The ROC First Lady accompanied NSO on their tour appearance of the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra at the Victoria Hall in Geneva on November 15 was honoured by the presence of the First Lady of the ROC CHOW Mei-ching, accompanied the Orchestra on its second half of the European tour as Honorary Chairman. In recent years, CHOW has actively supports Taiwan’s art groups and music ensembles, the NSO said. Their presence at the recent international performances and productions of the NSO, which includes works by Taiwanese composers, was welcomed. According to the NSO, the last two performances of the tour, in Geneva and at the Berlin Philharmonic on November 18, were almost sold out already before the departure. After successful appearances in Paris on 9 November, as well as Milan and Udine on 11 and 12 November, many high-ranking guests from the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the Red Cross and other international are expected to the appearance in Geneva organizations that are located in this city. For Geneva’s repertoire is the NSO unique interpretations of Western classics and specially-commissioned pieces by leading contemporary composers show a former first prize winners of the international of music competition in Geneva in Taiwan, with a guest appearance by cellist Wen-Sinn Yang. Conductor of the NSO, Lu Shao-Chia, who has worked with top international orchestras, is very satisfied with his position. He said: “regardless, whether popular Western classics or have never heard, Eastern repertoire, performances of the Orchestra and the enthusiasm of the Taiwanese audience meet me with great pride.” Since the NSO under the name Taiwan Philharmonic from 2006 on international tour went it was praised by the media enthusiastically as one of the leading orchestras in Asia.
Among them were such prestigious magazines and newspapers like: Orchestra and opera world from Germany; France Opera magazine; from the UK, the financial times and Gramophone; the American record Guide; Yazhou Zhoukan from Malaysia and Japan ongaku no Tomo. Since Lu the NSO in 2010 as Orchestra Director took over, he has impressed the international criticism with the diversity and quality of his repertoire. In German and French reports, it was written that the ensemble has also pieces in the Repertoire, the European Orchestra rarely venture. This assessment is shared by internationally renowned soloists who have already occurred with the NSO. As violinist Anne Sophie Mutter to the local press said: “You should be proud on your NSO.”