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Call for Entries: The 54th World School Children's Art Exhibition
2023/02/03
The World School Children's Art Exhibition is one of the biggest art exhibition in Taiwan, which to promote cross-cultural understanding and friendship among the young generation through the exchange of children’s art work.

1. Organizers:The Association for Education through Art, Republic of China and the Association of Formative Art Education for the Republic of China

2. Eligibility for participants:Schoolchildren aged 6-15

3. Art Works:
a. Varieties:Oil paintings, water colors, wood cut prints, pencil sketches, crayon drawings, pastels, collages, etchings, graphic designs and etc.
b. Size:Within 55cm X 40cm
c. Number:One piece from each child
d. The following information is requested to be given in English if possible.
    i. Full Name, Sex, Age, Nationality
    ii. Name and address of the school or institution.

4. Deadline:All entries must arrive no later than last post on April 15, 2023.

5. Committee of Judges:Artists, educators, psychologists, and art educators in Republic of China(Taiwan) as well as several other countries such as Japan, Malaysia, and USA will be invited to serve as judges on the committee.

6. Prizes:According to the recommendation of the Committee of Judges, certificates and/or medals will be presented to the selected participants whose works exhibit excellence.

7. Mail Address:The Association for Education through Art, Republic of China No. 43, Nanhai Rd., Taipei City, Taiwan 100 100 臺灣台北市南海路43號(國立臺灣藝術教育館).

Please download the attachments or visit http://www.kaearoc.org.tw/html/ for more details.
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Taiwan Philharmonic Makes Triumphant Return to the United States Under the Baton of Music Director Jun Märkl
2023/01/30
The Taiwan Philharmonic - known as the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in its homeland – will be one of the first international orchestra to be presented by the New York Philharmonic in David Geffen Hall in their return to the United States for a tour in April, led by new Music Director Jun Märkl.

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as, "a first-rate ensemble, one of Asia's best," the Taiwan Philharmonic begins their American tour in April 2023 after successful tours to the country in 2016 with violinist Cho-Liang Lin (林昭亮) and in 2018 with pianist Stephen Hough and violinist Yu-Chien Tseng(曾宇謙). The 2023 tour launches in New York City with a chamber music concert at Alice Tully Hall (April 14), proceeds to The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. presented by Washington Performing Arts (April 19), returns to New York City at David Geffen Hall as presented by the New York Philharmonic (April 21), and concludes at Wentz Concert Hall in the western Chicago suburb of Naperville (April 23). Recipient of the prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, Taiwanese-American violinist Paul Huang (黃俊文) joins the orchestra for the last three performances.

The wide-ranging repertoire on the tour celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of cultures in Taiwan by including two unique Taiwanese works, alongside European classics. The first is a new work, Ebbs and Flows, by Taiwanese composer Ke-Chia Chen(陳可嘉) - co-commissioned by Washington Performing Arts and Muzik3 Foundation, Inc - and the second is from Taiwanese composer Yuan-Chen Li(李元貞) 's Tao of Meinong, commissioned by Hakka Affairs Council. Dr. Chen's work receives its U.S. premiere at The Kennedy Center on April 19 and a subsequent performance on April 21, while Li's work is performed on April 23. An international award winner, Dr. Chen frequently collaborates with The Philadelphia Orchestra and is a faculty member of the Curtis Institute of Music. Yuan-Chen Li's music reflects concepts in ancient Chinese phonology, Taiwanese chamber and aboriginal music, Asian traditional arts, literature, and Buddhism, resulting in a cross-cultural and cross-disciplined approach to music.

Under the leadership of Music Director Jun Märkl since January 2022, the Taiwan Philharmonic aspires to resonate throughout the world as the official cultural ambassador of Taiwanese culture and regularly commissions and performs new works by Taiwanese composers.

The European repertoire on the tour includes Max Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, a work for violin and orchestra inspired by Scottish folk songs, performed with Paul Huang; Mendelssohn's The Hebrides Overture; and Debussy's La Mer, which highlights one of Maestro Märkl's most celebrated specialties of French classical repertoire.

Tickets are now on sale and available for purchase through each respective venue. Please refer to the details below.

2023 U.S. TOUR PERFORMANCE DETAILS


1.
Friday, April 14, 2023 | 8 PM EDT
Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center

1941 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
To purchase tickets ($50-120), call CenterCharge at 212-721-6500 or visit Lincoln Center's website here.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 1, No. 1
André Caplet: Conte fantastique for Harp, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quintet for Clarinet, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello in A major, K. 581
Dmitri Shostakovich: Prelude and Scherzo for String Octet, Op. 11

Members of the Taiwan Philharmonic & Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center:
Wu Han (吳菡), piano
Stella Chen (陳思蕾), violin
Danbi Um (嚴丹苾), violin
Richard Lin (林品任), violin
Hao-Tun Teng (鄧皓敦), violin
Chih-Hong Tseng (曾智弘), violin
Hsin-Yun Huang (黃心芸), viola
Grace Huang(黃瑞儀), viola
David Finckel, cello
Mihai Marica, cello
Ying-Chi Tang (唐鶯綺), cello
Julian Chun-Yen Lai (賴俊諺), clarinet
Shannon Shuen Chieh (解瑄), harp

2.
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 | 8 PM EDT

Presented by the Washington Performing Arts

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
To purchase tickets ($30-110), call 202-785-9727 or visit The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Art's website here.

