The physician cures with fervent love for human life,
With the sound of music, he comforts and enlightens people's hearts as well.
- Jerome C.H. Yen, Acting
Representative of R.O.C.,
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Canberra ACT
for PCOT 's Australia Tour Concerts 1995
At first, physicians as musicians,
now, various kinds of professions here.
Traditionally, physicians in Taiwan are community
leaders and often organize culture events for people in their communities. Today,
physicians still carry on this tradition. In fact, some of them are not just organizers
but also amateur musicians. Quite a few well-known musicians come from physicians'
In 1991, a group of physicians and health
care professionals, very talented and dedicated, began the "Physicians' Chamber
Orchestra of Taiwan ". Since then, they have given more than one hundred concerts around the
island, including regular performances in the Taipei National Concert Hall. With the help
of conductors Chen Ting-Hui, Chen Shu-Si and Hwang Wei-min, they have developed an
ensemble that is gaining national acclaim. Many of the nationally renowned musicians had
been their guest soloist.
The members of Physicians' Chamber Orchestra of Taiwan enjoy not only music, but participation in charity events. The activities they have been involved include various of fund raising concerts for such as AIDS prevention, No Smoking for adolescence, Spinal Injuries Foundation, CPR training program, Children Cancer Foundation, Formosa Cancer Foundation. In their 1995 Australia concert tour and 1997 New Zealand concert tour, the proceeds benefited the Princess Alexandra Hospital and National Heart Foundation of Australia, and th Nathial Heart Foundation of NZ, Otago Community Hospice, Auckland Cancer Society... In their 2001 French concert tour, the proceeds benefited the 'Vie et Espoir' association, a children cancer fundation.
~ Shao-hsuan Hsia, MD
Since the September of 1999, a group of wind and brass and some percussion players joined PCOT to establish a new symphony orchestra - Taipei Civic Symphony Orchestra (TCSO). TCSO gave her debut concert at the National Concert Hall in March 2000. The constituents of TCSO now includes various kinds of professions and business, with some professional musicians. Now PCOT still keeps her activities in various kinds of charity concert. And the newly formed TCSO keeps a regular seasonal appearance in the National Concert Hall of Taipei.
Early Members of Physicians' Chamber Orchestra of Taiwan ( data from the PCOT 1997 New Zealand concert tour)
Music Director: Wei-Ming HWANG
Wei-Ming Hwang currently serves as first violinist of the Taiwan String Quartet. He also teaches in Soochow University and Taiwan Normal University in Taiwan. Prior to these positions, he held a position with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as associate concertmaster, with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan as concertmaster and with the Austrian Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra of Vienna as principal first violin, Hong Kong Sinfonieta as Guest concertmaster. Additionally, he has performed as a soloist in orchestras in the U.S., Austria and Taiwan.
Born in Taipei, Mr. Hwang began playing violin at the age
of six, and moved to Vienna Austria at the age of thirteen to study at the Hochschule for
Music and Performing Arts, where his mentors were Edvard Melkus and Ernst Kovacic. He
completed the concert diploma with unanimous distinction in 1982 and went to U.S. to study
with the renowned master Dorothy DeLay. He won the 1st prize in the Dorothy Staring
International Violin Competition in Aspen in 1983 and graduated from the University of
Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music in 1987. He also studied with the famous
violinist Nathan Milstein in Zurich, Switzerland.
In the past few years, Mr. Hwang has been invited several
times to Taiwan to play both as a soloist and the first violinist of the Taiwan string
Quartet. His performances have attracted national attention through both television
appearances and newspaper coverage. The China Times reports: "His superb
technique and thoughtful interpretation of the music had the audience cheering."
Kim Chih-chin CHANG / Violin Solo / Concertmaster
Dr. Chih-Chin Chang began studying violin when he was sever. He won his first violin competition - the Taipei City Competition in 1968, and continued to play first every year in the competitions throughout his elementary school years. At the age of fifteen, Dr. Chang won the first place in the Taiwan National Junior Competition. He played "Maurice Ravel-Tzigane" which was premiere performance in Taiwan.
Later Dr. Chang entered the Taipei Medical College as a student of dentistry. During his college student years, twice as soloist, he played Mozart "Double Concerto for Violin & Viola" and Mozart "Violin Concert No.5" with the National Taiwan University Orchestra. He also performed with Taipei Medical College String Orchestra playing Vivaldi Violin Concerto "Four Seasons" in 1980. Dr. Chang and friends won the first place after both Piano Trio and String Quartet in Taiwan National Chamber Music Competition.
After graduating from college, Dr. Chang was still active in violin performances. In 1987, while he was doing his residency in hospital, he won the first place in the Taiwan National Violin Competition in the adult section. Two years later, he was invited to perform "Conus Violin Concerto" at the National Concert Hall for Taipei International Women's Club's friendship charity concert. In 1990, he played Bruch "Violin Concerto in G minor" with the combined orchestra - Taipei Medical College Orchestra and Fu-jen University Orchestra. Also he had been the conductor of Tsai-Hsing high school string orchestra and Taipei Medical College Orchestra for several years.
