Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “a startling conducting talent”, Lio Kuokman was the laureate at 2014 Svetlanov International Conducting Competition. Lio served as Assistant Conductor to Music Director Yannick Nézet-Seguin at the Philadelphia Orchestra, the first Chinese conductor to be appointed in this position in the history of the orchestra. He is currently Programme Director of the Macao International Music Festival.
Lio has worked with many leading orchestras around the world including the Philadelphia, Detroit Symphony, Radio France Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and Moscow Philharmonic orchestras. Engagements over the past season included debuts and re-invitatins with the Russian National Symphony, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, Hiroshima Symphony, Kyoto Symphony, Taiwan Philharmonic and Latvian National Symphony orchestras.
Passionate in opera repertoire, he has conducted many productions including Turandot, Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, and was invited by Valery Gergiev at the Mariinsky Theatre to conduct Rimsky-Kosarkov’s The Maid of Pskov. As a pianist, he has performed as soloist with many orchestras including the Salzburg Camerata and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
Lio graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory. Lio is a founding member and the President of the Macao Chamber Music Association. He has received Certificate of Commendation and Medal of Cultural Merit from both governments of Hong Kong and Macao.