Introduction

Evergreen Symphony Orchestra was founded in 2002 and is one of the few professional orchestras sponsored by private enterprise. Over the past thirteen years, ESO has not only cultivated local Taiwanese music, but also envisioned to spread the beauty of music to the world. ESO’s repertoire includes Western classical symphonies as well as music of Taiwanese folk culture. ESO is devoted to the role of musical ambassador in promoting international cultural exchange and has become the best interpreter of Taiwanese folk music.  

 Starting from 2004, ESO has been invited to perform in Asia, Europe and America, in over 28 cities performing more than 600 concerts to spread fine arts and the music of classic Taiwanese folksongs to the world. ESO’s international concerts have always been loved by overseas Chinese, including the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, 2011 & 2013 in Seoul and Busan, Korea, and 2012 at the Ravanna and Ravello Festival in Italy, just to name a few.  

 In July 2015, ESO has been invited for the first time to Australia to perform in the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Brisbane City Hall. ESO wishes to bring a fresh experience of West-and-East encounters to audiences in the Southern Hemisphere. Moreover, Chang Yung-Fa Foundation will also take this opportunity to visit local distinguished museums and conservatories to enhance the mutual understanding and cultural exchanges between Australia and Taiwan.

Concert Feature


During this tour, ESO will bring symphonic music and symphonic sonority to interpret Taiwanese and global folksongs, and classical symphonic pieces. The variety of the program will appeal to audiences of all walks of life.  
 

Furthermore, ESO has invited a young Australian violinist, Harmonnia Junus to perform the most expressive and heart-rending traditional Chinese love story: "Butterfly Lovers" violin concerto. The Bamboo Flutist Miu, Cin Lin will perform the Taiwan master Shui-Long Ma's Bamboo Flute concerto, which is one of the most representative works of Taiwanese culture. The two concertos full of mysterious eastern colors are incorporated to enrich the variety of the program.  

 Performers

   1. Evergreen Symphony Orchestra

 Evergreen Symphony Orchestra (hereinafter called “ESO”) was established in 2002 by Evergreen Group, Chang Yung-Fa Foundation, for the mission of promoting cultural and arts exchange betweenTaiwanand other countries worldwide, as well for providing grants-in-aid to the underprivileged with pressing medical and educational needs in the field of music.

January 2007 marks the chapter for the ESO with the official appointment of Gernot Schmalfuss as music director and chief conductor. Mr. Schmalfuss previously served as the conductor of the Munich Chamber Orchestra and as guest conductor of the Munich Philharmonic and Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestras. And Wen-chen Chuang is currently resident conductor of Evergreen Symphony Orchestra.

Over the years, the ESO has worked with many world-renowned musicians, including conductors Helmuth Rilling , Michiyoshi Inoue and Naoto Otomo, tenors Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli and Russell Watson, soprano Angela Gheorghiu, Renée Fleming and Hayley Westenra, violinists Cho-liang Lin, Mayuko Kamio and Si-qing Lu, and master flutist Peter-Lukas Graf.

 

 

  

* Overseas Concerts

   

                                                        【ESO in London 】                                                                                                                    【ESO in Norway】

In September 2004, the ESO began a number of tours abroad, including a public performance at the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore, our participation in the "Day of Enthusiasm" Beethoven and Mozart Music Festival in Tokyo, Japan, and our highly successful tour of Beijing and Shanghai in Mainland China. In August 2007, the ESO was invited by GARD in Norway to hold two concerts there, and afterward gave a performance in London upon request by British shipping journal Lloyd's List. In December, ESO was later on invited to the Port of Los Angeles to perform and celebrate the Port's 100th anniversary. Furthermore, ESO set its international reputation by participating in Expo 2010 Shanghai China in September. In 2011 ESO was invited to perform in Seoul and Busan.

 

Golden Melody Award Nominated

Two recorded CDs of ESO, titled The Butterfly Lovers and Zakar Bron and the ESO, were nominated at the 16th and 17th Golden Melody Award (2005 and 2006) for the categories “Best Classical Album” and “Best Performance by a Classical Orchestra” respectively. 

Golden Melody Award

  

2. Music Director / Chief Conductor: Gernot Schmalfus

 

 

Studied Oboe, piano and conducting at the conservatories in Detmold and London. From 1968 to 1979 he was playing the solo-oboe in the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. During this time Rudolf Kempe (the chief-conductor of the MPO) gave him lessons.

 Since 1970 he is a member of the, “Consortium Classicum”, a renowned chamber music ensemble, which released many recordings (for instance the complete chamber music works for winds by Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert and many others).