Ke-Chia Chen: Ebbs and Flows
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46
Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture, Op. 26
Debussy: La Mer

Taiwan Philharmonic
Jun Märkl, conductor
Paul Huang, violin

3.
Friday, April 21, 2023 | 8 PM EDT

Presented by the New York Philharmonic

David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center

10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
To purchase tickets ($39-129), call 212-875-5656 or visit New York Philharmonic's website here.

Ke-Chia Chen: Ebbs and Flows
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46
Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture, Op. 26
Debussy: La Mer

Taiwan Philharmonic
Jun Märkl, conductor
Paul Huang, violin

4.
Sunday April 23, 2023 | 3 PM CDT

Presented by Friends of Taiwan Foundation

Wentz Concert Hall

171 E Chicago Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
To purchase tickets ($38-120), call 630-637-7469 or visit North Central College's website here.

Yuan-Chen Li: Tao of Meinong
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46
Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture, Op. 26
Debussy: La Mer

Taiwan Philharmonic
Jun Märkl, conductor
Paul Huang, violin

About the Taiwan Philharmonic

Founded in 1986, the Taiwan Philharmonic, also known as the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) at home, has been hailed as one of the best orchestras in Asia. It became the resident orchestra of the National Concert Hall, and an artistic affiliate of the National Performing Arts Center in April 2014.

The orchestra has benefited from the leadership of many music directors and principal conductors, including Gerard Akoka, Urs Schneider, Da-Shen Chang, Jahja Ling, Wen-Pin Chien, Shao-Chia Lü and Guther Herbig. Under the leadership of music director Jun Märkl since January 2022, the Taiwan Philharmonic aspires to resonate throughout the world as the cultural ambassador of Taiwan.

During the past thirty years, the Taiwan Philharmonic has worked with many internationally acclaimed conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Rudolf Barshai, Sir Neville Marriner, Leonard Slatkin, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Christopher Hogwood, Osmo Vänskä, Long Yu, Nikolay Alexeev, Vassily Sinaisky and Carl St. Clair. In addition to performances in Taiwan, the orchestra regularly receives invitations from overseas and has toured Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Los Angeles, and many other cities with critical acclaim.

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About Jun Märkl

Jun Märkl is a highly respected interpreter of the core German repertoire and has become known for his refined and idiomatic explorations of the French Impressionists. He currently serves as Music Director of the Taiwan Philharmonic, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Residentie Orkest of The Hague. He has also recently been appointed Artistic Advisor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Oregon Symphony in the United States. His long-standing relationships with the state operas of Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Semperoper Dresden, and the Metropolitan Opera New York have been complemented by his music directorships of the Orchestre National de Lyon, the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Basque National Orchestra. In recognition of his achievements in France, he was honored in 2012 with the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Born in Munich, Märkl won the conducting competition of the Deutscher Musikrat in 1986 and studied at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. Soon afterwards, he appeared in opera houses throughout Europe, Japan, and U.S. followed by his first music directorships at the Staatstheater Saarbrücken and the Nationaltheater Mannheim.

About Paul Huang

Recipient of the prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, violinist Paul Huang is considered to be one of the most distinctive artists of his generation. The Washington Post proclaimed him as "an artist with the goods for a significant career" following his recital debut at the Kennedy Center. Mr. HUANG's recent and forthcoming appearances include Nürnberger Symphoniker with Kahchun Wong, Residentie Orkest Den Haag with Jun Märkl, Rotterdam Philharmonic with Lahav Shani, Dallas Symphony with Fabio Luisi, Mariinsky Orchestra with Gergiev, Houston Symphony with Andres Orozco-Estrada, Seoul Philharmonic with Markus Stenz, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan with Jun Märkl. In addition to his recital debuts at both Lucerne Festival and Aspen Music Festival, Paul also stepped in for Anne-Sophie Mutter at Bravo! Vail Music Festival
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B.Dance's “The Cell” to Have Its North American Premiere at the Dance on Camera Festival on February 11
2023/01/26
The Cell, a short dance film produced by B.DANCE’s choreographer and artistic director Po Cheng Tsai (蔡博丞) and emerging filmmaker Meng Hsueh Ho (何孟學), has been selected for the 51st edition of the Dance on Camera Festival. It will have its North American premiere as part of “Program 3: Global Shorts” on February 11 at 3:45 pm at Film at Lincoln Center.

