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German conductor gives workshop in Taipei for first time

German conductor gives workshop in Taipei for first time

Taipei April 6 (CNA) German conductor Gunther Herbig is giving a workshop in Taipei for the first time and has attracted 16 students from five countries to attend the class, it was revealed on Tuesday.
The maestro is expected to choose 10 students from among the attendees to conduct the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) on April 11, according to an official of the NSO.
The workshop in Taipei will be a one-week class, from April 5 to 10.
"A conducting workshop is very different, its requirements are very expensive, " Herbig indicated in a press conference Tuesday.
He added that it is also very difficult to be a conductor. The arrangements are complicated and the range of skills required is extensive, since "a conductor has to be very musical and have a good ear, has to be able to read a score, and also has to have the capability to bring a score to life," Herbig said.
"It also needs a lot of psychological skills to deal with a group or individual in the orchestra," he stressed.
Having opened many conducting classes in Europe, Herbig said he is pleased to have a chance to coach the students in Asia this time.
The internationally well-known conductor has held the position as artistic advisor and principal guest conductor of the NSO in Taiwan since January 2008.
He used to lead many famous orchestras worldwide, and has worked as the general music director of the Dresden Philharmonic in 1972, holding the same post with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra from 1977 to 1983.
Then he moved from East Germany to the United States in 1984 and served for 10 years as music director first of the Detroit and later of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Herbig also served as the principle guest conductor of the BBC Philharmonic in 1979, and later was invited to conduct major ensembles at the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic London, the Orchestre de Paris, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others in major cities.
(by Sunnie Chen)




Updated : 2021-06-17 03:51 GMT+08:00