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.
The Taipei Music Academy & Festival welcomes young musicians aged 15 to 30 who are interested in working with a world class faculty in an immersive and inspiring environment. The lovely campus of the National Taipei University of the Arts, situated on a mountainside overlooking Taipei, serves as our home.
Academy participants will choose either chamber music or chamber ensemble, as well as partake in the Festival Orchestra. Every musician will receive daily coaching in chamber music and chamber ensemble. For orchestra, faculty will play and coach alongside young musicians in every rehearsal and performance. Master classes are available to those interested in solo repertoire, as well as opportunities to build professional skills with our mock orchestra auditions and orchestral excerpt tutorials.