Toronto Chinese Orchestra 多倫多中樂團

2016-07-03 Virtuosos Concert: Dr. Chih-Sheng Chen 陳志昇 Guest Artistic Director and Conductor

陳志昇I first met Dr. Chen in 2008 at the Hong Kong International Festival of Chinese Orchestras. Since then, I have had wonderful opportunities to visit with him, his orchestra, as well as learn from his experiences in building an orchestra. Though the music environment here in Canada is so very different from that of Taiwan, we do face some similar challenges. Dr. Chen’s passion to share Chinese music is always inspiring and helps us push forward with new music and ideas. I am very grateful for his advice and support through these years. He has become a great friend and mentor and we are very fortunate to be able to work with him once again!

~Patty Chan
President, TCO


Dr. Chih-Sheng Chen 陳志昇

One of the most prominent young conductors in Taiwan, Chih-Sheng Chen founded the Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (gCO) in 2000. As the Artistic Director and Conductor, the orchestra strikes to present Chinese music of the highest quality to a wide range of audiences. The orchestra currently performs a full season at the National Concert Hall, presents educational programs throughout Taiwan, and tours internationally. From 2004 to 2008, Chen acted as the Associate Conductor for the Taipei Chinese Youth Orchestra and Teachers Orchestra. In 2006, he produced and conducted the featured concert of the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in Taipei. To foster interest in Chinese music among young audiences and to train young musicians, Chen has also designed educational programs and acted as the music director and instructor at numerous schools in Taiwan.

Chen holds a master’s degree in conducting from Taiwan’s Fu Jen Catholic University, under the guidance of Professor Lian-Chang Kuo. He started his musical training as an erhu (Chinese violin) player at the age of ten. He studied conducting with Ying Lee and theory with Chao-Ying Huang and Shi-Pei Ding. Chen also holds a Ph.D from the Institute of Microbiology and Biochemistry of the National Taiwan University. His background in science constantly surprises people. As he says, “Chinese music is my true calling in life”.

國立台灣大學微生物與生化學博士,天主教輔仁大學音樂學系指揮碩士,現任小巨人絲竹樂團音樂總監,曾任廣藝愛樂管弦樂團行政總監、台北市立國樂團團員等。

陳君自幼由馬志剛先生啟蒙學習二胡,曾師事黃正銘老師及安如礪老師,並隨黃朝英老師、丁世佩老師學習音樂理論,隨李英老師、郭聯昌老師學習指揮藝術,求學過程即熱衷於國樂相關藝術及行政事務。

2000年籌組創立小巨人絲竹樂團並擔任音樂總監,積極參與專業演出策劃、指揮及國樂推廣工作,期間規劃【兩岸薪傳系列】、【國際交流系列】、【絲竹室內樂系列】、【青年演奏家系列】、【校園、社區推廣系列】等近千場演出,足跡遍及國際、兩岸數十個國家與地區;帶領樂團自2005年迄今連續獲選為文化部演藝扶植團隊,入圍2011年「第九屆台新藝術獎」十大表演藝術節目等,藝術暨營運表現上備受肯定。

小巨人絲竹樂團之外,陳君亦活躍於國內外重要舞台,範圍涵蓋國樂、西樂、樂團行政及音樂教育等領域。曾與荷蘭新室內樂團 (Nieuw Ensemble)、加拿大溫哥華跨文化管弦樂團 (Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra)、長榮交響樂團、廣藝愛樂管弦樂團、加拿大多倫多中樂團、加拿大愛民頓中樂團、加拿大蘭韻中樂團、加拿大點心室內樂團、新加坡鼎藝團、浙江民族樂團、江蘇省演藝集團民族樂團、河南民族樂團、北京中央音樂學院聖風組合、重慶民族樂團、成都民族樂團、福建民族樂團等合作演出;更多次受邀於國內外各大藝術院校,進行樂團營運、樂隊訓練等專題演講。

陳君指揮風格理性沉著、質樸簡鍊,藝術方向著重對本土的關懷與多元文化的融合;樂團經營管理依循「傳統文化為體、科學邏輯為用」的原則,務實穩健、效率績優;多年來本著「以國樂為畢生志業」的無比熱情與使命感,成功地號召大量台灣國樂青年人才,共同參與構築具有台灣特色的國樂願景,對於國樂藝術的承先啟後、精緻化、國際化貢獻卓著。