“… luminous performance with tremendous energy level, …. good orchestral sound” is what the jurors of the American Prize Award wrote about the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra. This young orchestra, at the inauguration of its 7th season, has been honored with 2nd place in the 2010 American Prize Award competition in Orchestral Performance in the Community Orchestral Division. The orchestra was founded by and is under the direction of the internationally-renowned conductor and Steinway Artist Chiu-Tze Lin. It consists of professional musicians, gifted amateurs, and outstanding young music students. A salient feature of the ensemble is its diverse repertoire, which includes timeless classics, popular Broadway arrangements, and multi-cultural music. The Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra also includes numerous chamber groups, such as its strings ensemble, wind ensemble, brass quintet, and string quartet. The orchestra, together with its ensembles, are available to provide musical services to the community.
In the short interval since the founding of the orchestra, the ensembles of the orchestra have already performed for dignitaries such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and at the Luminaria Ceremony of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life program, fundraising events for the Multiple Sclerosis Awareness, and various celebration and banquet events. The orchestra has also been invited to perform in concerts series sponsored other arts and civic organizations.
The Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra has four programs a year in its concert season: a Season-Opening Concert in September, a Holiday Concert in December, a Family Concert in March, and a Spring Concert. The orchestra also sponsors an annual Young Artists Competition, with the winners performing in the Spring concert.
The chamber groups of the orchestra collaborate with organizations like the Arts Council of Princeton, and Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County to celebrate the unique cultural heritage of our community. The orchestra expanded to include a Youth Orchestra in 2010, and a Summer Music Festival in 2013.