TAIPEI (The China Post) – CTBC Commercial Bank, a long-time supporter of the arts and culture, held the “CTBC Musical Miscellany” at CTBC Financial Park on Dec. 14. The event featured the winners of the U.S. Juilliard School of Music’s Mitzi Foundation scholarship, namely pianist Evan Shinners and baritone vocalist Äneas Humm, who brought a world-class musical performance to Taiwan.
Chao Chin Tung, Chairman of CTBC Bank, Guo Shi Chen, Chairman of CTBC Investments; Zhi Gang Wang, Chairman of CTBC Capital International Corporation Ltd., Zhen Yi Wu, General Manager of CTBC Financial Holding Co. Ltd., Guo Ji Tsai, General Manager of Taiwan Lottery Co. Ltd., Chang Xing Zhuo, Chief secretary of CTBC Financial Holding and Lin Jui Hui, the wife of Lien Sung Ku, founder of CTBC Financial Holding, were among the 200 people in attendance. Together, they spent a beautiful afternoon of harmony and music.
Pianist Evan Shinners, who came to Taiwan for the eighth time to attend “CTBC Musical Miscellany,” is an expert in interpreting traditional Bach music. On this occasion, he played “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and “Sheep may safely graze” from Bach’s classic repertoire, offering a beautiful and smooth piano performance that touched the audience.
The event did not only feature top classical music, but also unique electronic music. Shinners was praised by The New York Times as a classical pianist who is good at combining classical and popular music styles. He opened a “Bach Shop” in New York for one month, with superb piano performance skills, performing Bach music live for 30 days without interruption.
The other performer, baritone vocalist Äneas Humm, who visited Taiwan for the first time to attend “CTBC Musical Miscellany,” is quite popular in Europe. For the occasion, he performed various excerpts from George Frideric Handel’s opera “Ombra Mai Fu,” “Serse,” and “Papageno,” as well as excerpts from Mozart’s “Magic Flute” and “Come Paride vezzoso,” and “L’elisir d’amore” from Donizetti.
The many famous songs were a delight for the amateurs of classical music that provided musical warmth to all participants in the cold winter afternoon.
Evan Shinners and Äneas Humm won the Mitzi Foundation Scholarship from 2009 to 2010 and 2018-2019, and have been performing around the world. The Mitzi Foundation Scholarship has sponsored many music students who have later attracted media attention globally and participated in world-class orchestras around the world.
By The China Post staff