B.DANCE was founded by Po-Cheng Tsai in 2014. Since then, Tsai has presented several original pieces to an international audience and received critical acclaim. In 2018, tanz, a German magazine, included Tsai as one of the 2017/2018 most promising young choreographers around the world. Moreover, Tsai was named as the “best emerging choreographer of the year” by the France National Board of Performance Arts in 2020 and one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Persons” in Taiwan in 2021.

The Cell was originally Tsai’s fifth full-length dance work in 2022, but due to the pandemic, all in-person performances around the world were cancelled. However, thanks to a special subsidy program launched by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture and National Performing Arts Center, Tsai, in collaboration with Meng Hsueh Ho, was able to adopt the original creative idea of The Cell to produce a dance film. This format allows The Cell to be accessible to a broader audience, including many viewers who would not have been able to see the performance live.

According to B.DANCE, The Cell is a surreal piece on separation and dissociation, inspired by the feelings of loneliness and social isolation prevalent during the pandemic. The official film introduction used for Dance on Camera Festival 2023 has been provided below:

“In these post-pandemic times, a bright white light floods the stage and begins to speak: close your eyes, come with me toward the supernormal, let’s go, go to that transcendent space-time jump. Every character is in the dancer, so which one is real? On the verge of disassociation, light leaks into shadow, a new day dawns. Today, which self will go along?”

The Dance on Camera Festival, presented by Dance Films Association and Film at Lincoln Center (FLC), is the longest-running dance film festival in the world. This year, the festival will take place from February 10-13, featuring 13 programs and a total of 30 new films, which were selected from more than 290 submissions representing 35 countries.

“This year’s Dance on Camera Festival showcases a rich international collection of films that offer insightful profiles of visionary artists and stories that touch the heart,” said co-curator Michael Trusnovec.

For additional information regarding the festival, please visit Film at Lincoln Center at filmlinc.org and Dance Films Association at dancefilms.org.
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Twincussion to perform free concert at John Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on Feb. 1
2023/01/20
Taiwanese musical act Twincussion will perform a free concert at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 6:00 p.m. The occasion will mark their first time performing in the United States. Advance online reservations are set to open on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 10:00 a.m. Seating is first come, first served, and there will be also an online streaming on the website during the performance.

The group was formed by Taiwanese twin brothers Jen-Ting and Jen-Yu Chien. With their unique music partnership having begun over 20 years ago at the age of six, the twins present a new face in the field of percussion. Their diverse repertoires range from romantic transcriptions to contemporary music. The duo connects music from East Asia to the West and has commissioned original percussion compositions from Taiwanese folksongs to electronic music.

Twincussion has won multiple international music competitions in Europe and North America. Their first international debut was at the 2014 Southern California International Marimba Competition where they received the Grand Honorable Mention, coming in at second place. In 2016, they travelled to Europe and won first prize in the ensemble category at the International Percussion Competition in Italy. They were awarded first prize in the 2018 Soloist Competition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and received the Idella Foundation scholarship in Copenhagen.

They were recently selected as the Artist of Center Stage Season 6 presented by the U.S. State Department. They will have a month-long tour in the beginning of 2023 in the United States sharing their music with the U.S. community. Center Stage is a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with funding provided by the U.S. Government, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations.

For more information, please visit the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ website: https://www.kennedy-center.org/whats-on/millennium-stage/2023/02-february/twincussion/.
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“The Piano Tuner,” award-winning Taiwanese author Chiang-Sheng Kuo’s novel, is now available in the US
2023/01/19
The English translation of "The Piano Tuner (尋琴者)," a novel written by award-winning Taiwanese author Chiang-Sheng Kuo(郭強生) and published by Arcade Publishing, officially hit the shelves on Jan. 3, with 14 other languages to be released successively.

The novel revolves around a bald, ugly piano tuner in his forties, who was once a musical prodigy. As the story progresses, a lifetime of secrets concealed by him will be revealed.

At a press conference in Taiwan on Jan. 6, Kuo stated that a piece of fine literature work always shows the true heart and feelings of the writer. His works never focus on any special topic, but are closely related to his personal life experience. Kuo said that the novel was inspired by his first lover who "left" him in 1996 and this experience triggered feelings of loneliness, disillusionment, farewell, and death. After 26 years, he turned this unforgettable relationship into a novel.

The first translated version of The Piano Tuner was published in Mongolia in October, 2022. Following the release of the English version in the US, the French version will be launched in February, and the Korean version will be published in April. The Japanese version is scheduled to be published by Shinchosha Publishing Co, Ltd next year.

