愛樂簡介

台北愛樂管弦樂團自一九八五年成立以來,已堂堂踏入三十週年里程碑。不只在台灣的音樂史上留下許多重要的紀錄,也在國內外贏得了許多重量級的樂評與肯定。這樣的成績來自團員的努力、樂迷的熱情、政府部門及僑界的支持以及企業界的贊助。創團音樂總監亨利‧梅哲(Henry Mazer)先生的音樂素養以及訓練的獨到,使團員們產生強烈的向心力與榮譽感,而能在音樂上表現出無比的細膩與完美的音樂性,「梅哲之音」,成為台灣樂壇的經典名詞。

 

 

        一九九○年台北愛樂第一次國外演出加拿大溫哥華及美國芝加哥,當地媒體以「島嶼的鑽石」來形容樂團。美國演出時獲全美最知名的樂評家李察‧戴爾(Richard Dyer)給予樂團「無比震驚」的讚美,認為梅哲先生與美國指揮家伯恩斯坦同為美國重要的文化資產。

        梅哲先生辭世後,台北愛樂秉持著梅哲精神,繼續向前邁進。二○○三年起遠赴芬蘭、愛沙尼亞、俄羅斯、波蘭、匈牙利、捷克、法國、斯洛伐克等歐洲國家演奏,在國際性重要節慶活動中受到肯定,這不僅是台北愛樂的榮耀,更是台灣的驕傲。二○○四年受邀遠赴聖彼得堡愛樂廳演出;同年巡迴波蘭、匈牙利,以及捷克三國八場六個音樂節(華沙之秋音樂節、弗羅茨瓦夫國際音樂節、比德哥什音樂節、克拉科夫音樂節、布達佩斯音樂週、布拉格靈樂節);二○○五年六月於法國「奧維爾音樂節」;二○○六年法國蘇里國際音樂節和希臘雅典帕帕谷露天劇場;二○○七年於挪威的葛利格音樂廳、丹麥索羅國際音樂節、北歐最大的文敘瑟爾音樂節的開幕音樂會等,都是台北愛樂國際上的優秀足跡。

        除經典國際巡演外,台北愛樂持續結合跨領域,為古典音樂開創新局。二○一○年二月,台北愛樂首開先例,於兩廳院開演《交響情人夢最終樂章》電影首映暨音樂會,吸引爆滿觀眾參與。二○一二年十二月份,台北愛樂結合『愛樂種子』慈善計劃,策劃『心手相連歲末慈善音樂會』,與余道昌、呂超倫合作布拉姆斯雙重協奏曲,更讓『愛樂種子計劃』的德蘭育幼院孩子們有站上國家音樂廳演出的機會,心手相連推動。二○一三年,台北愛樂不僅持續創新,也以社會企業的身分在慈善推廣上精進。與日本配樂作曲家田中公平合作台灣首度在國家音樂廳的『動漫交響音樂會』,與脊髓損傷基金會合作『開創友善新世界』,首度讓超過百位脊髓傷友踏進台灣的音樂最高殿堂當中聆賞。十二月的『快樂台灣向前行』音樂會,更在作曲家鍾耀光教授的巧手下首次將傳統掌中戲與交響樂團完美結合,奏出與掌中戲結合的『哪吒鬧東海』交響詩,開創性的展演獲得一致好評。

        回首樂團一路走來,經營雖然篳路襤褸,在愛樂者的鼓勵支持之下,方能成為今天的台北愛樂管弦樂團。至今,一百五十場國家音樂廳的演出外,更積極經營於音樂推廣工作,深耕在地校園與城鄉展演無數。

        聽眾的掌聲,是台北愛樂最大的動力來源,讓我們持續致力為台灣提供更豐富的精緻音樂。如今,在歐洲各地還能聽到愛樂二○○五年歐洲巡演時由斯洛伐克國家電台錄製的專訪,可証文化藝術無遠弗屆的優質影響力。世界上每個知名的城市,都有其代表的樂團;台北愛樂,也始終以此為目標努力。展望廿一世紀,台北愛樂將以最美的聲音,成為台北的文化地標。

WASHINGTON POST
"Superb playing from the Taipei Philharmonic and elegant direction from (Yoel) Levi produced a passionate, thrilling interpretation – beautifully controlled, thunderously alive and memorable in every way.''
(Stephen Brookes, July 18, 2006)

