The tuba is the largest and lowest-pitched musical instrument in the brass family. It first appeared in the mid-19th century, making it one of the newer instruments in the modern orchestra and concert band. And while it was developed in Prussia, it has grown in popularity in Asia, in part due to the work of Chih Wei Tang, now a professor of tuba in one of Taiwan’s major universities.
Tang is visiting the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music and, as part of his visit, he will give a solo recital in a special concert at the Arizona Senior Academy on Monday (Oct. 8) beginning at 3:30 p.m.
His ASA program will include diverse stylistic selections from a larger recital he will present at the UA’s Holsclaw Hall at 7:00 p.m. Friday (Oct. 5). That program promises works by a variety of composers including Robert Schumann, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Gang Chen and Anthony Plog.
Tang is a faculty member at National Taitung University. Born in Taitung County in Taiwan, he started taking piano lessons when he was 5 years old. He went to Guangren Catholic Music School for junior and senior high school, majoring in tuba and minoring in piano. He graduated from the Taipei National University of the Arts, one of the top music schools in Taiwan.
During this time, he won first place in the National Youth Solo Tuba Competition and became a well-known soloist in Taiwan. Tang’s chamber group, Impression Brass Quintet, also won first prize in the National Student Competition of Music.
Tang received his Master of Music degree in Musik-Akademic der Stadt in Basel, Switzerland, majoring in tuba performance while studying with Professor David LeClair. During his time in Switzerland, he participated in the contemporary chamber group “Swiss Brass Menagerie,” and performed in the movie festival “Panzekreuzer Potemkin.”
Written by Mike Maharry, Academy Village Volunteer