Müller Chamber Choir
Grand Prix - 9th International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival and Competition 2015
Champions of the Male Chamber Choirs - 9th World Choir Games 2016
Founded in 1999, Müller Chamber Choir is a 30-strong male choir that aims to introduce the finest blend of male choral sound to the choral scene. Since 2013, the choir is led by Meng-Hsien Peng as conductor and artistic director and has achieved prestige as one of Taiwan’s foremost choral groups.
The youthful male choir participated in the 9th International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival and Competition in July 2015. It was named category winner in Folk, Sacred and Male Choir categories and took home the Grand Prix. The choir’s competition pieces stood out as richly varied and sophisticated, garnering high praise from the panel of judges with respect to musical interpretation and artistry.
In July of the following year, the choir went on to participate in the 9th World Choir Games 2016: Champions Competition, receiving gold medals in Male Chamber Choirs, Musica Sacra a cappella and Musica Contemporanea categories. Notably, the Taiwanese choir was declared Champion of the Male Chamber Choirs category with a record high score of 97.38. Out of 20+ choirs competing in the Musica Sacra a cappella category, the male choral group came in a close second, with a slight margin of 0.12 points against top score. INTERKULTUR world rankings as of November 2017 place Müller Chamber Choir #3 among top 1000 choirs and #1 in the Chamber Choirs & Vocal Ensembles category.
In July 2017, the choir had the honor to sing in Singapore International Choral Festival as feature choir, the performance of which was streamed live over the Internet for global viewers. At the invitation of Malaysia Sin Chew Daily, the male choir later held another concert in Kuala Lumpur. In the same month, it travelled to Fuzhou, China to give a full-length concert in the 1st Cross-strait Choral Seminar.
Müller Chamber Choir takes upon itself the mission to create a distinctive Taiwanese male voice repertoire. Since 2011, it has commissioned composers and writers to collaborate on projects with the potential to bring out the multi-faceted depth and richness of the male choral soundscape. The completed productions include Requiem pro Amor (2011), Literature via Music (2012), Compose and Sing: Music of Our Land (2013), Songs of the Isles (2014), Wish I (2016), and Wish II (2017).
Artistic Director & Conductor
Meng-Hsien Peng is one of the executive directors of Taiwan Choral Association, an INTERKULTUR jury member for international choral competition, artistic advisor to Fujian Association of Art and Education, artistic director and conductor of Müller Chamber Choir and NTU EMBA Chorus, president and artistic director of Rong Shing Children Chorus, conductor of Rong Shing Women’s Chorus, and conductor of The Voice of Great Love Chorus.
In recent years her international engagements have called for extensive trips to choral events all over the world. She received invitation from INTERKULTUR to serve on the jury panel of the 5th Canta al mar 2016 - Festival Coral Internacional in Barcelona, Spain in Fall 2016, and of the Grand Prix of Nations; 3rd European Choir Games Riga 2017, a choral festivity attended by thousands of singers and a total of 161 choirs.
Under her leadership, Müller Chamber Choir participated in the 9th International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival and Competition in 2015 and the 9th World Choir Games 2016: Champions Competition, winning gold medals in various categories with record high scores. In world rankings released by INTERKULTUR as of November 2017, Müller Chamber Choir tops the Chamber Choirs; Vocal Ensembles category.
In July 2017, she was guest lecturer in the 1st Cross-strait Choral Seminar held in Fuzhou, China, and conducted Müller Chamber Choir as feature choir of Singapore International Choral Festival: SICF 2017. In September, she gave a talk on “Achieving an appealing choral blend” at the invitation of Taichung Artist Chamber Choir; in October, she was engaged by Hunan Musician Association – Choral Committee to participate in the 4th International Choral Arts Workshop as lecturer in Hunan, China. In July 2018, Peng will sit on the jury panel of the 1st Taipei International Choral Competition (TICC) organized by Taipei Philharmonic Foundation. Dedicated to promoting the art of choral music, she is the recipient of Distinguished Teaching Award (2012) and Arts Contribution Award (2016) presented by the Ministry of Education in appreciation of her extraordinary efforts in music education. Peng was awarded conductor prize in the choral competition of the 2011 Taiwan International Contemporary A Cappella Festival.
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