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The Orchestra’s History

The Orchestra’s Introduction


The Taipei Chinese Orchestra is a joyful discovery, evoking delicate playfulness, high drama, or the tranquility of a misty Chinese valley with equal atmosphere.


The Taipei Chinese Orchestra articulate with balletic grace, that extraordinarily delicate string tone projecting with determined swank.

Philip Clark, GRAMOPHONE

Taipei Chinese Orchestra (TCO), founded in 1979, is the first professional Chinese orchestra in Taiwan. Chen Tun-Chu, Chen Tscheng-Hsiung, Wang Cheng-Ping, and Chung Yiu-Kwong had served as the General Director, a position currently held by Cheng Li-Pin. The leadership of previous General Directors, previous Music Director Shao En and current Principal Conductor Qu Chunquan has cultivated performance artistry in the members and has made TCO internationally renowned, with innovative and adventurous programming that broadens the definition of traditional Chinese music and to establish its unique style and artistic excellence.

The 2013/2014 season featured “Let You Hear The World”, that TCO not only focused on the Chinese music, but also collaborated with various virtuosi, bringing wilder range of music from all over the world, which would be the new form of Chinese music in Taiwan. Orchestration reform was also applied in this year: Dahu, Shikongdi, Gaoruan and Soprano Pipa were included into the regular instrumentation to enrich the middle and bass tones.

TCO annually touches the lives of close to 100,000 music lovers with over 50 various concerts, including the Taipei Traditional Arts Festival from March to June. 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’s international cultural endeavors have staged performances in many important concert halls 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.

The TCO’s outstanding performance in recent years has attracted international attentions, and it has worked with the Swedish BIS Records to produce 6 albums for international distribution. The Ecstatic Drumbeat with Evelyn Glennie, distributed internationally in June 2012, was highly praised by international critics and received the “Best Composer Award” at Taiwan’s 24th Golden Melody Awards in 2013. In the 2013/14 season BIS Records produced the album of TCO and violinist Lu Siqing, The Butterfly Lovers, distributed worldwide in May 2015.

Over the past 36 years, the TCO has steadily evolved into a world-renowned organization that has been committed to presenting and developing traditional Chinese music at its highest level and pioneering of a new era of Chinese music. In the years to come, the TCO will continue its tradition of excellence in the unwavering worldwide propagation of outstanding Chinese music and the fostering of artistic development of promising Chinese music musicians.


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