Country / Pays : Management : France
Conductor : Conductor

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Biography :

"Chien, ein Meister der Umsicht" ("Chien, a comprehensive Master")
"Chien, für alle Mitwirkenden fraglos ein lebendes Navigationssystem, war ein Meister der Umsicht, und die Symphoniker arbeiteten ein ums andere Mal kostbare Details der Partitur heraus."
Wolfgram Goertz, Rheinische Post

Born in Taipei in 1967, Wen-Pin Chien began to study violin, piano and composition at an early age. In 1988 he graduated from the Taiwan Academy of Arts summa cum laude with major in piano, and moving on to complete his master’s degree in conducting a the National University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, 1990-1994.

Chien won the first prize at the International La Bottega Conducting Competition in Treviso, Italy, 1992, the second prize in Douai, France, 1994, and was awarded the only Special Mention in the first Leonard Bernstein Jerusalem International Conducting Competition in Israel, 1995. He participated in the Pacific Music Festival (PMF) in Sapporo, Japan as an assistant to artistic directors Michael Tilson Thomas and Christoph Eschenbach. In the following year he conducted the PMF Orchestra on tour and made his debut with the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra in 1997. From 1998 to 2004, Chien was the Resident Conductor of the PMF Orchestra. As a guest conductor, Chien has worked with orchestras in Italy, Czech, Russia, France, Japan, Germany and Taiwan.

Appointed to the Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in 2001, Wen-Pin Chien was the central artistic force behind the recent innovative seasons. Under his direction, the orchestra has successfully created the annual Subscription Concerts and celebrated it’s 20th anniversary with Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, the four-operas cycle first-ever presented in the Chinese speaking areas and received highly praise from international press and critics. His other position includes Kapellmeister (Resident Conductor) of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein since 1996/1997 season.

Already in his late teens by the invitation of the Taipei Music Festival, Chien took part in its opera performances. He also conducted the Wiener Kammeroper in 1995-1996. Recent highlights with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein included the world premiere of Beuys by Franz Hummel (the same production also presented in the Wiener Festwochen in June 1998), the German premiere of Drei Schwestern by Peter Eötvös, Richard III by Giorgio Battistelli, and the world premiere of Eleni Karaindrou’s ballet Phaedra, as well as many revived productions, especially Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, the same piece he also conducted at De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam in April 1998. In June 2007, he conducted the tour production of Der Rosenkavalier of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Taipei. In March 2009, Chien conducted the new production of Schönberg’s Moses und Aron at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, his archievement with the orchestra, chorus and more than twenty soloists has been highly reviewed by renown critics. Wolfram Goertz, the senior critic of the Rheinische Post, praised the production for “The beauty at this excellent performance of atonal music was that one did not notice its degree at complexity anymore - because the performance relieved new expression.” In the 2011/12 season,  Chien will conduct new production of Le rossignol by Igor Stravinsky, The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten, as well as the world premiere of Mörder Kaspar Brand by Anno Schreier at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.

Chien also appeared as a guest conductor at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Komische Oper Berlin, Opernhaus Graz, Theater Bonn and the Grand Théâtre de Genève. In 2012 he will make his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London.

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