Following his successful return to Orchestre National Capitole de Toulouse on 15 October, conductor Lio Kuokman will make his much anticipated debut with Wiener Symphoniker at Wiener Konzerthaus on 28 and 29 October. Kuokman stands in for composer/conductor Tan Dun, whose percussion concerto The Tears of Nature will be performed with soloist martin Grubinger. The programme also includes Debussy’s “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune” Symphonic poem L 86 and “Première Rhapsodie” for clarinet and orchestra L116 (with soloist Gerald Pachinger), Berlioz’s “Le carnaval romain”, Characteristic Overture Op. 9 and Dvořák’s “Carnival”, Overture Pp. 92.

His forthcoming highlights include a production of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia with the National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan at the National Taichung Theater; the Taiwanese Premiere of Mahler’s 10th Symphony with the National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan; and his Spanish debut with the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra at Madrid’s Teatro Monumental.

Born in Macao and educated as a pianist and a conductor at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory, Lio Kuokman is praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “a startling conducting talent”. He is Resident Conductor with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Programme Director of the Macao International Music Festival.

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