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Young Taiwanese man wins top prize in world conductors competition

Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 15 May 2015

Taiwanese conductor Chuang Tung-chieh has won the first prize at the Malko International Conductors Competition, the world's largest conductors race in Denmark's capital Copenhagen.


The 32-year-old Chuang, who is currently studying at Musikhochschule Weimar, a widely recognized music school in Germany, took the top spot in the final round of the competition, after beating two other finalists from Germany.


According to Taiwan's representative office in Denmark, 317 young conductors came from all over the world to compete in the event.


The jury selected 24 out of the 317 to compete in the four rounds of the competition, and Chuang and his two German rivals -- David Niemann and Jesko Sirvend -- advanced to the finals.


In the final round, Chuang conducted a symphony orchestra to perform the first movement of Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68, and a musical selection from Masquerade, a comic opera of Danish composer Carl August Nielsen, impressing the jury and winning the competition.


Chuang was awarded 20,000 euros (US$22,400). In addition, the Taiwanese musician has jury president Sakari Oramo as his mentor for the next three years.


The champion title has also brought Chuang engagements with 27 leading orchestras in Europe, including the Stockholm Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.


Hsin-hsuan Tsai (thh@taitra.org.tw)
Source: Focus Taiwan
Photo Credit: Malko Competition


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