Kou graduated from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Taiwan University and earned a PhD in drama from New York University. He currently teaches in the Department of Language and Creative Writing at the National Taipei University of Education. The Piano Tuner was a bestseller and swept every major literary award in Taiwan, including the 2021 United Daily Literature Award, 2020 Taiwan Literature Golden Award, and 2020 Openbook Book of the Year Award as well as other honors.


For more information about the book, please click here.
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International authors to partake in 2023 Taipei International Book Exhibition
2023/01/10
The 31st Taipei International Book Exhibition will be held at the Taipei World Trade Center Hall 1 from Jan. 31 to Feb. 5 under the theme of "The Multiverse of Reading," featuring Poland as the guest of honor.

Those present at the press conference on Dec. 29 included the Ministry of Culture's Department of Humanities and Publications director Chen Ying-fang (陳瑩芳), Taipei Book Fair Foundation chairman Chao Cheng-ming (趙政岷), director of the Polish Office in Taipei Cyryl Kozaczewski, and more.

MOC stated that Poland was first invited as a guest of honor in 2017 and the invitation materialized after years of preparation. The book exhibition will showcase a wide range of content and bring together distinguished authors to allow readers from home and abroad to learn more about the publication, history and culture of Poland.

Co-organized by the Polish Book Institute and the Taipei Representative Office in Poland, the Polish Pavilion is to consist of three main sections, featuring 23 historical books, children's picture books from 1918 to 2018 and historical collections. Copies of some historical publications, including the musical score for Polish-French pianist Frederic Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus' On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, will be displayed at the book fair.

This year, the organizer of the Polish pavilion has invited six distinguished authors, two renowned illustrators and important publishing houses from Poland to participate. The attendees include Andrzej Sapkowski, the author of the best-selling books The Witcher series, and Witold Szablowski, several of whose books have been translated into Mandarin, to name a few. They will attend activities such as readings and interactive workshops at the fair.

A Poland Night will be held on Feb. 4, featuring Polish cuisine and a music performance by Dagadana, a Polish-Ukrainian band that fuses jazz, electronic and folk music.

The fair will also feature pavilions from Italy, France, Germany, and South Korea, among others. For more information, please visit the Taipei International Book Exhibition's official website and Facebook page.
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Taiwanese artist Poyen Wang’s solo exhibition, Endearing Insanity opens at the Essex Flowers
2023/01/06
Taipei Cultural Center in New York is very glad to share the news. Taiwanese artist Poyen Wang, who will be a residency artist in Triangle Arts Association in New York, is holding a solo exhibition, Endearing Insanity.

Endearing Insanity is named after Poyen Wang’s latest video work which is a 9-minute film using 3D Computer graphics, alongside a series of still images derived from the film.

The centerpiece film is punctuated by mundane words of self-introduction, sensual but eerie bodily gestures, and dramatic sound effects, reflecting the longing for connection and the desire for visibility within a displaced environment.

The film takes place in a small apartment kitchen which references where the artist once lived in Brooklyn, New York. A seemingly ragged protagonist constrained in various enclosed spaces such as a cabinet, microwave, and sink, performs a monologue waiting for someone to visit. The spoken words are composed of found text from online message boards, hovering between sincerity and absurdity. A collage of sounds including liquid, wind, and drums suggests an unstable state and enhances the theatrical tension of everyday life.

Employing the genres of horror and erotica, Endearing Insanity navigates the threshold where sensuality and terror meet. By utilizing the sensual as a tool, the protagonist calls the viewer to enter their intimate realm, gaining agency in the displaced environment. The work embraces contradictory ideas, dissolving boundaries and oscillating between the seductive and the repellant, the private and the public, and the self and the other.

Exhibition Information
Title: Endearing Insanity
Venue: Essex Flowers (19 Monroe St. New York, NY 10002)
Exhibition: January 7, 2023 to February 5, 2023

About the artist Poyen Wang (王博彥poyenwang.com)
Poyen Wang is an artist and filmmaker, born and raised in Taiwan and currently based in New York City. His recent practice employs world-building through 3D computer graphics to create narratives that grapple with issues of identity, sexuality and masculinity. He has had solo exhibitions at the Taipei Digital Art Center, Taiwan; 18th Street Arts Center, Los Angeles; Flux Factory, New York; and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. His work was recently exhibited in Bronx Calling: The Fifth AIM Biennial at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York, and will be included in VIDEONALE.19 – Festival for Video and Time-Based Art at Kunstmuseum Bonn in Germany. He is currently teaching at Hunter College and Pratt Institute in New York City.

About the Essex Flowers (essexflowers.us)
Essex Flowers, the artist-run collective and gallery that opened in 2013 in the basement of a Lower East Side flower shop on Grand Street before moving to Monroe Street in Chinatown. It launched as a showcase for emerging artists.

Endearing Insanity, 9 minute animation, 2022, Photo Courtesy of the Artists, Poyen Wang
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