Soloist, professor at the Conservatory of Gennevilliers & founding member of Ensemble 20° dans le noir
Taiwanese flutist Shao-Wei Chou, is a flute professor at the Conservatory of Gennevilliers (suburbs of Paris, France) and a founding member of the Ensemble 20° dans le noir, a Paris-based ensemble championing contemporary music for solo, chamber, and instrumentations. In 2013, Shao-Wei obtained the National Superior Diploma of Professional Musician (DNSPM) from the Pôle d’Enseignement Supérieur de la Musique Seine-Saint-Denis Île-de- France. She has studied with exceptional musicians such as Pierre-Yves Artaud, Patrice Bocquillon, Pierre Dumail, Sophie Deshayes, and Mario Caroli.
In April 2019, Shao-Wei accomplished her first recital tour « place/displace » in California (USA) supported by NCAF (Taiwan) and SACEM (France). Her recital was praised by American composer Mark Applebaum “Shao-Wei Chou is an extraordinarily deft and virtuoso flutist. She handles a remarkable range of idioms. Her range of flute colors is stunning; she is totally fluent in expressive, lyrical modes; her bountiful technical acumen is impressively exacting; and in composed theater situations she is marvelously convincing. I was absolutely delighted to hear her persuasive interpretation of my demanding solo Entre Funérailles IV.”
Her experiences include being selected by the festival Klangspuren with the Ensemble Modern Academy in 2013 and participation in the Impuls Academy in 2015. In 2014, Shao-Wei performed Helmut Lachenmann’s trio “temA” at the festival Présences, Radio France. In the same year, she was chosen as a soloist to perform works by Salvatore Sciarrino, Kaijia Saariaho, and Brain Ferneyhough at the festival Mixtur in Spain. She was invited by the composer Colin Roche to record his pieces “L’intrigante” and “Étate seconde du verre d’eau” for the France Television at the Royal Opera of Versailles in 2017. In addition, she regularly collaborates with the ensemble C Barré and the ensemble Soundinitiative.
Influenced by diverse cultures, she regularly pursues multidisciplinary collaborations. She has received an AGITA grant from the municipal council of Figueres (Spain), and the grant from the National Culture and Arts Foundation of Taiwan to present her new interdisciplinary program « EsacarxofffES!!! » in October 2014. She took part in the dance and music workshop at the Darmstadt Summer Course 2018, working with American choreographer Daniel Linehan and Belgian composer Stefan Prins.
Shao-Wei also presents concerts and lectures in her homeland, Taiwan. Since 2014, she has been collaborating with Taiwanese musicians for her project “Flute Music from the Past and Today”, promoting works of chamber music and works by Taiwanese composers.
Shao-Wei gives also concerts and conferences in her homeland in Taiwan. Since 2014, she has been collaborating with Taiwanese musicians for her projet “Flute Music from the Past and Nowadays” to promote Western music and young composers in Taiwan.