En Shao

RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor
Chinese National Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor

Biography

Born in Tianjin in China, En Shao started to play the piano and violin at the ages of four and five respectively and by the age of 18 was working as a composer, pianist and percussionist with a local orchestra.  After graduating from the Beijing Central Conservatory he became second Principal Conductor of the Chinese Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, a post he held for five years and Principal Guest Conductor of the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China and the National Youth Orchestra of China.
Maestro Shao is currently the Chief Conductor of the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, the Principal Guest Conductor of the China National Symphony Orchestra and the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Taipei Chinese Orchestra.  He was awarded the Lord Rhodes Fellowship at the Royal Northern College of Music, when he came to England in 1988, and in the same year he received the first Edward Van Beinum Foundation Scholarship.  As winner of the Sixth Hungarian Television International Conductor’s Competition in 1989 he conducted several performances with the Hungarian Radio Orchestra and the State Symphony Orchestra.  In January 1990 he became Associate Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, a post created especially for him.  Between 1992 – 1995 he was Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Ulster Orchestra, with whom he made his Proms debut, and has also held the positions of Principal Guest Conductor of the Euskadi Orchestra in Spain and Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Macau Orchestra.

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Reviews

“En Shao possesses the special gift of sweeping the audience into the orderly yet impassioned music he shapes…”

Patricia Kelly

Courier Mail

“En Shao has established a truly inspirational rapport with this orchestra and it shows”

Susan Nickalls

Edinburgh News

More Reviews

“En Shao possesses the special gift of sweeping the audience into the orderly yet impassioned music he shapes…”

Patricia Kelly, Courier Mail

“En Shao has established a truly inspirational rapport with this orchestra and it shows”

Susan Nickalls, Edinburgh News

“His direction is flawless and clearly magnetic”

Andrea Breen, The Mercury

“He has an obvious rapport with the orchestra, which translated into fine playing all night long…”

Kyle Macmillan, Denver Post

“Star of the evening, however, was conductor En Shao”

Barbara Trofimczyk, The Mercury