Conductor Lio Kuokman


Praised by the American press as ‘a startling conducting talent’ for his ‘beautiful sense of control’, Lio Kuokman was the laureate at the 2014 Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in France. Out of 450 international conductors Lio is awarded with top prize, audience prize and orchestra prize. Lio has served as assistant conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the first Chinese conductor in this position in the history of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and currently serving as the orchestra's Asia Residency Artistic Advisor and Conductor.

Lio Kuokman has worked as conductor in both the symphonic and operatic genres, having conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, St.Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Philharmonique de Radio France, Seoul Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, National Taiwan Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Bulgaria Sofia Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Poland Sinfonia Varsovia, Shanghai Philharmonic, Shenzhen Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Virtuosi, Taipei Philharmonic and Macau Orchestra.

Lio collaborates with Musica Viva Hong Kong annually to conduct new production operas as music director including Carmen, L’elisir d’amore,  La fille du régiment, Lucia di Lammermoor,  Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci, Il Trovatore and Rigoletto. He was invited by Maestro Valery Gergiev to be the guest opera conductor at the Mariinsky theatre in St.Petersburg. Lio has participated in many music festivals including the Beijing International Music Festival, Cabrillo New Music Festival, Great Mountain Music Festival (Korea), Hong Kong Arts Festival, and Macao International Music Festival.

As a concert pianist, Lio has performed as soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Romania Bacau Philharmonic, China National Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Shanghai Symphony.

After graduating from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with first class honours, Lio further studies at the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music and New England Conservatory. To promote chamber music in Macao, Lio is a founding member and 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.

“...a startling conducting talent.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

“...opening the concert evening and leading the orchestra with grace and assurance.”
The Chautauquan Daily

“...beautiful sense of control.”
Star Telegram