This ensemble of forty accomplished choral singers serves as an official musical emissary of the Republic of Taiwan, which celebrated its centennial year in 2011. The Taiwan National Choir includes within its ranks a number of outstanding soloists, and is admirably supported by ten instrumentalists. The choir was founded with the goal of helping young vocalists develop their careers, while providing elaborate and stimulating programs for audiences all over Taiwan. Over the past 20 years, the choir has given more than 400 concerts.
With her extensive vocal knowledge and a special focus on choral voice production, Artistic Director Agnes Grossmann has led prestigious choirs and brought them to new heights. She has been active as a guest conductor of many concerts, radio, television and recording projects. The Taiwan National Choir under Grossmann’s direction has recorded for Koch International and has launched its first CD during their North American Tour in January 2011.
Since 2007, Agnes Grossmann has been shaping the Taiwan National Choir, which has developed into a unique instrument of exceptional coherence, expanding its repertoire to all styles of classical music, including Taiwan’s national folklore. The choir has performed yearly a multitude of choral masterpieces such as madrigals and chansons from the Renaissance, Baroque and the 20th Century, German Romantic programs with works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Brahms, Schnittke’s Faust Cantata , Handel’s Messiah in the Mozart version with the National Orchestra of Taiwan, Carmina Burana in Orff’s chamber version, Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Bruckner’ s E-minor Mass.
The choir has been invited to join José Carreras in his concert “José Carreras Tenor Concert” in 2003. It also had the honor to be the representative of Taiwan at the annual conference for music education of UNESCO held in Spain in 2004. Extraordinary, pure youthful voices presenting grand choral works in a programme that is not to be missed!
- Anton Brucker : 3 Motets (Locus iste, Ave Maria, Christus factus est)
- Anton Bruckner: Mass No 2, in E minor, WAB 27
- Robert Schumann: Drei Gedichte Op. 29
- Johannes Brahms: Zigeunerlieder Op. 103
- Taiwanese folk songs
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