 In 1986, he was appointed professor at the conservatory of music in Detmold. Besides recording for various radio stations, there are CD-recordings of a opera by A. C. Cartellieri (a friend of Beethoven), which he found in a library in Italy, romantic Clarinet-concertos, works of the romatic composer Norbert Burgmüller, who was most admired by Schumann(2. Symphony,  an ouverture and the piano concerto).  The second symphony and the third violin concerto by Max Bruch and the first symphony and concertos by J.Ph. Riotte.

 

3. Soloist

 

 Violinist:Harmonnia Junus

 

Australian born violinist Harmonnia Junus moved to New York City at age 16 to attend Professional Children’s School and to pursue her musical studies with Sally Thomas.  She has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia having most recently performed at the National Concert Hall Taipei, Taiwan with the Evergreen Symphony under the baton of maestro Gernot Schmalfuss.  She has also appeared with the Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra in the JaoZi Concert Hall in Chengdu, China with conductor Xu Dong Yang.  Currently based in New York City, Ms. Junus has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the National Opera Center, Symphony Space, the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. and the Sydney Opera House.

 As a passionate chamber musician Harmonnia Junus has toured Taiwan with pianist Eduard Laurel having appeared at the Taichung Seaport Arts Center, Kaohsiung Cultural Center and the National Recital Hall in Taipei. She is a member of Ensemble NYC performing in New York City, South Korea and Australia.  Ms. Junus is co-founder of the artist collective Artists By Any Other Name, whose mission is to reach a greater audience using a symbiosis of various art forms including music, dance, drama and visual art.  She has attended numerous music festivals including Meadowmount School of Music, the Next Festival for Emerging Artists at Music Mountain and Bowdoin International Music Festival studying with Lewis Kaplan and Itzhak Rashkovsky.

 Harmonnia Junus is currently a Master of Music candidate at New York's Mannes College the New School for Music, where she also earned her Bachelor of Music under the tutelage of Sally Thomas. Other primary teachers include Goetz RIchter and Shi-xiang Zhang.  As a dedicated teacher, Ms. Junus is on the violin faculty at the Fort Lee School of Music and maintains a private studio in Manhattan’s Upper West Side.  Ms. Junus performs on a 1719 Giovanni Grancino violin made in Milan, Italy.

 4. Soloist

 

Chinese Bamboo Flute:Miu, Cin Lin

Miu, Cin Lin is one of the most famous young flutists in Asia. She graduated from department of Chinese music at National Taiwan Academy of Arts where she studied with Chen Shen-tien as well as Lu Wu-kuan and Chinese Culture University where she studied with Chen Zhong-shen. Also, she received her master's degree of ethnomusicological art at Tainan National University of the Arts. Furthermore, she went on to study in China several times under the direction of Chinese flute masters, for example Wang Ci-Heng, Zheng Hong-Ching, Dai Ya, Zhan Yong Ming and so on.

Ms. Miu won the first prize in the several main contests in Taiwan, such as the winner of Taipei international instrumental competition in 1995, the most talented prize as well as the rising star prize of Taipei international instrumental competition in 1998. As a most active performer in Taiwan, She performed seven concerts between 1999 and 2012 and got very high marks. Furthermore, Ms. Miu has performed several flute concertos with the academy orchestra of Taipei Chinese orchestra from 1988 to 2000.
In 2001, she was rewarded as a new talented performer of National Theater & Concert Hall, and later performed flute concertos with many Orchestras, such as "Evergreen Symphony Orchestra", "Taipei Zan Ing Chinese Orchestra", "Taichung City Hakka Chinese Orchestra", "Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra" and so on. Their performance compositions to date include:"Bamboo Flute Concerto", "Lan Hua-hua", "A Imagination For The Frontier", "Shan-Bei-Si-Zhang(Four Chapters of Shanbei)", "Loess Plateau (Loess Affection)", "A Grasshopper Teasing A Rooster", "Happy" and so on. Ms. Miu is also an active participant in international performances: she has participated the" Ilha Formosa" for four times at the "Festival du Val-d'Oise" during 2006-2012. In October 2008, as a member of Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra, Ms. Miu performed Xiao in Hong Kong International Festival.
Ms. Miu has begun holding performances beyond past boundaries in recent years, such as the concert of "The encounter between Chinese flute and Kena" with "Ilha Formosa" and Leonardo Garcia. As a soloist, Ms. Miu has been invited to perform in several benefit concerts of Taiwan blind festival quartet during 2009-2012.
She teaches in National Taiwan University of Arts and National Taiwan College of Performing Arts.