Formosa Chamber Music Festival
In August 2013 the Formosa Quartet launches its first annual Formosa Chamber Music Festival. The Festival is a music camp modeled after the Ravinia, Taos, and Marlboro summer festivals and represents one of the quartet’s more important missions: to bring high-level chamber music training to talented young musicians in Taiwan as well as first-rate music to Taiwanese audiences.
The camp is open to young musicians of all nationalities, ages 16-26. Interested students may apply online. Pianist Helen Huang and violist Robert Meyer will join the quartet members as faculty. The camp will take place every August over a course of 2 weeks on the campus of National Dong Hwa University in the scenic county of Hualien, culminating in final student and faculty concerts in Hualien, Tainan, and Taipei.
The Quartet toured Taipei and Hualien in the summer of 2012 to raise awareness and funding for the festival, playing for audiences and influentials such as former Taiwanese president Lee Deng Hui. Funding for the camp will be provided in part from the government of Taiwan, with the remainder to come from individual donations.
The Formosa Quartet counts as its foremost mission a desire to 1) bring fresh music — whether old or new — to audiences world-wide, played by 4 individually outstanding musicians who share a profound chemistry and common heritage; and 2) to champion Taiwanese/Chinese music & promote the arts in its homeland of Taiwan.
For more information about FCMF, to make a donation, or to apply, please contact us here, or visit FCMF.com.tw.