Curriculum and Schedule


Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
Winds: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet

Taipei Music Academy and Festival (TMAF)

To say 2020 has been a difficult year is an understatement. The pandemic has badly affected the music world. Concerts, operas, entire seasons have been canceled. Musical meccas like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall have been dark for months, and they shall remain so at least till next summer. Against this backdrop, TMAF, still in its relatively young age as it entered its second season, overcame a mountain of challenges and took place. It was perhaps the only festival in the world last summer to offer in person lessons, master classes, rehearsals and concerts to packed concert halls. We didn't act recklessly. We adhered to every guideline imposed by the Taiwan CDC. I feel justly proud of these TMAF accomplishments.

Plans for the next TMAF is going full speed ahead. With the recent announcement of a vaccine, there is now hope for an end to this pandemic. We know the road ahead will be fraught with difficulties. There is only so much virtual or online concerts and lessons we can take without a sense of being less than satisfied. Music must come alive and be live. TMAF offers that. At the same time, we will proceed properly, again, under the guidance of the best health advice available.

A stellar roster of artists has agreed to serve as faculty. A whole range of learning and performing opportunities are offered. My ideal of an immersion in inspired music making will once more be our priority. I welcome all interested students to apply. I also welcome all music lovers to attend our concerts. With an eye toward a better future, I wish everyone a healthy winter.

Cho-Liang Lin

Artistic Director


Duration: July 25 - August 8, 2021


First week, July 25-31:

  • Intensive chamber music studies culminating in a public performance
  • Daily coaching of chamber music

Second week, August 1-8:

  • Orchestra rehearsals and three concerts led by Maestro Leonard Slatkin
  • Program:
    Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
    Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D major, Classical
    Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in Eb major, Eroica
  • All faculty will play in the orchestra; wind students will get to play alongside the faculty

Both weeks:

  • In-person lessons will take place daily. Lessons and classes will include solo repertoire, orchestral repertoire, preparations for auditions, musicianship and technique.
  • Public master classes and mock auditions will be offered
  • Score reading and study tutorial will be led by Leonard Slatkin
  • The student-teacher ratio will average 3:1 for winds and 4:1 for strings