Zurich Youth Symphony Orchestra on tour in Taiwan
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Switzerland's award-winning Zurich Youth Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Massimiliano Matesic, is currently on an island-wide tour around Taiwan with renowned pianist Giselle Hsin (辛幸純).
October 8, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The orchestra will be performing at Taichung's Chung Shan Hall (台中市中山堂) on Oct. 8, Tainan Municipal Cultural Center (台南文化中心) on Oct. 9, Taipei's National Concert Hall (國家音樂廳) on Oct. 10, Yilan's Performance Hall (宜蘭文化局演藝廳) on Oct. 12 and Taoyuan's Jungli Arts Hall (中壢藝術館) on Oct. 13.
Its program will include Witold Lutoslawski's Mala Suita, Maurice Ravel's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G Major and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67.
The Zurich Youth Symphony Orchestra, founded by Howard Griffiths in 1987, is regarded as one of the best of its kind in Europe, having taken first place in the 2006 and 2009 Murten Classics Festival.
Members of the orchestra are between the ages of 14 and 24. Most members are not formally trained as musicians at school but are nonetheless recognized for their outstanding talent.
Since 1997, the orchestra has traveled extensively across the globe, performing in countries such as the U.S., France, the UK, Germany, Greece, Canada, Italy, South Korea and Japan.
Giselle Hsin is an award-winning pianist from Taiwan. In 1987, she was awarded the Chappell Gold Medal. Several years later, the pianist obtained her doctorate in performance at Stony Brook University, afterward returning to Taiwan to teach. Hsin is currently a professor at National Chia Tung University's Institute of Music.
Event organizer NewArt Inc. has selected several outstanding young musicians from Taiwan to perform with the Swiss orchestra, in order to promote cultural exchange.