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Taipei Symphony Orchestra

About the TSO

TAIPEI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
TAIPEI SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

"The clarity, agility, and expressiveness of the TSO are awe–inspiring, an orchestra destined to take its place as one of the world's top symphony orchestras." -Saarbrücker Zeitung

"Really enjoyed working with the TSO. They responded well in rehearsals. When the orchestra listens to each other, they sound great." - Jason Lai

"You are outstanding musicians with an inspiring enthusiasm who play on a technical level of doubtlessly international standard. I really loved working with you and especially enjoyed the warm personal contact with you and Maestro Varga. For me it was like playing with friends and I hope to come back soon."- Sabine Meyer


In 1969, when 30-odd musicians got together in a concert hall in Taipei, which at the time could still be called a relatively desolate music scene, they infused the city with countless notes of splendor. Now, more than 40 years later, that small group of musicians has grown up, becoming the 100-plus members of a large-scale orchestra – adding a brilliant chapter to the history of music performance in Taiwan, and becoming the only Western orchestra that truly belongs to the friendliest city in the world – the Taipei Symphony Orchestra (TSO).

From the ensemble’s inception, the TSO has been known for its high musical standards, and has invited innumerable renowned musicians to perform and collaborate with them, including sopranos Anna Netrebko and Angela Gheorghiu, violinist Pinchas Zukerman and Maxim Vengerov, cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Mstislav Rostropovich, conductor Yuri Temirkanov, clarinetist Sabine Meyer, trombonist Christian Lindberg and composer Tan Dun. In 1979, when the first Taipei Music Festival was held, it set the precedent for large-scale music festivals in Taiwan, and aside from inviting renowned international orchestras, such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic, and the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the TSO also established its long tradition of performing an opera every year, including such classic works as Pagliacci, La Dame aux Camelias, Faust, Carmen, Turandot, and La Boheme. In October of 2011, the TSO's production of Verdi's Aida was the first time a full opera was ever performed at the Taipei Arena. In recent years, the TSO performed La Clemenza di Tito in its entirety for the first time ever in Taiwan, as well as the Taiwan debuts of Ariadne auf Naxos, Eugene Onegin, Die Kluge and Der Mond, establishing the importance of the TSO in the performance of opera in Taiwan.

Apart from performing in Taiwan, the TSO is also no stranger to international concert halls, having performed in Austria, the U.S., Japan, Russia, France, Spain, Germany, Luxembourg, Singapore, China, and the Philippines; in particular, the TSO’s 2017 return tour of the west coast of the United states after 26 years gave fans on the other side of the Pacific Ocean the opportunity to hear the pride of Taipei and indeed the whole of Taiwan! In recent years, the orchestra has participated in many international music festivals and important events, such as the Expo 2010 Shanghai China, the closing ceremony of the Federation for Asian Cultural Promotion in 2011, La Folle Journee in Kanazawa, Toyama and Tokyo, Japan in 2012, a tour of Japan in 2014, and performing at France's Les Flaneries Musicales de Reims in June 2015, Shanghai International Arts Festival in 2016, a U.S tour in 2017, as well as a China tour in 2019. On November 2019, TSO will be invited to perform by the Washington Center for the Arts at Washington D.C..

In 2018, under the leadership of Director Kang-Kuo Ho, TSO has spiritually rebooted Taipei Music Festival with the name “Taipei Renaissance”, to produce multi-culture and innovative orchestral programs. From August 2019 on, World renown Maestro Eliahu Inbal will take on the role of Principal Conductor. TSO will look forward to its centennial epic chapter prospectively!