Shao-Chia Lü, conductor

Shao-Chia Lü

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Ole Justesen
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Taiwan-born conductor  Shao-Chia Lü has been Music Director of Taiwan Philharmonic (the National Symphony Orchestra) from 2010 to 2020 and continues to serve as Artistic Advisor of the orchestra.

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

Shao-Chia Lü accepted positions as General Music Director of the Koblenz Theatre (1998-2001), the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz (1998-2004), and the Staatsoper Hannover (2001-2006). Shao-Chia Lü appears regularly as guest conductor at several world-renowned opera houses, including the Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne, the English National Opera, Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Den Norske Opera in Oslo, Gothenburg Opera, Oper Frankfurt, Staatsoper Hamburg and Stuttgart, Deutsche Oper and Komische Oper Berlin.

Alongside his opera activities, Lü is equally at home on concert podiums. Lü has worked repeatedly with many leading European orchestras, such as the Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica di Santa Cecilia Rome, Norwegian and Swedish Radio Orchestras, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, SWR Stuttgart, Rundfunksinfonieorchster Berlin, the Göteborgs Sinfoniker, Staatskapelle Weimar, Frankfurter Museumsorchester, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. In Asia, Lü has worked with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, NHK, New Japan Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, KBS Symphony Orchestra, and leading orchestras in China.


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


Tristan und Isolde in Peking 

Grosser Erfolg für die Baden Badener Osterfestspiel Produktion „Tristan und Isolde“ nun auch in Peking. Das chinesische Publikum war begeistert. Damit endet eine lange Reise dieser Inszenierung von Mariusz Treliński. Zu sehen war die Neuinszenierung an der The Metropolitan Opera, am Warschauer Teatr Wielki – Opera Narodowa und nun eben auch am National Center for the Performing Arts in Peking. Festspielhaus Intendant Andreas Mölich Zebhauser und sein chinesischer Kollege Chen Ping wollen auch in Zukunft über gemeinsame Projekte nachdenken.
– Festspielhaus Baden Baden, Facebook, September 2017

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5 in Orange County, California

The Taiwan Philharmonic, founded in 1986, is scarcely older than its Chinese counterpart, yet it seemed to have a much deeper connection with the ethos and traditions of Western classical music. I would attribute a lot of this to its excellent Viennese and American trained conductor, Shao-­‐‑Chia Lü, whose physical motions were far more expressive and flowing than those of Yu, and whose ability to get a wealth of nuances and charged up fervor from his players made a big difference. […] Here Lü got them to play above their heads in a stunning performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, creating suspense in even the most predictable spots with strategic pacing and shaping of climaxes, sharp rhythms, and all kinds of subtle internal details. That’s how you make the overplayed Fifth sound like the great symphony it is.
– Richard S. Ginell, American Record Guide, March/April 2017