Founded in 1945, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra (NTSO) is the oldest symphony orchestra in Taiwan. Since its establishment, it has been successively affiliated with the Taiwan Garrison Command, Taiwan Art Construction Association, Taiwan Provincial Department of Education, and Department of Culture, etc. In July 1999, it was subordinate to Council for Cultural Affairs, Executive Yuan. The title was then changed to the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. Since May 2012, it came under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture. The orchestra is located in Wufeng, Taichung. With an exclusive music hall and large and small rehearsal studios, it is a full-fledged music group with a full complement of software and hardware.
In the course of the development of classical music in Taiwan, the NTSO has always played a key role. Since it was founded, it has been inviting outstanding musicians in Taiwan and abroad to participate in performances in order to encourage the appreciation of classic music in Taiwan. During times of economic expansion, the orchestra devoted itself to education, cultivating teachers of classical music through comprehensive training. The popularity of classical music in Taiwan is attributable to the orchestra. Undergoing one change after another to adapt to the ever-changing cultural milieu, the orchestra remains positioned as a national-class performer that aims to expand the aesthetic vision of classical music in Taiwan and promote classical music performance and appreciation, and that expects ever greater innovation of itself so that it can become a well-established international orchestra.
Over 70 years of history, under the directors of the past and efforts such as Tsai Ji-Kun, Wang Shin-Chi, Dai Cui-Lun, Shi Wei-Liang, Deng Han-Chin, Chen Tscheng-Hsiung, Su Zhong, Ko Ji-Liang, Liu Suan-Yung, Lin Zheng-Yi, Zhang Shu-Bao, Huang Su-Jen, and Mr. Liu Suan-Yung leading again currently, the NTSO has accumulated extensive performing experience Countless international teams and musicians have been invited to perform with the NTSO, such as conductors Christopher Hogwood, Leon Fleisher, Okko Kamu, Claus Peter Flor, John Nelson, Andrew Litton, Mei-Ann Chen, Da-Shen Chang, Felix Chiu-Sen Chen, Tscheng-Hsiung Chen, Henry Mazer, Michel Rochat, Frederick Fennell, Tamás Vásáry, Lan Shui and Wen-Pin Chien; musicians such as pianists Fu Ts'ong, Pi-hsien Chen, Gwhyneth Chen, Oxana Yablonskaya, Ivo Pogorelich, Thai Son Dang, Makoto Ozone, Kun Woo Paik, Barry Douglas, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Boris Berezovsky, Stephen Hough, and Angela Hewitt; violinists Nai-Yuan Hu, Keng-Yuen Tseng, Cho-Liang Lin, Pinchas Zukerman, Sarah Chang, Gil Shaham, Ann-Sophie Mutter, Julian Rachlin, Ray Chen, and Gidon Kremer; violists Nobuko Imai and Maxim Rysanov; cellists Wen-Sinn YANG, Steven Isserlis, Natalia Gutman, Mischa Maisky, Myung-Wha Chung, Jian Wang, and Lynn Harrell; oboist Albrecht Mayer; trombonist Christian Lindberg; flautist Andras Adorjan, Emmanuel Pahud; French horn player Stefan Dohr, and groups such as Divertimento Berlin, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra , etc.
Since 2019, the internationally renowned conductor maestro Lan Shui has taken on the position of the NTSO Principal Guest Conductor, cooperating with of NTSO Director Liu to enrich artistic skills, innovat on tradition, deepen education, and promoting aesthetics, thus enhancing the public’s musical life, making music ever-present like air, water and sunshine.
National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Introduction Film