TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese cellist Lin Jo-chan (林若禪) was invited to give a solo performance at the torch lighting ceremony of the European Games in Rome, Italy on Friday (May 3).
The musician described such experience as “a gift fallen from the sky,” reported the Central News Agency.
The second edition of the European Games will be held in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, from June 21 - 30.
Ahead of the games, the Olympic brazier was lighted at a ceremony held on Friday at the Ara Pacis, a monument built between 13 and 9 B.C. to celebrate peace in the Mediterranean after Emperor Augustus won the victories over battles in Hispania and Gaul.
Lin was invited by the curating team of the event because of the recommendation from the Italian curator, Alfredo Accatino, who was impressed after watching Lin’s performance on the internet, the report said.
Apart from seeing it as a surprise, Lin said she appreciated the opportunity offered by Accatino and the curating team.
Born in Yilan County, the 31-year-old cellist obtained diplomas from the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Accademia of Santa Cecilia in Rome respectively in 2011 and 2014.
Lin has performed across Europe and in Taiwan over the past few years, including obtaining the principal cello position in the Tbilisi State Chamber Orchestra in Georgia in 2018.
After the ceremony, the torch will pass through Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, until it finally reaches Belarus. A torch carrier will also bring the flame to the peak of the Mont Blanc.