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 and current General Directors, previous Music Directors Wang Cheng-Ping and 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.
“Let You Hear The World”, TCO not only focuses on the Chinese music, but also collaborates with various virtuosi, introducing wilder range of music from all over the world and the new form of Chinese music to Taiwan. It also extensively explores crossover performances to bring novel experiences to auditoriums and to innovate for a sustainable development of Chinese music.
TCO annually touches the lives of close to 100,000 music lovers with over 100 various productions, including the Taipei Traditional Arts Festival from March to June. TCO also shoulders the responsibility of art education. Each year, it presents more than 30 “Art is Profound” educational concerts for sixth-graders across Taipei City and 30 “Bringing Arts to the Alleys” community concerts, as well as extensive domestic and campus tours.
TCO’s international cultural endeavors have staged performances in many important concert halls in over 20 nations in Asia, Europe and the America. Arranged by renowned agency Opus 3 Artists in February 2011, TCO made its US tour and became the first Chinese orchestra on the rosters of international art agencies.
With more than 50 records and publications, TCO has been repeatedly nominated and awarded with the Golden Melody Awards (GMA) and its achievement has attracted international attentions. Since 2008, it has been
invited by the Swedish BIS Records to produce 6 albums for international distribution. The first album, Whirling Dance , won the Best Traditional Music Album Award at the 21st GMA for Traditional Arts and Music in 2010, and following records were all nominated, including the recent 26th GMA Best Crossover Music Album Award nomination of the 2015 album Memories Lost with pianist Chen Sa. Also released the album with violinist Lu Siqing, The Butterfly Lovers , and the latest album of Holy Pilgrimage.
Over the past 37 years, TCO’s persistent endeavors and development have been committed to presenting exquisite traditional Chinese music, demonstrating the vitality of Chinese music in Taiwan, and pioneering a new era of Chinese music. With its continued tradition of artistic excellence and collaborations with outstanding artists of Chinese music in Taiwan, TCO will unwaveringly promote exceptional Chinese music to the world.