“… vor allem bei Schostakowitsch’ Symphonie Nr. 5 d-moll war das Ergebnis mitreißend: Es geriet eine Orchestermaschine ins Arbeiten, mit fliegendenBögenund wuchtigem Wollen, deren Produkt auf (fast) ganzer Linie überzeugen konnte. Da brauchtes kein gut gemeintes westliches Wohlwollen: Das Orchester hat seinen Platz im Konzerthaus wohl verdient. ” ─ Kurier, 2017
“ as part of its first mini-tour of North America…Shao-Chia Lü and the underrated Taiwan Philharmonic scored a triumph with a stunning, ferventlyplayed, meticulously nuanced performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. ” ─ Musical America , 2016
Founded in 1986, the Taiwan Philharmonic, also known as the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) at home, is hailed as one of the best orchestras in Asia and became the resident orchestra of the National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center in 2005. Starting April 2014, the NSO has become an affiliate orchestra to the National Performing Arts Center. From 2010 to 2020, led by renowned conductor Shao-Chia Lü as its 5th music director, the NSO has provided cultural and music educational strength throughout Taiwan. In August 2020, Lü transitioned to become an artistic advisor for the orchestra.
The 99-member NSO presents a 40-week musical season of approximately 75 concerts, chamber recitals and opera productions each year. It also has launched numerous educational programs and outreach projects, which it continually develops. The symphony tours regularly throughout Taiwan and overseas, including Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Geneva, Milan, Seattle, San Francisco, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Seoul, Hong Kong , Beijing and Shanghai.
The NSO has worked with internationally acclaimed conductors, such as Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, Rudolf Barshai, Leonard Slatkin, Christopher Hogwood, Oleg Caetani, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Michael Sanderling, Vassily Sinaisky, Osmo Vänskä, Hans Graf, Long Yu and many famous soloists, including Mirella Freni, Ileana Cotrubas, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Bryn Terfel, Thomas Hampson, Asmik Grigorian , Narciso Yepes, Fou Ts'ong, Alicia de Larrocha, Jacques Thibaud, Stephen Kovacevich, Lilya Zilberstein, Louis Lortie, Garrick Ohlssono, Kun Woo Paik, Dang Thai Son, Alexandre Tharaud, Yuja Wang, Yo-Yo Ma, Natalia Gutman, Lily Maisky, Gautier Capuçon, Jian Wang, Steven Isserlis, Daniel Müller-Schott, Sol Gabetta, Leonidas Kavakos, Nai-Yuan Hu, Gil Shaham, Shlomo Mintz, Vadim Viktorovich Repin, Hilary Hahn, Midori, Joseph Lin, Ray Chen, Paul Huang, Richard Lin, Martin Grubinger, Sabine Meyer, Radek Baborák, Jörg Widmann, and Reinhold Friedrich.
The NSO artistic reach extends to theater and opera. Its productions include collaborations with Lin Hwai-min, the world-renowned choreographer and founder of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Austrian digital artist Klaus Obermaier, and opera stage directors Tobias Richter, Moffatt Oxenbould, Hans-Peter Lehmann, Andreas Homoki and James Robinson. In addition to its own semi-staged opera productions such as Der Ring des Nibelungen, and Elektra (2011), Parsifal (2018) and Tosca (2019), the NSO has collaborated with worldclass opera houses for its multinational productions, such as Der Rosenkavalier with Deutsche Oper am Rhein in 2007, Carmen with Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Norwegian National Opera and Opera Australia in 2009, Madama Butterfly with Opera Australia in 2012, Fidelio with Opernhaus Zurich in 2015, as well as in-house production Die Walküre (2013), Salome (2014) Othello (2016) and Il Trittico (2017).