BOSTON GLOBE
’’The first sound of the Taipei Philharmonic in Boston Symphony Hall was electrifying.’’
(Richard Dyer. October 10, 1990)

WIEN KURIER:  VIENNA Kurier newspaper 
’’The ensemble plays with precision and unity; the Taipei Philharmonic is of considerable quality. This conductor (Henry Mazer) made Schubert come alive and touch our hearts again.” (
Franz Endler June 18, 1993

 ■ VANCOUVER SUN
’’Mazer and his musicians are totally committed. Mazer deserves a special credit for his ensemble’s wonderful sound: a rich, romantic singing that was intensified by the acoustic of UBCs hall.’’
 (Michael Scott July 21,1990)

 ■ HELSINKI SANOMAT
There is power in the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra.''
 (Annmari Salmela, 17.8.2003)

TALLINN POSTIMEES (Estonia)
The fluent interplay of orchestra and perfect cooperation between the members of the Taipei Philharmonic was very impressive. . .''
(Evi Arujarvi, 16.8.2003)

 ■ WARSAW DZIENNIK POLSKI
''Performing exact rhythm . . . playing with outstanding technique . . . perfect interaction with the soloist. Honestly speaking, this orchestra deserves the highest recommendation.''
 (Adam Walacinski, 25.9.2004)

 

TPO’s first principal director and chief conductor was the late American Henry Mazer, a former Associate Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Mazer dedicated over 15 years of his life to supervise the artistic growth of TPO. When he first brought the orchestra to perform in the United States in 1990, music critic William Russo praised the orchestra for its excellence: “The Sinfonietta is one of the finest groups of musicians I have ever heard”.  After the death of Mazer in 2002, TPO has had several conductors, among them, Alexander Rudin, Andreas Delfs, and Lin Tien-Chi (Paul Lin).

 

TPO made its second North American tour in 1995. Of its performance at Boston's Symphony Hall, Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe wrote: "The first sound of the Taipei Philharmonic in Boston Symphony Hall was electrifying. The way the orchestra plays is a real tribute to Mazer’s musicianship. Mazer has a rare understanding of how Verklarte Nacht is constructed, how it should sound and the wallop it should pack. They play with glowing sound, precision of intonation, absolute unanimity of impulse and rare commitment".  During the same decade TPO also made its first visit to Europe, performing in France, Brussels, and Vienna. The European music critics, as their American colleagues, paid similar compliments to TPO:  "The ensemble plays with precision and unity . . . the Sinfonietta is of considerable quality . . . This conductor (Henry Mazer) made Schubert come alive and touch our hearts again". (Franz Endler, Vienna Kurier)

 

During the 2000’s TPO enlarged its international tours geographically to include the following countries: Germany, France, the U.S., Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, and China. The orchestra was invited to perform in numerous prestigious music festivals: the Braunschweig Classix Festival, the White Nights Festival of St. Petersburg, the Warsaw Autumn Contemporary Music Festival, the Krakow Music Festival Sacrum-Profanum, the Prague Spring Music Festival, the Janáček International Music Festival, the Budapest Music Festival, the Stockholm Royal Castle Music Festival, the Estonian Music Festival Glasperlenspiel, the Riga Music festival, the Kaunas Pazaislis Music Festival, the Auvers-sur-Oise Festival, The Sully International Music Festival, and the Shanghai World Expo, to name but a few. The venues where TPO has performed included the famous St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, the Moscow Performing Arts Center, the Budapest Liszt Concert Hall, Stockholm’s Berwald Concert Hall, Helsinki’s Finlandia Hall and the Rock Church, the Grieg Hall in Bergen, Tallinn Concert Hall, the Kennedy Performing Arts Center, and the Grosser Musikvereinsaal in Vienna.

 

One of TPO’s missions is to bring classical music to different audiences in different countries through music playing of the highest level. To also improve listeners’ appreciation for modern music, TPO often performs works by living composers of different nationalities, among them Yiu-kwong Chung from China, Leif Segerstam from Finland, and Peeter Vähi from Estonia. In addition, TPO organizes workshops, master classes, and other educational activities for both children and adults.

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