Taiwanese choir groups win big at Busan Choral Festival


SEOUL — Two choirs from Taiwan won gold medals at the 2013 Busan Choral Festival and Competition, which ended Saturday night in the port city on the southeastern tip of the Korean Peninsula.

The Cheng Gong High School choir from Taipei won the top prize in the Children & Youth category, and the Taipei Youth Choir, which consisted mainly of alumni from Cheng Gong High School, was awarded the gold medal in the classical mixed category.

Meanwhile, Nieh Yen-hsiang, the conductor of both choirs, received the best conductor award.

Republic of China President Ma Ying-jeou and Vice President Wu Den-yih each extended their congratulations to the Taiwanese winners through Taipei’s representative office in Busan.

This ninth festival was held Oct. 14-19, bringing together more than 500 people in different choirs from 12 countries to compete in six categories, including classical mixed, classical equal, senior, ethnic, acapella ensemble, and children and youth.