Swiss Music Night 2020 at National Concert Hall Taipei

Poster image by Swiss painter Felix Vallotton

Ming-Feng Hsin plays Ernest Bloch's Suite for solo violin

Ming-Feng Hsin & Hsing-Chwen Hsin are performing "Abodah" by Ernest Bloch

Host David Lu introducing the works

Ming-Feng Hsin, violin, Pi-Chin Chien, cello & Hsing-Chwen Hsin, piano with the Trio op. 66 C-minor by Felix Mendelssohn

Ming-Feng Hsin, violin, Pi-Chin Chien, cello & Hsing-Chwen Hsin, piano with the Trio op. 66 C-minor by Felix Mendelssohn

From left: Pi-Chin Chien, David Lu, Fabian Müller. Hsing-Chwen Hsin & Ming-Feng Hsin

From left: Pi-Chin Chien, David Lu, Fabian Müller. Hsing-Chwen Hsin & Ming-Feng Hsin

Swiss Composer Fabian Müller rehearsing his piece at The National Concert Hall

Rehearsal with Composer Fabian Müller

Interview at Radio Bravo

Hsing-Chwen Hsin & Ming-Feng Hsin with Pi-Chin Chien & Fabian Müller

Interview after a Charity concert at Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital

Concert in the Grand Hall of the Hotel Palais de Chine, Taipei

The Swiss Music Night 2020

Beyond the Horizon - Homage to Sir Yehudi Menuhin  

At home all over the world, Sir Yehudi Menuhin had a particularly warm relationship with Switzerland. After moving to his home in the famous village Gstaad in 1957 he was granted Swiss citizenship in 1970. Here, in this spectacular landscape surrounded by mountains of the Bernese Oberland, he found the perfect place to start an international music festival and an academy according to his ideas.

His commitment to leading young people to music was tireless throughout his life, and his knowledge and experience inspired his many students. The well-known taiwanese violinist Ming-Feng Hsin was discovered and promoted by Menuhin as a young boy. He and his sister Hsing-Chwen studied at the Menuhin School in England, and Hsing-Chwen became a piano partner of Sir Yehudi Menuhin's in chamber music concerts.

The "Swiss Music Night" 2020 was a homage to this great musician of the 20th century and is all about works with a strong connection to Switzerland. Two brilliant piano trios by Swiss composer Paul Juon (1872-1940) as well as the famous Piano Trio op. 66 C-minor by Felix Mendelssohn were part of the program. Long before Sir Yehudi Menuhin discovered the Bernese Oberland for himself, another child prodigy, Felix Mendelssohn, became a fervent admirer of the area. He made no fewer than six journeys to Switzerland and was interested in Swiss folk songs and even used them in his string symphonies. 

 

Ernest Bloch was inspired by the Swiss landscape in his early works. For Yehudi Menuhin he wrote two Suites for solo violin and the one-movement piece "Abodah" for violin and piano. The "Tour de Suisse" for violin and piano by Fabian Müller, begins in four movements an enjoyable musical journey throughout Switzerland and its four language regions by taking up elements of the respective folk music

Swiss Music Night 2019

Swiss Music Night 2019 at the National Concert Hall Taipei

Swiss Music Night 2019

Swiss Music Night 2019 at the National Concert Hall Taipei

Swiss Music Night 2019

Swiss Music Night 2019 after the concert

Swiss Music Night 2019

Swiss Music Night 2019 after the concert

Swiss Music Night 2019

Swiss Music Night 2019 after the concert

Swiss Music Night 2019

Swiss Music Night 2019 after the concert

Swiss Music Night 2019

Rehearsal at the National Concert Hall Taipei

Swiss Music Night 2019

Rehearsal at the National Concert Hall Taipei

Swiss Music Night 2019

Benefit concert at Suang-Lien

The Swiss Music Night 2019

The Swiss Music Night 2019 presents «Sound of Switzerland» Vol. 2

It was a fascinating musical journey throughout varied styles of Swiss Folk music and the presentation of a 100-years musical friendship between Switzerland and Japan.

Switzerland has a vivd and rich tradition of Folk music. Through a warm relationship and tourism between Switzerland and Japan an increasing scene of outstanding musicians in Japan started to sing Swiss Yodel-singing and started to play instrumental Swiss Folkmusic on highest level. 

