2015 Taiwan Rising Stars Classical Music Concert

By Erica Hui

The Taiwan Classical Music Concert was held at Taipei Economic & Cultural Office (TECO) at 42nd street in Midtown Manhattan . The performers were Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu (Violinist), Wei-yang Lin (Violist), Nan-Cheng Chen (Cellist), and Tzu-Yi Chen (Pianist). The following is a brief background of the artists.

Tien-Hsin Wu, winner of the Milka Violin Artist Prize from Curtis Institute of Music and third prize winner at the International Violin competition of David Oistrakh, she was known for “capturing the spirit of the music astonishingly”, by Taiwan’s Liberty Times and has collaborated with artists like Teddy Abraham, Gary Graffman, Kim Kashkashian, Ida Kavafian, Midori, Thomas Quasthoff, Yuja Wang, and members of the Alban Berg, Brentano, Cleveland, Guarneri, Miro, Orion, and Tokyo string quartets at prominent venues. She has also collaborated as a guest violist with the Dover Quartet, Formosa Quartet, Orion Quartet, and Trio Cavatina.

“Wei-yang Lin, recognized as one of the most promising young violist and erhuists of today, was praised by The Strad ‘The great Molto adagio….elicited some of the night’s most sensitive work, especially from Andy Lin on Viola’. Winner of the Taiwan National Viola Competition and the First Prize in the 2008 Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition, he is the artistic director and founder of the New Asia Chamber Music Society. He is an avid chamber musician and is a member of the award winning string quartet, the Amphion String Quartet, which was a winner of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and is on the roster of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society CMS2 Program”.

Nan-Cheng Chen “was recently described as ‘personable and smile-inducing’ and ‘fine plying’ by Washington Post in 2014. At only age of 27, Nan-Cheng is the executive director and founder of the New Asia Chamber of Music Society (NACMS) and a member of Sonic Escape. An active soloist, Nan-Cheng has collaborated with Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Queens Symphony Orchestra, Metro-West Symphony, Quincy Symphony and Symphony Pro Musica. Nan-Cheng Chen’s 2014-2015 season features over hundreds of performance including his solo and chamber concert tours throughout North American, South America, Europe and Asia. Special performance including a sold-out debut with National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan playing the Schumann Concerto, as well as MACMS’s Taiwan tour.

This was my first classical music concert so I was very curious as to how it would be. I was influenced by the idea that classical music was considered as boring, but this concert proved me wrong. This concert has shown me some of the most intense emotions coming from the artists themselves, which includes sorrow, innocence, childhood, enthusiasm, and togetherness. My favorite piece were the Taiwanese folk sings, which deeply represents their background and their emotions towards it.

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