Alumni Wilbur Lin was invited to conduct at El Salvador
The ProArte Association of El Salvador held the concert of Youth Symphony Orchestra which include the participation of guest conductor Wilbur Lin, the event took place from September 26th to 30th. Wilbur Lin, graduated from NTNU in 2011, currently reside in Indiana. During his stay, he will give master class, demonstration and help La Orquesta Sinfonica Juvenil de El Salvador, OSJ in the preparation of two concerts.
Wilbur Lin is a Taiwanese-American conductor, harpsichordist, and pianist currently residing in Indiana. His recent highlights include assisting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and National Taiwan Symphony orchestras, guest engagement with Ensemble ISCM-Taiwan, and directing Chamber Philharmonic Taipei’s Bach Series. Wilbur has held the position of Lord Rhode’s Scholar from 2013-2014 and was the recipient of Mortimer Furber Prize for Conducting in 2013 and 2014 at Royal Northern College of Music. He was among the finalists of assistant conductor auditions at Guiyang Symphony Orchestra (China) and Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra and has also made it to the semi-final round of Cadaques International Conducting Competition in 2013.
The first concert of Wilbur Lin and OSJ was held on September 29th at the Auditorium of Fepade. Elda Gladis Tobar Ortiz and her family, officials from the foreign affairs, and press, a total of 200 people all came to the concert.
The concert includes Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 and four pieces of "Taiwan Pictures”, and ended with the song Sa El Carbonero, which is familiar to local people. When the curtain called, all the guests standing ovation and shouted encore.
ROC Ambassador to El Salvador LEE, SING-YING speech before the opening of the concert, said Wen Huabu funded by the Republic of China, Taiwan is pleased to see the excellent musicians exchange and SA National Youth Orchestra of Taiwan and promote its music.
Ambassador Lee Sing Ying at El Salvador toasted before the concert started. He said that it’s a great opportunity to see an outstanding musician from Taiwan to come to Salvador and work with OSJ.
Ambassador Lee also said that the concert is for the National Independence Day of Salvatore and the Double Tenth Day of Taiwan. He also took the opportunity to thank the country all walks of life support and assistance during his three-year incumbent. The concert is for music lovers in Salvador as blessings and thanks before he leaves.
Ms. Krissia Alquilar, on behalf of Pro Arte Association board of directors, said the association was founded 21 years ago, committed to providing adolescent health, quality of music learning opportunities. Thanks to the funding of ROC government, OSJ orchestra is honored to receive the guidance from Wilbur Lin and know the music of Taiwan.