In this concert  the distinguished Folk musicians from Switzerland «Appenzeller Echo» and Fabian Müller met the celebrated Japanese Yodel-singer Keiko Ito with her band „Amsle Quantett“. The nine musicians on stage were presenting a colorful, vivid and fascinating program showing original Swiss Folkmusic with a great variety of instruments and styles, as well as the astonishing musical developments of this music in Japan.

At Casino Bern after the concert

Dr. David Huang and his wife with the Swiss band Kapelle Alderbuebe, Suming Rupi, Fabian Müller and Pi-Chin Chien

Final applause

On stage from the left: Suming Rupi, Dr. David Huang and his wife, the Swiss band Kapelle Alderbuebe, Fabian Müller, and Pi-Chin Chien

At the end of the concert

Suming Rupi, the band Kapelle Alderbuebe, Fabian Müller and Pi-Chin Chien

Pi-Chin Chien and Fabian Müller presenting the program

Pi-Chin Chien and Fabian Müller presenting the program

Reception before the concert

More than 200 guests from Swiss political, economic and cultural circles, Diplomats, media professionals, overseas Taiwanese and international students

National Day Celebration 2019

in Switzerland

The Délégation culturelle et économique de Taipei hosted a reception and a concert at 10th of October 2019 in the grand hall of the Casino Bern to celebrate the 108th National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan) with more than 200 guests from Swiss political, economic and cultural circles, Diplomats, media professionals, overseas Taiwanese and international students.

After a reception there was a concert entitled "From the Alps to the Pacific -

a musical journey". The Swiss-based cellist Pi-Chin Chien and her husband, composer Fabian Müller, were entrusted with the direction and artistic design of the concert. The concert showed similarities between the Swiss yodel-singing and the singing of the indigenous Taiwanese people. In addition to the cello duo of the couple, the program also included performances by the Taiwanese folk singer Suming Rupi and the Swiss Appenzeller band Alderbuebe.

 

Due to the unique musical connection between Taiwan and Switzerland, the guests immersed themselves in the beauty of the Swiss and Taiwanese sounds as well as in the unique mountain landscapes of both countries through simultaneously projected images.

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Swiss Music Night 2018 Taipei

After the Swiss Music Night 2018 at the Metropolitan Hall in Taipei - f.l.t.r.: Bernhard Bienz, Debuty director of TOSI, Fabian Müller, Pi-Chin Chien, Nadja Räss, Markus Flückiger, Bernhard "Beny" Betschart, Andreas Gabriel, Pirmin Huber, Nicolas Senn, Rolf Frei, director of TOSI

Swiss Music Night 2018 Taipei

Rehearsal for the Swiss Music Night 2018 at the Metropolitan Hall in Taipei

Swiss Music Night 2018 Taipei

Metropolitan Hall, Taipei

Swiss Music Night 2018 Tokyo

Swiss Music Night 2018 at Kioi Hall,Tokyo

Swiss Music Night 2018 Tokyo

Swiss Music Night 2018 at Kioi Hall,Tokyo

Swiss Music Night 2018 Tokyo

Swiss Music Night 2018 in Tokyo

Swiss Music Night 2018

Benefit concert at Suang-Lien

Swiss Music Night 2018

Benefit concert at Suang-Lien

Swiss Music Night 2018

Benefit concert at Suang-Lien

The Swiss Music Night 2018

The Swiss Music Night 2018 – 5th edition „Sound of Switzerland“ Vol. 1

was presenting a musical tour throughout the varied landscapes of Switzerland - with Switzerland’s most distinguished representatives of traditional Swiss Folk music Nadja Räss, Andreas Gabriel, Markus Flückiger, Bernhard Betschart, Nicolas Senn , Primin Huber and Fabian Müller, the program follow musically the "Grand Tour of Switzerland" with traditional and new Folk music. 

It was a program showing the varied Swiss Folk traditions in all its facets. From Appenzell's striking music with violin and hammered dulcimer to the virtuosic Ländlermusik of central Switzerland with Schwyzerörgeli (typical Swiss accordion) as well as the vivid music from Ticino and the french part of Switzerland the concert offers a unique experience of exciting and original music following the "Grand Tour of Switzerland".

The typical Swiss Yodeling was also part of the program. Nadja Räss is currently the best-known yodel singer in Switzerland and Bernhard Betschart captivates the audience worldwide with his very archaic way of yodeling. The concert showed the "Sound of Switzerland" at its highest level.

