Taiwan-born conductor Yao-Yu Wu began his conducting learning in Taipei National University of Arts, continue with Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien.
In 2013, Wu won the Grand Prix de Direction (First Prize) of the 53rd Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors, also Coup de Coeur L’Orchestre (Prize from Orchestra) and Coup de Coeur du Public (Prize from Public). After this competition, Wu began his career by cooperated with numerous world-known orchestras.
In recent years his cooperated orchestras included Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestre de Lorraine, National Orchestre de Bordeaux, Macao Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra...etc. The cooperated artists included: Alexie Volodin, Oliver Charlier, Tzimon Barto, Nemanja Radulovic, Jakub Jakowicz, Jean-Daniel Bugaj, Men-Chieh Liu, Yu-Chien Tseng, Wu-Man, Wen-Sinn Yang...etc. He was invited to conduct St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra at St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall in 2014, and presented a series of concert tours with Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire in 2018.
Wu is also an energetic opera conductor. He has recently conducted Bellini’s La Sonnambula (2013), Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel (2014), and Puccini’s Tosca (2019).
As a young generation conductor, Wu popularized music with enthusiasm, especially for children. For his influence on young person, he was named by Perform and Arts Magazine as “2013 People of the Year in Music”, and nominated by government as candidate of Ten Outstanding Young Persons in 2014.
In 2020, Wu accepted the position of chief conductor of Taipei Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
I-Ching Li│Professor, Taipei National University of Arts
A native of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, violinist I-Ching Li began her violin studies at age of nine. I-Ching has been praised for her depth of insight, virtuosity and creative flair. Her virtuosic performances had gained her top prizes at numerous competitions, both as a soloist and chamber musician. She started her position at the Taiwan Philharmonic (National Symphony Orchestra) first as the associate concertmaster in 2002, and from 2004-2019 serving as the concertmaster, in 2019 she was offered the professorship at the Taipei National University of Arts.
I-Ching has appeared under the baton of some of the worlds’ premier conductors. She enjoyed having a multifaceted career as soloist, orchestra member, chamber musician, teacher, and most important of all, a Mom.
Being a mother, I-Ching recently devoted herself on children music education pro- grams. She has co-produced and perform in the NSO Kids Concert series
After being in the music business for more than a decade. I-Ching decided to devote herself into inspiring the young generations, from the babies to the going-to-be professionals.
National Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1986, the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), also known as Taiwan Philharmonic, became the resident orchestra of the National Concert Hall, and an artistic affiliate of the National Performing Arts Center in April 2014. The orchestra has benefited from the leadership of many music directors and principal conductors, including Gerard Akoka, Urs Schneider, Tsang-Houei Hsu, Da-Shen Chang, Jahja Ling, Wen-Pin Chien, Güther Herbig and Shao-Chia Lü. The NSO works regularly with internationally acclaimed musicians, including Lorin Maazel, K. Penderecki, Rudolf Barshai, Kek-Tjiang Lim, G. Schwarz, Uri Mayer, Joseph Silverstein, Leonard Slatkin, Christopher Hogwood, Christopher Poppen and many others. Tour performances were also regularly offered throughout Taiwan and in overseas, in places such as Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Sapporo, Tokyo, Yokohama, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Costa Mesa, and Vancouver.
高大宜：《加蘭塔舞曲》 Zoltán Kodály: Dances of Galánta
顏名秀：《補天穿》為小提琴與管絃樂團 (客家委員會委託創作，世界首演) Ming-Hsiu Yen: NU WA for violin and orchestra
德沃札克：第九號交響曲《新世界》 Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.95, From the New World