Currently the Music Director of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Lio Kuokman is equally sought after as a conductor, pianist and chamber musician. He has served as Assistant Conductor to Yannick Nézet-Seguin at the Philadelphia Orchestra, the first Chinese conductor in this position in the history of the orchestra. Lio, the laureate at the Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in Paris, has worked with many leading orchestras around the world including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Radio France Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic and Danish National Symphony Orchestra.
Recent highlights include debuts with the NHK Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, a new opera production of Puccini’s La bohème in Hong Kong, Vail festival with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a celebration concert conducting the HK Phil with the presence of the President of China Xi Jinping.
Lio has conducted in many opera productions including L’elisir d’amore, Pagliacci, Turandot, Il Trovatore, Rigoletto, Carmen and was invited by Maestro Valery Gergiev to be the guest conductor at the Mariinsky theatre conducting Rimsky-Kosarkov’s The Maid of Pskov.
Lio received his degree from the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory. He has studied with Otto-Werner Mueller and Hugh Wolff and in master-classes coached by Sir Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas, James Levine, Christopher Eschenbach and Alan Gilbert.
Lio is a founding member and the President of the Macao Chamber Music Association. For his contributions to the development of arts and culture, Lio has received Certificate of Commendation and Medal of Cultural Merit from both governments of Hong Kong and Macao.