Planning and Projects
The staff members responsible for planning and projects are primarily former members of the Chinese Music Club at the National Taiwan University (NTU). As their sole motivation is their passion for Chinese music, the aim of their work always remains communicating its unique beauty to the public. In the selection of the repertoire the maintenance of a balance between technique and musical artistry is given priority over the promotion of virtuosity.
- Director: Jia-Yu Chen (Bachelor of Commerce, Department of Finance, NTU)
- Overall Planning: Li-Feng Huang (Master of Science, Graduate Institute of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, NTU)
- Project Commissioner: Tze-Chia Zheng (Master of Arts, Graduate Institute of Music Education, National Taiwan Normal University)
- Finance Manager: Jin-Hong Chen (Bachelor of Commerce, Department of Finance, NTU)
- Score Manager: Hui-Chieh Lin (Student, Department of Psychology, NTU)
- Instrument Manage: You-Jing Lin (Student, Department of Electronic Engineering, NTU)
Freelance Young Musicians
Most of the musicians of the orchestra have had a professional musical education, and are particularly skilled in ensemble playing. Due to their youth they have a higher level of idealism and passion for music, but because of their extensive experience and training they also have a greater level of skill than is to be found the typical amateur orchestra. The musicians in the Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra work on a freelance basis, which means that set up of the orchestra is flexible for every performance. All of the staff members responsible for the musical side of the orchestra have a professional musical background:
- Music Director: Chih-Sheng Chen (doctoral candidate at the Institute of Microbiology and Biochemistry, NTU and musician in the Taipei Chinese Orchestra)
- Composer under Contract: Pei-Yu Shi (Konzertexamen im Fach Komposition (Concert Exam in Composition), Hochschule fur Musik Karlsruhe)
- Bowed Instrument Manager: Wen-Xuian Liang (musician in the Taipei Chinese Orchestra)
- Low-register Instrument Manager: Yu-Ning Lee (graduate Student, Graduate Institute of Music, Soochow University)
- Wind instrument Manager: Yi-Lin Miao (Bachelor of Arts, Department of Chinese Music, Chinese Culture University)
- Plucked Instrument Manager: Bi-Lan Chang (Master of Arts, Graduate Institute of Art, Chinese Culture University)
- Percussion Instrument Manager: Wen-Xian Wei (Bachelor of Arts, Department of Chinese Music, Chinese Culture University)
Our Flexible Instrumentation
At the time of its founding, the orchestra consisted of an ensemble of 15 musicians. Due to the demands of concert performance, the orchestra was subsequently expanded to 70 musicians. Our instrumentation has the following characteristics:
To meet the demands of concert performance we have a variety of forms of instrumentation, each in itself flexible. For promotional concerts, we invite a compere who interacts with the public in order to facilitate a closer communication with the audience.
Si-Zhu Chamber Orchestra Form:
In addition to the normal si-zhu chamber instrumentation, we also arrange a string-ensemble instrumentation form. This consists of gaohu, erhu, zhonghu, cello and double bass, and is intended to facilitate the spreading of Chinese music throughout the world.
Large Orchestra Form:
As an orchestra of freelance musicians, each musical voice of the ensemble can be changed at any time. To meet the demands of a given work we can always extend the ensemble by the addition of further instruments, such as the harp or deeper register instruments. As such we are not restricted by normal administrative concerns, and can always attain the ideal symphonic effect of the Chinese orchestra.
New Programme Idea:
“We perform Chinese music as we think it should be performed.” Normal si-zhu orchestras are restricted to traditional si-zhu forms, but the idea of our programme is to exploit different environments and opportunities in order to demonstrate the full range of possibilities of the beauty of Chinese music. Apart from our regular concerts, such as ‘A Series of Concerts Passing on the Torch between Taiwan and China’, ‘A Series of Si-zhu Chamber Concerts’ and ‘A Series of Concerts for Young Musicians’, we also arrange pioneering concerts such as ‘Classical-Electronic Music Crossover Concerts’, and ‘The Oriental Classics: “Ga-Da-Mei-Lin”’ Symphonic Poem’ (in which Chih-Sheng Chen collaborated with the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra). The new programme idea is aimed at enriching the Chinese music environment and attracting more thought and attention to the development of Chinese music as such.
In order to promote the spread of the art of Chinese music, we have planned three distinct concert forms:
‘A Series of Concerts Passing on the Torch between Taiwan and China’
We invite the outstanding soloists from Taiwan and China to play concertos with our orchestra, which consists of 70 members. We also play with these soloists in the form of an ensemble, so that our musicians can improve their technique and musical artistry by rehearsing at close quarters with first rate professional musicians. These concerts are intended to introduce the public to the manifold expressivity of the traditional Chinese musical instrument. We also invite these soloists to give solo performances in the Taiwan’s National Concert Hall in Taipei.
‘A Series of Si-zhu Chamber Concerts’
Si-zhu Chamber Concerts involve 25 musicians. We play not only the classics of si-zhu music, but also the works of Taiwanese and contemporary composers.
‘A Series of Concerts for Young Musicians’
We want to introduce our outstanding young musicians to music fans by means of both solo and collaborative concerts.
Translation by Ying-Chieh Chiu and Martin Rodden