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2019 Asia, October 27-30: Philadelphia—New York—Taipei

October 30, 2019

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestra embarked on their 2019 Tour of Asia this week, bringing their remarkable artistry to Taipei, Kyoto, Tokyo, Incheon (a debut performance), and Seoul, with pianists Haochen Zhang and Seong-Jin Cho and violinist Lisa Batiashvili as soloists. “We are proud to be ‘Your Philadelphia Orchestra’ not just in our beloved Philadelphia communities and across the country, but also around the globe,” said Yannick. “We look forward to reconnecting with audiences in Asia as we collaborate with incredible soloists to share the joy of music on our journey.”  

Violinist Paul Arnold loads his luggage onto the bus at the Kimmel Center that took musicians to John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Violist Marvin Moon (left) and violinist Daniel Han at the Kimmel Center.

The musicians arrive at Kennedy International Airport around 11:30 PM. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Violinist Elina Kalendarova and cellist Alex Veltman ran into conductor Valery Gergiev at the airport. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Principal Trombone Nitzan Haroz finds his seat. The 16-hour direct flight to Taipei took off at 1:20 AM. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Bass player Duane Rosenberg and his wife, Dawn, settle in for the long flight. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

During the flight there were many who were unable to sleep and took advantage of the numerous entertainment options. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Principal Percussion Christopher Deviney (top photo) and violist Marvin Moon toward the end of the 16-hour flight. Photos by Todd Rosenberg

The tour party upon arrival at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, at 5:30 AM. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

A representative from the tour presenter waits to greet the musicians. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Bass clarinetist Paul Demers, horn players Ernesto Tovar, and violinist Elina Kalendarova on one of the busses waiting to leave for the one-hour ride to the hotel. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Some of the beautiful scenery on the trip from the airport to the hotel. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Finally, arrival at the hotel. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Violinist William Polk and Assistant Principal Viola Kerri Ryan FaceTime their family back home. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

A second flight that left from Philadelphia at 6:00 AM on October 28 arrives at the hotel in Taipei at 8:30 PM. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

A porter helps unload an instrument case. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Originally from Taiwan, violist Che-Hung Chen couldn’t wait to show some of his fellow musicians some of the local cuisine at Fuhang Soy Milk: (l to r) violinist Julia Li, Assistant Principal Cello Yumi Kendall, Che-Hung, and violinist Christine Lim. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Che-Hung, Christine, Julia, and Yumi recreate the famous Beatles pose on a street in Taipei. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

The foursome also checked out a local market. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Violinist Elina Kalendarova took advantage of a free day to visit the Taipei Confucius Temple. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

The Taipei Confucius Temple is the only Confucius temple in Taiwan to contain southern Fujian-style ceramic adornments. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

English horn player Elizabeth Masoudnia joined Elina at the Temple. Here she burns some incense. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

The Taipei Confucius Temple was originally built in 1879, but during the Japanese era it was totally demolished. The Temple was rebuilt in 1930. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Violist Anna Marie Ahn Petersen and Principal Flute Jeffrey Khaner opted for foot massages on their free day. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Violist Che-Hung Chen undergoes a traditional cupping treatment. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Some of the local cuisine. Photos by Todd Rosenberg

Associate Principal Cello Priscilla Lee. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

Co-Principal Trombone Matthew Vaughn celebrated his birthday with some stinky tofu. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

(L to r): Associate Principal Cello Priscilla Lee, violinist Yu-Ting Chen, Vice President of Communications Ashley Berke, violinist Hirono Oka, violinist Barbara Govatos, violist Che-Hung Chen, and Co-Principal Trombone Matthew Vaughn gathered to celebrate Matt’s birthday. Photo by Todd Rosenberg

A nearly deserted street at the end of the day. Photo by Todd Rosenberg