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Susanna Stefani Caetani
The Taiwan-born conductor Shao-Chia Lü studied music firstly in Taipei, then at the Indiana University in Bloomington, and finally at the Hochschule for Music in Vienna. His training was topped off with three important first prizes at renowned international conductor competitions: The Concours International de Jeunesse Chef d’Orchestre in Besancon; the Concorso Internazionale per Direttori d’Orchestra Antonio Pedrotti in Trento; and the Kirill Kondrashin Competition in Amsterdam.
In 1995, he began his career as Erster Kapellmeister at the Komische Oper Berlin. A great number of performances as guest conductor followed, including those with: the Australian Opera Sydney, the English National Opera, the Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, den Norske Opera in Oslo, the Oper Frankfurt, Staatsoper Hamburg, Staatsoper Stuttgart as well as the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In 1998, Shao-Chia Lü took over the position of General Music Director for both the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz and the Koblenz Theatre.
After having been nominated General Music Director of the Hannover Staatsoper, he established himself as an excellent opera conductor through numerous outstanding performances including: “Aida”, “Ernani”, “Le nozze di Figaro”, “Jenufa”, “Vec Makropulos”, “Fidelio”, “Turandot”, “Madama Butterfly”, “Tosca”, “Tristan und Isolde”, “Fliegender Hollander”, “Wozzeck”, “Rosenkavalier”, “Elektra”, “Salome”, and many others. Shao-Chia Lü’s most recent opera engagements include: “Parsifal”; “Katja Kabanova” and “Tosca” in Gothenburg, Sweden; “La fanciulla del West” in Stuttgart; “Eugene Onegin” at the Komische Oper in Berlin; “Madama Butterfly”, “Tosca” and “La Bohème” in Sydney and Melbourne. Following his previous great role at the Hannover Staatsoper, in 2014, he became Chief Conductor of the South Denmark Philharmonic.
Alongside his opera activities, Shao-Chia Lü is equally a very capable conductor in concert performances. In fact, Lü has worked repeatedly with many leading European orchestras including: the Oslo Philharmonic; the Orchestra Sinfonica di Santa Cecilia in Rome; the Norwegian and Swedish Radio Orchestra; the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; the Gothenburg Symphonics; the Orchestre National de France; the SWR Stuttgart; the Rundfunksinfonieorchster Berlin; the Staatskapelle Weimar and the Frankfurter Museumsorchester; the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; the New Japan Philharmonic; the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra and the NHK Orchestra.
Since August 2010, Shao-Chia Lu has been the Music Director for the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan.