Lio Kuokman

Conductor

Music Director and Principal Conductor, Macao Orchestra
Resident Conductor, The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

Biography

Currently serving as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Macao Orchestra; Resident Conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; and Programme Director of the Macao International Music Festival, Lio Kuokman is praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “a startling conducting talent.” He was the second prize winner of the third Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in Paris with audience prize and orchestra prize and has served as the first Chinese Assistant Conductor with the Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Lio Kuokman has successfully collaborated with many leading orchestras across the globe. In 2021, he conducted a subscription concert at Vienna’s Konzerthaus with the Vienna Symphony and subsequently toured in China with them in June 2023. A frequent collaborator of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse most recently Lio conducted its 22/23 season opening concert. Having returned to Toulouse for the New Year Concert, he also led the first tour in Saudi Arabia. In 22/23 season Lio made debuts with Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, National Symphony Orchestra Ireland, Radio & Television Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Symphony Orchestra and RTVE Symphony Orchestra in Madrid which all led to immediate re-invitations. Last season, Lio also returned to the Philadelphia Orchestra for the Lunar New Year Concert.

The current 23/24 season marks Lio’s debut with Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Croatian RTV and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Lio also toured Bangkok and China with the Hong-Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, conducting Rimski-Korsakov Sheherazade, Mendelssohn Midsummer Night’s Dream, a popular programme in an open-air symphonic concert Under the Stars and a fundraising concert as a resident guest conductor. Lio collaborates with Hong-Kong Ballet in a production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and the production The Last Song choreographed by Hu Song Wei with music by Johann Sebastian Bach.

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Reviews

“The Monegasque audience discovered conductor Lio Kuokman during the World Masters final, where he stepped in at short notice. Tonight, he offers Stravinsky’s breathe-taking Petrushka Ballet Suite. Kuokman draws all the magical colours and frantic rhythms from the orchestra. Each group of instruments, the flutes, the horns, the trumpet solo are stunning. Lio Kuokman electrified the audience with efficient and elegant gestures.”

Carlo Schreiber

Crescendo Magazine

” The orchestra conducted by Lio Kuokman,  who is very active in Macau and Hong Kong,  gave a driven performance full of intensity. Standing ovations and encores followed.”

Fredrik Björkman

Arbetarbladet

“Lio Kuokman, who returned for the third time to the Halle aux Grains, conducts Richard Strauss’ Alpine Symphony without a score. His dazzling reading, which is full of a conquering hedonism, far from a certain pompierism too often heard, sublimates this abundant work where to this sound hurricane can only respond a thunder of applause.”

Jean-Félix Marquette

Utmisol

“A startling conducting talent.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer

“…At the helm was the gifted young conductor Lio Kuokman who handled the baton with a grace and ease that matched the aesthetic of the musical landscape he sought to craft. The performance was a swirling milieu of orchestral color that left the listener just this side of paradise. As dream-inspired as Coleridge’s original reverie, between Kuokman’s clear interpretation and the evocative playing of the orchestra, the constantly shifting orchestral landscape was awash with color and light.”

The Blade

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Lio Kuokman Conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo

After a scintillating debut earlier this year, Lio Kuokman returns to Monaco to conduct the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo on the 29 October. The programme features Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15 played by Hélène Grimaud, and Stravinksy's...

Lio Kuokman Makes Orchestre National d’ile de France Debut 19 April

Lio Kuokman makes his debut with the Orchestre National d’ile de France at Philharmonie de Paris on Wednesday, 19 April. He will conduct a lyrical programme featuring Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 (with soloist Jonathan Fournel), Strauss’s Rosenkavalier Suite and...