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
(Taiwan Philharmonic)
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LocationZhongzheng, Taipei, Taiwan
Concert hallNational Concert Hall
Music directorLu 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.

Opera SeriesEdit

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.

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 DirectionEdit

  • 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":

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


Executive Director

Joyce Chiou (Chinese: 邱瑗)

  • Planning & Production
  • Marketing & Development
  • Administration
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)

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