Conductor, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Macao Orchestra
The accomplished conductor is the face of classical music in Hong Kong and Macau
A leading light of the classical music world both at home and abroad, Lio Kuokman was appointed as resident conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 2020. He is also the principal guest conductor and artistic advisor of the Macao Orchestra, and programme director of the Macao International Music Festival.
Born in Macau, he moved to Hong Kong for his musical education at the Academy for Performing Arts, subsequently attending the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory. He has worked with a startlingly long list of prestigious orchestras around the world, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, for which he was the first Asian assistant conductor, Vienna Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse.
He is also a multi-instrumentalist, with a particular expertise in the piano and harpsichord, as well as playing instruments as diverse as the violin and trombone. He is a founding member and the president of the Macao Chamber Music Association, and a recipient of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons award in Hong Kong.