One definite highlight of our trip to Taiwan in April 2010 was meeting and playing with a Dutch/Taiwanese string quartet. I’m not sure they have a name yet, but they certainly have a purpose.
Their purpose is to get together on a regular basis to make music and have fun. When they are ready for a concert, they book a hall, publicise and promote the event, sell tickets, etc. What a joyful way to make music, no strings attached.
Our host, a Dutch violinist whose passions include scuba diving and writing, met us at the Taipei Artist Village after our Rotary Club luncheon in central Taipei. How we came to meet Josine is the subject of another blog, perhaps one that will get featured on LinkedIn as a success story. She became our gateway to everything musical and Dutch in Taiwan.
Around 4 pm, Josine warned us that we would not be able to leave the rehearsal until midnight. There was THAT much music to be played and THAT much fun to be shared.
The Dutch/English cellist welcomed us into her home. While she made tea and coffee, Josine, Robert and I dived into Dutch composer Jacob ter Veldhuis’ TRIO, a piece we had performed with Korean violinist Naeon Kim at Utrecht Conservatory several years earlier.
When Robert took a break, we tried a piano trio with the cellist.
Hungry musicians need to eat. As soon as the viola player and the first violinist arrived, we all went to get dinner. Next door was a typical family-run Szechuan restaurant. It was not decorated by any means. But the food was heavenly. I should have asked for a copy of the bill to remember what was ordered. The viola player took care of it.
After dinner, I succumbed to watching “Finding Nemo” with the kids. There was no need for a piano in Boccherini’s Fandango or Tedesco’s Concerto. I will ask the rest of the musicians to LEAVE A REPLY below, for I fell asleep in the tatami room while they pressed on. It was Robert’s dream come true: to rehearse with a string quartet.