Dirk DuHei, ARTISTIC DIERCTOR
Dirk DuHei, who won the National Culture and Art Prize in 1997, is devoted music education and choral music. Although born in China, he received his Master of Music in conducting at the University of Illinois, U.S.A., and then returned to Taiwan to become actively involved in choral directing.
Since 1983 Dirk DuHei has been the permanent Music Director and conductor of the Taipei Philharmonic Chorus. In 1988 he launched the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation for Culture and Education to promote choral and other musical activities in Taiwan. This foundation has over these years been involved in presenting hundreds of famous artists and ensembles, both local and foreign. And the foundation has successfully promoted for international cultural exchange such as the “Taipei International Choral Festival”, “Taipei Philharmonic Summer Festival”, “Taipei Philharmonic International Music Workshop”.
Dirk DuHei contributes to the musical life of Taiwan by premiering new pieces and organizing educational performances and seminars. He has often been invited to be a member of the jury at prestigious international choral competitions (Fulda, Germany; Riva Del Garda, Italy; Budapest, Hungary; Sydney, Australia; Hong Kong to name a few). From England to Australia, Korea to the U.S.A, Dirk DuHei and his chamber choir have performed at various international festivals with enormous success.
He is currently Artistic Director of the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation for Culture and Education, Music Director of the Taipei Philharmonic Chorus, Chamber Choir, Taiwan Youth Choir, Taipei Philharmonic Theater, Taipei Philharmonic Opera Studio and conductor of the Taipei Women’s Singing Society.