Swiss Music Night 2017

Rehearsal at the Kaohsiung, Culture Centre for the chamber music concert: l.t.r. David Riniker, Pi-Chin Chien, Yves Savary, Chingtzi Ko, Thomas Grossenbacher, Violoncello

Swiss Music Night 2017

David Riniker rehearsing Pezzo Capriccioso by Tschaikowsky with the TNNUA Symphony orchestra at the National Concert Hall

Swiss Music Night 2017

Thomas Grossenbacher rehearsing Dvoraks Rondo with the TNNUA Symphony orchestra at the National Concert Hall

Swiss Music Night 2017

Yves Savary rehearsing Kol Nidrei by Bruch with the TNNUA Symphony orchestra at the National Concert Hall

Swiss Music Night 2017

The National Concert Hall before the Swiss Music Night 2017

Swiss Music Night 2017

Composer Fabian Müller with students presenting the score of the Swiss Suite

Swiss Music Night 2017

Relaxing after the rehearsal at Kaohsiung, Culture Centre

Swiss Music Night 2017

Pi-Chin Chien rehearsing with conductor Kai-Hsi Fan and the TNNUA Symphony Orchestra

Swiss Music Night 2017

Master-Class with Swiss cellist Thomas Grossenbacher at Tainan National University of Arts

Swiss Music Night 2017

Master-Class with Swiss cellist Yves Savary at Tainan National University of Arts

Swiss Music Night 2017

Master-Class with Swiss cellist Davis Riniker at Tainan National University of Arts

Swiss Music Night 2017

Master-Class with Swiss-Taiwanese cellist Pi-Chin Chien at Tainan National University of Arts

The Swiss Music Night 2017

 

The Swiss Music Night 2017 was presenting internationally acclaimed Swiss cellists Thomas Grossenbacher, David Riniker, Yves Savary and Pi-Chin Chien in collaboration with the Symphony Orchestra of the Tainan National University of Arts

The varied program was including some of the most well-known classical pieces for cello and orchestra by Tschaikowsky, Dvorak and Bruch as well as a Fantasy on the Taiwanese Folk song „Jasmine in June“.

In the symphonic concerts there was performed the  World-premiere of the

„La Folia-Variations“ in the version for large symphony orchestra by Swiss composer Fabian Müller .

The „Swiss Music Night“ 2017 was a collaboration with the Tainan National University of Arts TNNUA and its symphony orchestra. It had also an important educational effect including two days master-classes by the invited Swiss soloists, giving their knowledge and experiences to the younger generation. The master-classes were open for outstanding students and have been held in public for the audience.

Swiss Music Night project 2016

Swiss conductor Kaspar Zehnder rehearsing Brahms Symphony No.1 with NTSO

Swiss Music Night project 2016

Swiss conductor Kaspar Zehnder rehearsing Brahms Symphony No.1 with NTSO

Swiss Music Night project 2016

Kaspar Zehnder and Pi-Hsien Chen during rehearsal of the triple concerto by Paul Juon

Swiss Music Night project 2016

Pi-Chin Chien and Pi-Hsien Chen during rehearsal of the triple concerto by Paul Juon

Swiss Music Night project 2016

Willi Zimmermann during rehearsal of the triple concerto by Paul Juon

Swiss Music Night project 2016

Pi-Chin Chien during rehearsal of the triple concerto by Paul Juon

Swiss Music Night project 2016
Swiss Music Night project 2016
Swiss Music Night project 2016

Kaspar Zehnder rehearsing with members of the NTSO

Swiss Music Night project 2016

Rehearsal with Willi Zimmermann for the chamber music concert

Swiss Music Night project 2016

Pi-Chin Chien with Kaspar Zehnder and Willi Zimmermann at Night Market in Taipei

Swiss Music Night project 2016

Willi Zimmermann, Fabian Müller and Kaspar Zehnder

The Swiss Music Night 2016

In 2016 the Swiss Music Night was collaborating for the first time with large orchestra, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra NTSO.

It presented internationally known Swiss and Taiwanese Soloists playing the masterpiece “Episodes Concertante“, a triple-concerto for violin, cello, piano and orchestra by late-romantic Swiss composer Paul Juon (1872-1940) (rediscovered and first recorded by Pi-Chin Chien – It was the Asian Premiere!), as well as the 1st Symphony by Johannes Brahms. Brahms had a close relationship to Switzerland and was inspired by the alpine landscapes. His famous 1st Symphony includes in the fourth movement an Alphorn-solo, which Brahms heard in the Swiss Mountains in 1868.

