig (2010)
- Mahler Symphony No. 9 Live with Günther Herbig (2010)
- Executive Director
Joyce Chiou (Chinese: 邱瑗)
- Planning & Production
- Marketing & Development
- Chairman of the Board of Directors, National Performing Arts Center
JU Tzong-ching (Chinese: 朱宗慶)
- Executive and Artistic Director, National Theater and Concert Hall
LEE Huey-mei (Chinese: 李惠美)