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Shao-Chia Lü

Taiwan-born conductor Shao-Chia Lü studied music in Taipei, later at Indiana University in Bloomington, USA, and also at Vienna’s College of Music. His training resulted in first prizes at three renowned international conductor competitions: Besançon (France), Pedrotti (Italy) and Kondrashin (the Netherlands).  

Shao-Chia Lü accepted positions as General Music Director of the Koblenz Theater (1998-2001), the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz (1998-2004) and the Staatsoper Hannover (2001 – 2006). He was also Chief Conductor of the South Denmark Philharmonic from 2014 – 2017.

Shao-Chia Lü appears regularly as guest conductor at several world-renowned opera houses, including Oper Frankfurt, Staatsoper Hamburg and Stuttgart, Deutsche Oper, Komische Oper Berlin, Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne, the English National Opera, Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Den Norske Opera in Oslo and the Gothenburg Opera in Sweden.

Alongside his opera activities, Lü is equally at home on concert podiums. Lü has worked frequently with many leading European orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Münchner Philharmoniker, SWR Stuttgart, Rundfunksinfonieorchster Berlin, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the Göteborg Sinfoniker, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Orchestre National de France. In Asia, Lü has worked with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, NHK, New Japan Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, KBS Symphony Orchestra and the leading orchestras in China.

Shao-Chia Lü was Music Director of the Taiwan Philharmonic (the National Symphony Orchestra) from 2010 to 2020, and has been honored with the title Conductor Emeritus in 2021. He has also held the Distinguished Chair Professor at Taipei National University of the Arts since September 2020.

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Der Dirigent Shao-Chia Lü ist ein Meister der Zwischentöne – und ein begnadeter Dirigent!
(Süddeutsche Zeitung)

…Umso lauter der Jubel über die grandiose musikalische Einstudierung der „Jenufa“ unter Shao-Chia Lü…
(Jürgen Kesting – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

Shao-Chia Lü […] is truly someone special. Soft-spoken and completely without pretensions off the podium, he becomes an extraordinarily expressive figure on stage.
(Richard S. Ginell – American Record Guide)

Finally: a satisfying live performance of the Bruckner 8th from beginning to end. Finally! He [Shao-Chia Lü] is a passionate conductor and an effective communicator…Lü’s style is to maintain energy and tension.
(Neil Shore – Bruckner Journal)