Taiwan National Choir
The Taiwan National Choir was established by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education in 1985, with the purpose of supporting young singers in the development of their careers. The choir has visited Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, France, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Spain and Italy. Professor Kuo-En Chan, President of the Taiwan National Normal University, is the General Director.
In 2007, Agnes Grossmann was appointed Artistic Director and Conductor, for the goal of expanding the choir’s repertoire to include music from the Renaissance to the present. Her mandate is to achieve utmost homogeneity and purity of sound in inspired and stylistically authentic performances. The Choir has participated in many prestigious concerts, Taiwan’s National Concert Hall, Taipei as well as in concerts abroad with the Staatskapelle Dresden conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli, (2000) and with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Kurt Masur (2002), as well as concerts with Placido Domingo (1997) and José Carreras (2003). It represented Taiwan at the World Music Education Conferences in Spain (2004) and Italy (2008). In 2011, under Grossmann’s direction, the Taiwan National Choir was invited to participate at the International Festival of Sacred Music in Loreto, Italy, and received highest praise as best choir among thirteen choirs from as many countries. In Fall 2012, Grossmann is taking the Taiwan National Choir on a North American tour, and they are launching their first CD on Canada’s Analekta label.