Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “startling conducting talent”, Lio Kuokman has worked extensively as conductor in both the symphonic and operatic genres. Recently appointed Assistant Conductor for the Philadelphia Orchestra, Maestro Kuokman was also the top prize and audience prize winner in the June 2014 Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in Paris with an invitation of debut appearance with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in September 2014.
Recent appearances have included, in addition to the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Pan Asia Symphony, Hong Kong Virtuosi, Taipei Philharmonic, and the Macau Orchestra.
Throughout Asia and the U.S, his opera repertoire flourishes having conducted productions of Rigoletto, Turandot, Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Carmen, L’elisir d’amore, La fille du régiment, Lucia di Lammermoor, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci. This autumn he will conduct the Curtis Opera Theatre in a double bill of Rossini’s La scala di seta and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. A proponent of contemporary works he has also premiered Chan Hing-Yan’s chamber opera Heart of Coral, commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival. His additional festival appearances have included performances at the Beijing International Music Festival, Cabrillo New Music Festival, Great Mountain Music Festival (Korea), Hong Kong Arts Festival, and Macau International Music Festival.
Equally sought after as a pianist, Lio has performed as soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Romania Bacau Philharmonic, China National Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with members of Les Arts Florissants at New York’s Lincoln Center and is a founding member and President of the Macau Chamber Music Association.
Born in Macau, Lio studied at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts from which he graduated with first class honor in piano performance. Lio continued his graduate studies receiving a Masters degree from the Juilliard School followed by diplomas in conducting from the Curtis Institute and the New England Conservatory of Music. For his contributions to the development of arts and culture, Lio has received a Certificate of Commendation from the Hong Kong government and an Honorary Diploma from the government of Macau.