Primary Suzuki training (violin): Pui Ching Middle School, Macau
Praised by the American press as ‘a startling conducting talent’ for his ‘grace and assurance’ and his ‘beautiful sense of control’, Lio Kuokman is equally sought after as a conductor, piano soloist and chamber musician. He is currently in his second season as the assistant conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and was the top prize winner at the 3rd Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in France last summer with audience prize and orchestra prize.
Lio Kuokman has worked as conductor in both the symphonic and operatic genres, having conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Philharmonique de Radio France, Seoul Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Virtuosi, Taipei Philharmonic and Macau Orchestra. His appearances at music festivals include the Beijing International Music Festival, Cabrillo New Music Festival, Great Mountain Music Festival (Korea), Hong Kong Arts Festival, and Macau International Music Festival. In opera, Lio has conducted Turandot, Il Trovatore, Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Carmen, L’elisir d’amore,
Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci, Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto, and the Hong Kong premiere of Donizetti’s La fille du règiment. In addition to his appearances with professional orchestras, Lio’s passion for education has lead him to work as Apprentice Conductor of the New York Youth Symphony, Assistant Conductor of the New England Conservatory Youth Symphony, Music Director of the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra, the Macau Youth Orchestra on tour in China, Japan and United States, Curtis On Tour in Korea, Guest Conductor of The Macau Wind Symphony, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Art Orchestra, and Guest Conductor for a joint performance with the Afghan Youth Symphony and students of the New England Conservatory.
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. He was invited to perform in Carnegie Hall in a masterclass coached by Maestro James Levine, and is a founding member and the President of the Macau Chamber Music Association.
Lio received his Bachelor’s Degree with First Class Honor from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Art, Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School and Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music and New England Conservatory. In addition, Lio has studied in masterclasses of such renowned conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas, James Levine, Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, JoAnn Falletta, Marin Alsop, Larry Rachleff, and Gustav Meier.