The garbage trucks in Taiwan always do street cleaning with the music of Beethoven’s Für Elise.
Back in my senior year in college, I went to a Gewandhausorchester concert with Maestro Herbert Blomstedt. They gave the best performance of Schubert’s Ninth Symphony that I’ve ever heard. Starting from then, I wished I could become one of them one day, and I turned to music after my graduation.
This is a tricky one. I believe concerts in the 21st Century should not be restricted in any form. They should be more accessible and entertaining, such as outdoor concerts, crossovers with other fields of art, dining and dancing during performances, and of course traditional types of concerts.
Will Hudgins, my studio teacher at NEC, always encourages me to challenge myself. He is one of the kindest musicians I have ever met and takes good care of all his students.
Mallet Quartet by Steve Reich. It is always a challenge and torture to perform, but the purity and simplicity make it such a beautiful and inspiring piece.
When some audience members told me they liked the performance after a concert, it encouraged me a lot and gave me the biggest energy to keep going on.
Sunset Rollercoaster, an indie music group from Taiwan
Probably an engineer making chips for Apple
I was not majoring in music at college and I never thought of becoming a musician until I worked as a laboratory assistant. I realized being an engineer would not be my lifelong pursuit. I then took my first orchestral private lesson only six months before my audition at NEC. Then I came to the U.S., and eventually I was accepted into TŌN. Everything in music is new to me and I wish I could’ve started doing this earlier!