The Norwegian Oystein Baadsvik (born 1966) had many young fans in Taiwan after his fourth visit last year, invited by his Swedish friend and conductor Christian Lindberg and Taipei Symphony Orchestra (TSO).
He has earlier played in the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra at National Concert Hall, Taipei: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxQZwWJ550U. So far he has released 10 solo albums and is the world’s only full-time freelance tuba soloist.
Taiwan celebrates national day in October with a 20-tuba band marching in front of the presidential office building.
Taipei Symphony Orchestra (TSO) stays at ZhungShan Hall, the former Presidential and Governmental Building, and has performed operas, ballets, symphonies and film music over the years. Christian Lindberg (with white shirt) from Sweden has conducted TSO a dozen times. I have enjoyed watching him taking the orchestra to world class heights. As VIP guest musicians, both Scandinavians used as dressing room the room (top photo) where former president Chiang Kai-shek received Richard Nixon, President of USA.
After the concert students lined up to get an autograph and photo with the famous Norwegian.
Zhong Shan Hall is next to Ximending, the well known youth area of Taipei. But that is not the only reason the concert hall was filled with young people. All tuba teachers I Taipei had invited their students to listen to and meet the most famous tuba player in the world.
His well-known works is Fnugg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0qIL2ie-VE
His website: http://www.baadsvik.com
Mr. Geir Yeh Fotland – Taiwan National Correspondent NORWAY NEWS.com
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