From Paris to Taidong, from the serene beauty of River Seine to the majestic Pacific Ocean, enchanting fingers of music touch one’s heart, all senses awaken.
Music is supposed to be happy, engaging, and free flowing. In Taiwan, the keyword associated with music is "success". Children learn music to get ahead, the stress of competition takes away the joy of music. Zhi-Yuan Ying, a violin teacher with more than fifteen years experience, knows better. He started to promote music education which allows children to follow their artistic instincts and flourish naturally.
In Taipei City Center’s Methodist Pastoral Charge, a dream music school was founded by Mr. Ying, who named it "Tone Shine Village". He gathered his music colleagues and students to establish the Tone Shine Symphony Orchestra which give public performances for free and without fanfare.
Tone Shine Village, Taidong County Government and Alliance co-hosted "Tone Shine Trio 2011" at Taidong County’s Performing Arts Center. The master classes and concerts attracted more than seven hundred people.
Tone Shine Trio was co-founded by renowned cellist, Alain Meunier of France, and his two prodigies, pianist Yun-Yang Lee and violinist Chiu-Jan Ying. Since 2007, the trio appeared at Taipei's Tone Shine Village every February and March. With a series of master classes and concerts, they shared with the audience a common love of music. Each year, Mr. Meunier travels to Taiwan to perform and teach simply to bring his love of music to its people.
Sadly just a week before the 2011 concert, Mr. Meunier had to cancel due to health reasons. His two prodigies, along with cellist Lo Yao Kao, originally from the Amis tribe in Taidong, brought the concert to Taidong. The enchanting finger tips of these young musicians dazzled and delighted the Taidong audience. "Tone Shine Trio 2011" captivated eastern Taiwan with warm and bright music.