The National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra NTSO was under the guidance of highly distinguished Swiss conductor Kaspar Zehnder. The soloists were Willi Zimmermann, violin, Pi-Chin Chien, cello and Pi-Hsien Chen, piano. The concerts took place at the National Concert Hall, Taipei, the Dadong Art Center, Kaohsiung and the NTSO Concert Hall, Taichung in March 2016.

Paiwan Children Choir in Switzerland

Concert with Taiwu Children’s Ancient Ballads Troupe and Swiss children at the Klangfestival in Switzerland

Paiwan Children Choir in Switzerland

Pi-Chin Chien and Fabian Müller with Camake and Taiwu Children’s Ancient Ballads Troupe at Klangfestival in Switzerland

Paiwan Children Choir in Switzerland

Pi-Chin Chien and Fabian Müller visiting the Taiwu Children’s Ancient Ballads Troupe in Taiwan

Visit of Paiwan Children Choir in Switzerland 2016

It is an important concern for the founders of the Swiss Music Night in Taiwan also to introduce Taiwanese culture in Switzerland.

In summer 2016 they brought the award-winning Paiwan Children's Choir «Taiwu Children’s Ancient Ballads Troupe»  to the Klangfestival Toggenburg in Switzerland.

A whole week the children from Taiwan under the guidance of Camake sang together with children in Switzerland, and learned songs of each other's culture. A fulminate final concert at the festival was a touching and unforgettable experience for all who were involved, as well as for the audience. Further concerts took place at the Klangfestival as well at the Propstei St. Gerold in Vorarlberg (Austria). 

Swiss Music Night project 2015

Swiss Music Night 2015

Swiss Music Night project 2015

The Zurich Ensemble rehearsing with composer Huang-Long Pan

Swiss Music Night project 2015

The Zurich Ensemble at Da-Dong Art Center in Kaohsiung

Swiss Music Night project 2015

The Zurich Ensemble at Da-Dong Art Center in Kaohsiung

Swiss Music Night project 2015

The Zurich Ensemble, composer Huang-Long Pan and Bernhard Bienz (deputy director of TOSI) after the Swiss Music Night at the National Concert Hall in Taipei

The Swiss Music Night 2015

The 2015 edition was focusing on a unique concert experience, introducing the highly acclaimed Swiss chamber music group the «Zurich Ensemble» consisting of four leading and internationally well-known Swiss musicians. It was a collaboration with Asia Music and Arts (AMA).

The Zurich Ensemble: Fabio Di Casola, clarinet,  Kamilla Schatz, violin, Pi-Chin Chien, cello, Benjamin Engeli, piano.

 

To underline the cultural bridge between Switzerland and Taiwan, an attraction of the Swiss Music Night 2015 was a commissioned work and world premiere of highly distinguished composer Huang-Long Pan 潘皇龍 (Taiwan). 

The concerts took place at the National Concert Hall, Taipei, the Dadong Art Center, Kaohsiung and the Steinway Gallery in Singapore including the colorful arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov‘s „Scheherazade“ .

Swiss Music Night project 2013

Academy of Taiwan Strings rehearsing for the Swiss Music Night 2013 at National Concert Hall in Taipei

Swiss Music Night project 2013

Academy of Taiwan Strings rehearsing for the Swiss Music Night 2013 at National Concert Hall in Taipei

Swiss Music Night project 2013

Press conference 2013: Pi-Chin Chien and Fabian Müller

Swiss Music Night project 2013

After the press conference 2013

Swiss Music Night project 2013

Press conference 2013

Swiss Music Night project 2013

Press conference 2013: Pi-Chin Chien and Fabian Müller with Jost Feer, former director of the TOSI (Trade of Swiss Industries in Taipei)

The Swiss Music Night 2013

Founded in collaboration with the Trade Office of Swiss Industries TOSI in Taipei, the very well received first Swiss Music Night took place in the National Concert Hall in Taipei in November 2013.  

 

The Academy of Taiwan Strings with cellist Pi-Chin Chien was featuring a music program with composers, who were inspired by the nature and the landscapes of Switzerland.

 

Romantic composer Felix Mendelssohn was known for his love to Switzerlands mountain landscapes. He traveled several times to Switzerland and involved Swiss Folk songs in his works. In the Swiss Music Night 2013 the two well-known Swiss String Symphonies N. 9 and 11 by Felix Mendelssohn were the frame for two other Swiss works – two premieres by the composers Fabian Müller and Paul Juon.