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The Orchestra’s History

The Orchestra’s History


  Taipei Chinese Orchestra (TCO), the first professional Chinese orchestra in Taiwan, has long established a high reputation for its versatility and artistic excellence since its founding in 1979.

  TCO annually touches the lives of close to 100,000 music lovers. Besides presenting over 50 regular concerts every year, TCO also shoulders the responsibility of art education. Each year, through the Art is Profound education program, TCO presents more than 30 concerts for sixth-graders across Taipei City in addition to more than 24 community concerts in a series entitled Bringing Arts to the Alleys. TCO also plays the role of “cultural ambassador” for Taipei and has performed in over 20 nations in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Represented by renowned management company Opus 3 Artists, in February 2011, TCO made its US tour and became the first_non-Western orchestra in the Opus 3 Artists roster.

  Since renowned composer Yiu-Kwong Chung’s appointment as General Director in 2007, TCO has experienced an era of unprecedented artistic growth, with a reputation for innovative and adventurous programming that has served to broaden the definition of traditional Chinese music. A distinguished roster of international guest artists TCO has collaborated with includes traditional Chinese music masters Huifen Min, Pak-Yung Siu, Wu Man, in addition to world-renowned artists such as Evelyn Glennie, Claude Delangle, Christian Lindberg, Sharon Bezaly, Mischa Maisky, Julian Lloyd Webber, Anssi Karttunen, and Kronos Quartet, to name only a few.

  The TCO’s outstanding performance in recent years has attracted international recognition. In April 2009, the Swedish BIS Records commenced worldwide distribution of CD Whirling Dance featuring flutist Sharon Bezaly which garnered the “Jury Award” and the “Best Traditional Music Album Award” at Taiwan 21st Golden Melody Awards in 2010. The second album which cooperated with Claude Delangle Harmonious Breath was released in May 2011; the third one with Christian Lindberg Trombone Fantasy in December 2011, and the fourth one with Evelyn Glennie Ecstatic Drumbeat in June 2012, were always by BIS Records.

  Over the past thirty years, the TCO has steadily evolved into a world-renowned organization that is committed to presenting and developing traditional Chinese music at its highest level. In the years to come, the TCO hopes to continue its tradition of excellence in fostering the worldwide propagation of outstanding Chinese music and artistic development of promising traditional Chinese music musicians through the offering of outstanding music and high-quality education programs.

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