Saturday, 17 May 2014

Rising Star

Lio Kuok-man welding the baton
We're thrilled to hear a local conductor will be joining the Philadelphia Orchestra as assistant conductor starting in the 2014-2015 season.

Macanese Lio Kuok-man is 32 years old and a graduate of the Hong Kong Arts Academy in Wan Chai.

"It has been my dream to work with the Philadelphia Orchestra ever since I first heard their live performance in Hong Kong when I was a student," he said.

Lio is also an accomplished piano soloist
The American orchestra is a prestigious one that belongs to an elite group that includes that of New York, Cleveland, Boston and Chicago. The Philadelphia Orchestra was also the first to visit China in 1973.

Meanwhile according to the Hong Kong Philharmonic website, Lio is not only a conductor, but also piano soloist and chamber musician.

Lio graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music with a double major in conducting and harpsichord, and before that did a master's degree in piano performance at Julliard School.

Since then Lio has performed with the who's who of musical greats from James Levine and Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit and Pinchas Zukerman.

Seems like the only way is up for Lio and we look forward to watching him perform someday...

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