Shao-Chia Lü was Music Director of the Taiwan Philharmonic (the National Symphony Orchestra) from 2010 to 2020, and has been honored with the title Conductor Emeritus in 2021. He has also held the Distinguished Chair Professor at Taipei National University of the Arts since September 2020.


The most recent and future engagements of Maestro Shao-Chia Lü include (among others):

  • the 65th Anniversary of the traditional Good Friday performance of Parsifal at the Nationaltheater Mannheim;
  • The Virtuoso Trumpet concert w. Elias Heigold and the Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester;
  • the 5th Symphonic Concert (Shi-Wen Chin, Berlioz, Saint-Saëns) w. the Niederrheinischen Sinfoniker.


Taiwan-born conductor Shao-Chia Lü studied music in Taipei, later at Indiana University in Bloomington, USA, and also at Vienna’s College of Music. His training resulted in first prizes at three renowned international conductor competitions: Besançon (France), Pedrotti (Italy) and Kondrashin (the Netherlands).

Shao-Chia Lü accepted positions as General Music Director of the Koblenz Theater (1998-2001), the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz (1998-2004), and the Staatsoper Hannover (2001-2006). He was also Chief Conductor of the South Denmark Philharmonic from 2014 to 2017.

Shao-Chia Lü appears regularly as guest conductor at several world-renowned opera houses, including Oper Frankfurt, Staatsoper Hamburg and Stuttgart, Deutsche Oper, Komische Oper Berlin, Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne, the English National Opera, Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Den Norske Opera in Oslo and the Gothenburg Opera in Sweden.

Alongside his opera activities, Lü is equally at home on concert podiums. Lü has worked frequently with many leading European orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Münchner Philharmoniker, SWR Stuttgart, Rundfunksinfonieorchster Berlin, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the Göteborg Sinfoniker, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Orchestre National de France. In Asia, Lü has worked with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, NHK, New Japan Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, KBS Symphony Orchestra and the leading orchestras in China.


Shao-Chia Lü – Gastdirigent des 5. Sinfoniekonzerts w. Niederrheinische Sinfoniker (22/23)

Mahler’s Symphony No. 7, 3rd movement (National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, conducted by Shao-Chia Lü)

Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, conducted by Shao-Chia Lü

Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, 1st and 3rd movement (National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, conducted by Shao-Chia Lü)

Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony, conducted by Shao-Chia Lü


Japan tour with the Taiwan Philharmonic Orchestra – May 2019

Much in the manner of George Szell in Cleveland more than half a century ago, Lü has worked patiently and steadily to develop an orchestra that responds to his every gesture with hair-trigger accuracy.

Indeed, Lü infuses every note in a musical line with purpose; every phrase, section, and episode has a place in the larger picture. He never loses momentum, and he has mastered the knack of knowing exactly how to pace unfolding dramatic structures so that when the big climaxes arrive, they are truly overwhelming.

– Robert Markow,

Concert with the Taiwan Philharmonic Orchestra in Seattle – Brahms, Symphony No. 2 – March/April 2019

In Seattle, Shao-Chia Lü […] lifted me up and never let go until the end of each movement – such was the continuity he drew from the players. He brought to the Brahms total grasp of form, balances, transparent counterpoint and glowing melodies, especially in the sumptuous viola and cello sections. In the opening movement, the rich power of the development’s climax was the perfect contrast for allowing the woodwinds’ transparency to glow at the start of the recapitulation.
– Gil French, American Record Guide