1991, Dr. Chang and friends founded the "Physicians Chamber Orchestra of Taiwan" and was the featured soloist playing "Bach Violin Concerto in E major" in their first concert. Sin then he has been the leader and concertmaster of PCOT. Currently Dr. Chang is a practicing dentist in his own clinic in Taipei.
Ching-hong Kao / Violin, Executive Director
/ Ophthalmologist, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taipei
Having enjoyed 20 years of orchestra violin playing, sometimes concertmaster, including Taipei City -, Taipei Century - , ROC National Army -, and Taipei Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Concerto Playing: 1994 San Francisco (for American Academy of Ophthalmology), 1995 Taipei & Brisbane, Canberra (with PCOT)
Chieng-shiun Lee / Violin / Pediatrician, General Veterans Hospital, Taipei
1986 Symphonic Orchestra of Paraguay (OSCA), 1st violin
1988 Graduated from Music Department of University of Asuncion, Paraguay
1995 Graduated from Yang-Ming Medical University, Taiwan
Winner of Taiwan music contest, 1988 string orchestra - conductor, 1992 String quartet
Concerto Playing: 1987 Fiorillo (with OSCA), 1990 (with OSCA), 1995 (with PCOT)
Kung-chieh Yeh / Violin / Oral Pathologist, D.M.S. Harvard University
Associate professor of Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Taipei Medical College
Researcher in the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in Taiwan
Ai-hou Wang / Violin / Ophthalmologist, National Taiwan University Hospital
1973-1980 National Taiwan University Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster
1980-1982 National Army Orchestra, 1st violin
Mei-in Tu / Violin / Dermatologist, Mackay Memorial Hospital
Concertmaster, Taipei Medical College String Orchestra, 1978-83
Jyh-shing, Chen / Violin / Dentist, J.S. Dental Clinic
Leader and conductor of the Taipei Medical College String Orchestra
1990 - 1994 Resident Dentist of Mackay Memorial Hospital.
Chien-chun Tsai / Violin / Pathologist, National
Taiwan University Hospital
Kai-chung Cheng / Violin / Senior Network Communication Consultant
Winner of Kao-Hsiung City vionline contest in 1971,73,74, viola in 1978
2nd place winner of Cathay Pacific Airways national violine contest
3rd place winner of national violine contest in 1974
Chung-Hwa Youth Symph. Orch., Ministry of Education Hwa-Mei Youth ROC-USA Good Will Chamber Orch. for the Bicentennial w/ 27 cross statesconcerts, Ministry of National Defense Demonstration Symph.Orch., TaipeiPhilharmonic Orch.
Concertmaster, graduate assistance, and faculty ensemble trio/quartet, MN S.U. Music Dep. & Symph. Orch.
MN 3M Symph. Orch., MSO/Christmas Festival-concertmaster
M.S. in Mathematics/Computer Science, MSU
Ker-shiun Lin / Violin / Computer Engineer / Owner of Roca Strings Co.
National Taiwan University Symphony Orchestra, National Army Orchestra, 1st violin
Jun-ming Chen / Violin / Associate Professor, Tatung Institute of Technology
National Taiwan University Orchestra, violin / principal oboe
Ching-feng Cheng / Viola / Paediatrician, Tz'u-Chi Buddhist General Hospital
1984 Winner of Taiwan Music Contest, chamber music
Liang-shiou Ou / Paediatrician, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taipei
Concertmaster, Taipei Medical College Orchestra, 1989-93
ROC National Army Orchestra, violin & viola, 1994-96
Chien-chin Hung / Viola / pianist
Chiung-hua, Hu / Cello / Yamanouchi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Bachelor of sociology, National Taiwan University
1983-1987 National Taiwan University Symphony Orchestra
1988-1989 University of Iowa Symphony Orestra, USA
1991-present Physician's Chamber Orchestra of Taiwan
Hsiao-wen Chung / Cello / Ph.D. / Associate
Professor, Sec. Of Biomedical Engineering,
Dept of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University
1983-87 National Taiwan University Orchestra, 1987-89 National Army Orchestra
1994 Ph.D., Dept. of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
1995 Postdoctoral research fellow, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica
Majoring in biomedical magnetic resonance imaging
Sophia, Shu-hua Yeh / Double Bass, Principal / Manager, CITIBANK, Taipei Branch
Bachelor of Accounting, Chinese Culture University
Principal double bass of Taipei Century Symphony Orchestra
Concert tours to Europe twice
Chia-chen Chang / Double Bass / Occupational Therapy, National Cheng Kung University
Winner of Taiwan Music contest, 1986 - 88, Double Bass
National Cheng Kung University Symphony Orchestra
Yiu-yuan, Chen / Violin, coach
Shih-fei Tseng / Cello, coach
Shih-wen, Huang / Double Bass / Executive assistant
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