The National Symphony Orchestra (國家交響樂團) which is currently on a five-nation tour of Europe, will hold an evening concert at Konzerthaus Berlin on March 26.
NSO, better known as Taiwan Philharmonic when it performs overseas, is one of the oldest orchestras in Asia. Based at the National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipei, the 30-year-old symphony ensemble is currently under the directorship of Lu Shao-chia (呂紹嘉).
NSO averages around 100 members and works with globally acclaimed musicians of the likes of Lorin Maazel, former conductor of Vienna State Opera; Rudolf Barshai, founder of Moscow Chamber Orchestra and viola virtuoso; and Krzysztof Penderecki, who is touted "Poland's greatest living composer” by The Guardian.
For its upcoming performance at Konzerthaus Berlin, the NSO will bring several familiar masterpieces of the 20th century, including those by Soviet-era composers Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev ("Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 63, G minor”) and Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich ("Symphony No. 5, Op. 47, D minor”).
The evening will also feature works by Yunlin-born Taiwanese composer Gordon Chin (金希文). His "Upsurge - 3rd Movement, Symphony No. 3,” a homage to Taiwan and its stormy history, was partially inspired by the Third Taiwan Strait Missile Crisis of 1996.
Accompanying the NSO in Europe are none other than the 28-year-old Ray Chen (陳銳) and his 1715 'Joachim' Stradivarius. The Taiwanese-Australian violinist had previously performed at the opening concert of the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan and the 2012 Nobel Prize Concert alongside the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
The NSO will also be joined by different musicians for its "From Formosa - Taiwan Philharmonic 2017 Europe Tour,” including pianist Alexandre Tharaud for the Lyon concert.
‘From Formosa - Taiwan Philharmonic 2017 Europe Tour'