Taipei Chinese Orchestra (TCO), the first professional Chinese orchestra

from Taiwan, will begin its European tour with a performance at

Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall in the evening of 15 June. The TCO

will perform jointly with Dame Evelyn Glennie, the legendary Scottish

percussionist and composer. The performance includes works from Oscar

winner Tan Dun’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Northwest Suite,

originally commissioned by the TCO.

Since its foundation in 1979, the TCO has staged over 50 regular

concerts annually, as well as collaborating with world-renowned music

masters, and performing in over 20 countries across Asia, Europe and

the Americas. The TCO has won international recognition in recent

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years for its outstanding performance, with the Swedish BIS Records, a

leading record company for classical music in Scandinavia, distributing

its albums worldwide. Its Whirling Dance released by the BIS Records

in 2009 won the “Jury Award” and the “Best Traditional Music Album

Award” at the Taiwan 21st Golden Melody Awards in 2010.

Dame Evelyn Glennie, despite losing nearly all of her hearing by age

12, is the first successful full-time solo percussionist in the 20th-century

music history. She has released over 28 CDs and received over 86

international awards to date, including the Grammy. In 2007, she was

awarded Dame Commander of the British Empire. Her collaborations

with celebrated performers include Kodo, Bela Fleck, Bjork, Bobby

McFerrin, Sting, Emmanuel Ax and Kings Singers.

For the performance information, please visit:

http://www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk/performance/18780.aspx

Taipei Chinese Orchestra website:

http://english.tco.taipei.gov.tw/np.asp?ctNode=10876&mp=119042

TCO’s joint performance with Dame Evely Glennie for the 21st Summer

Deaflympics in Taipei 2009:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT_qSPB17Ts

Dame Evelyn Glennie website:

http://www.evelyn.co.uk/evelyn-glennie.html#evelyn-glennie.html

http://www.ted.com/speakers/evelyn_glennie.html