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Taiwan NSO conductor Gunther Herbig looks for successor

Taiwan NSO conductor Gunther Herbig looks for successor

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Gunther Herbig, artistic adviser and principal guest conductor at Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestra, was teaching classes in the hope of finding a successor, reports said Tuesday.
At classes beginning Monday, Herbig was teaching 16 students from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Canada and the United States for a week. The winner would emerge at a concert Sunday night where he would have the opportunity to conduct the NSO, the musician said.
The April 18 Symphony of Light and the April 24 Sound of Formosa are scheduled as Herbig’s two final performances with the NSO. Both will take place at the National Concert Hall in Taipei.
The conductor was born in 1931 in what was then Czechoslovakia. After the Second World War, he lived in communist East Germany, where he studied conducting at the Franz Liszt Academy in Weimar. One of his teachers was Herbert von Karajan.
He held consecutive positions in Weimar, Erfurt and Potsdam before serving as chief conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic from 1972 to 1977. He was chief conductor of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra from 1977 to 1983.
He left East Germany in 1984 to emigrate to the United States.
In North America, he worked as music director with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and later the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and as principal guest conductor with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He returned to Germany to serve as chief conductor of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbruecken Kaiserslautern from 2001 to 2006.


Updated : 2020-12-04 22:31 GMT+08:00