AKS 2016 Featured Performer: Formosa Singers

Formosa Singers 福爾摩沙合唱團 @ AKS 2016

About the Formosa Singers | 福爾摩沙合唱團

成立於1994 年的福爾摩沙合唱團為台灣最活躍的合唱團隊。由留美合唱指揮蘇慶俊,於1994年回國後創團至今,以推廣優質台灣合唱音樂、追求精緻化合唱藝術為成立宗旨。

福爾摩沙合唱團致力於豐富台灣歌謠的內涵,將台灣從傳統到現代的旋律,賦予新的聲音與生命力。屢屢入圍並獲金曲獎肯定的十餘張CD,和兩百餘首已出版的混聲和同聲合唱曲譜,是合唱團一步一腳印,為台灣合唱文化努力耕耘下的傲人成績。

做為台灣最好的合唱團之一,自2002 年起,每年皆獲選為「文化部演藝團隊發展扶植計劃」的專業團隊,多次應邀於國內外藝術節表演,深獲好評。足跡遍及美國、加拿大、澳洲、日本、馬來西亞等地。2005 年8 月參加「第21 屆寶塚國際室內合唱比賽」,榮獲混聲組金牌、男聲組金牌以及女聲組銀牌。2007 年8 月受邀於日本「輕井澤合唱音樂節」(Karuizawa Choral Festival)演出,並擔任指揮大師班範唱團體。2008 年10 月,福爾摩沙合唱團應邀參加歐洲六

大賽之一的西班牙第40 屆TOLOSA 合唱大賽(40th TOLOSA Choral Contest),2012 年7 月受邀前往馬來西亞參加「馬來西亞華人文化節-驚艷人聲演唱會」;2013 年1 月再度獲邀於馬來西亞參加「華人文化藝術節-驚艷人聲沙巴行」巡迴演出;同年7 月受邀前往美國參加密蘇拉國際合唱音樂節(International Choral Festival in Mis soula, Montana, USA),2015年11月受邀前往澳門參加國際合唱聯盟(IFCM)所主辦的世界合唱博覽會(World Choral EXPO)展演,是台灣唯一受邀的合唱團(Invited Choir)這些都是台灣的好聲音被國際聽見的最佳機會。

保持多元的音樂風格,是福爾摩沙合唱團持續進步的動力。自1997 年起,陸續邀請國際知名音樂家合作演出,包括伯恩斯坦最為推崇的合唱大師 Joseph Flum merfelt、德國的 Martin Behrmann、澳洲的 Stephen Leek、瑞典的 Gary Graden、美國的Anton Armstrong、William Dehning、Jo-Michael Scheibe、菲律賓的 Jonathan Velasco、日本的田中信昭、松下耕、太田務、韓國的金喜徹 (Heechurl Kim)、匈牙利的 KISS Katalin、委內瑞拉的 Maria Guinand 等等;除了音樂會的合作外,並曾委託松下耕、Stephen Leek 和菲律賓的作曲家 Francisco F. Feliciano,為福爾摩沙合唱團量身改編多首台灣歌謠合唱曲。

做為台灣合唱音樂的品牌,福爾摩沙合唱團以現代又古典的方式表現台灣合唱歌謠,是緣自於對土地的情感,也緣自於血液裡那股向世人宣示自身文化的使命感。

 

Formosa Singers

Founded in 1994 by Julian Su Ching-Chun, Formosa Singers is one of the most active of choirs in Taiwan. The choir’s founding mission is to promote quality Taiwanese choral music and pursue the refinement of choral arts.

Formosa Singers’ dedication to enriching the spirit of Taiwanese folksong has led to new sounds and given a new lease of life to traditional and modern Taiwan music spanning over a century. Over a dozen CD albums have seen nominations and awards from the Golden Melody Awards held by the Ministry of Culture. The choir has published over two hundred choral scores for mixed and equal voices and are testimony to the fruits of Formosa Singers’ progressive labours.

As one of the best choir groups in Taiwan, Formosa Singers is an annual recipient of the Arts Group Development Grant by the Ministry of Culture since 2002 for their professional work. The choir is internationally recognised and has been invited to perform at numerous festivals worldwide. The countries visited include the US, Canada, Spain, Australia, Japan, etc. It entered the 21st Takarazuka International Chamber Chorus Contest in August 2005 and won the golden medal of mixed chorus, golden medal of male chorus, and silver medal of female chorus. The choir was also invited to the 7th World Symposium on Choral Music in Kyoto, Japan. In August 2007, it was invited to perform at Karuizawa Choral Festival in Japan, and was the demonstration choir for the conducting masterclass. In October 2008, it was invited to join the European Grand Prix , at the 40th TOLOSA choral contest in Spain. In August 2012, it was invited to perform at Malaysian Chinese Culture Festival. In July 2013, it was invited to perform at Missoula International Choral Festival in Montana, US. In November 2015, It was invited to perform at IFCM World Choral EXPO in Macao.

Exploring diverse music styles has been Formosa Singers’ momentum for growth. Since 1997, renowned international musicians including Leonard Bernstein’s highly esteemed choir maestro Joseph Flummerfelt, Anton Armstrong, Maria Guinand, William Dehning, Martin Behrmann, Stephen Leek, Gary Graden, Jonathan Velasco, Jo-Michael Scheibe, Nobuaki Tanaka, Ko Matsushita, Tsutomu Ota, Heechurl Kim, Katalin Kiss, have been invited to join performances. Apart from concert collaborations, Ko Matsushita (Japan), Stephen Leek (Australia) and Francisco F. Feliciano (Philippines) have also adapted and tailored several Taiwanese folksongs for the Formosa Singers.

As the advocate of Taiwan choral music, Formosa Singers presents Taiwanese folksongs in a mixture of classical and modern styles. Their love for the land inspires them to sing unique Taiwanese tunes and demonstrates to the world, their pride for their culture.