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Biography - Yao-Yu WU

Taiwan-borned conductor Yao-Yu Wu came to international attention with his winning of 53rd Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors, including Grand Prix de Direction (First Prize,) Coup de Coeur L’Orchestre (Prize from Orchestra,) and Coup de Coeur du Public (Prize from Public) in 2013.

After this competition, Wu began his career by cooperated with numerous world-known orchestras.

1989 borned in Taipei. At 3 years old he already started lerning Piano and Violin, and later learned Percussion and Clarinet in primary and junior school. After graduated from Information and Communication subject, he started his conducting learning in Taipei National University of Arts in 2011, continue with Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien.

In 2014 he was invited to conduct St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra at renowned St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall.

In 2018, he was invited to present a series of concert tour in Région Pays de la Loire with Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire.

In recent years his cooperated orchestras included: St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestre de Lorraine, National Orchestre de Bordeaux, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Macao Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan Philharmonic (National Symphony Orchestra,) Taipei Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Philharmonic...etc. The cooperated artists included: Tzimon Barto, Jean-Daniel Bugaj, Maria Cabeza, Oliver Charlier, Chung-Shen Chen, Elisa Cho, Chuan-An Hou, Claire Huangci, Jakub Jakowicz, Do An Jong, Adam Laloum, Ao Li, Ling-Hui Lin, Steven Lin, Men-Chieh Liu, Yi-Chih Lu, Nemanja Radulovic, Yu-Chien Tseng, Alexie Volodin, Man Wu, Wen-Sinn Yang...etc. Additionally, Wu has conducted in numerous important Venue, such as St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall, Claude-Nicolas Ledoux's Theatre of Besancon, Arsenal de Metz, Katovice NOSPR Concert Hall, Nort-Sur-Erdre Cap Nort, Théâtre de l'Espace de Retz, Théâtre Quartier Libre, Haute-Goulaine Le Quatrain, Taiwan National Concert Hall, National Theater, Taichung National Theater...etc.

Wu is also an energetic opera conductor. In 2013, he collaborated with Taipei National University of Arts to conduct “Bellini: La Sonnambula”. In 2014, he conducted Taiwan Opera Studio to perform “Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel” and had a concert tour in Taiwan. In 2019, he is the assistant conductor of Maestro Shao-Chia Lü, collaborated with Taiwan Philharmonic to perform "Puccini: Tosca", in the same production he is also the guest conductor to conduct serie tour.

In 2017, he was called in on short notice to replace ailing Wen-Pin Chien and conducted Mahler Symphony with National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan National Opera House.

In 2019, Wu was invited by National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra to record a Taiwanese folk music album. In the same year, he collaborated with world known pipa player Wu Man and former principal Cellist of Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Wen-Sinn Yang,recorded a contemporary music by composer Shih-Hui Chen and be published by American New World Records company.

As a young generation conductor, Wu popularized music with enthusiasm, especially for childrens. Also, he has been invited to conduct national concert like Taiwan’s New year Concert and National Day Concert due to his energy of spreading music. For his influence on young person, he was named by Perform and Arts Magazine as “2013 People of the year in music”, and nominated by government as candidate of Ten Outstanding Young Persons in 2014.

For the purpose of seeking higher value of arts, Wu rejected most of concerts in 2017/18 season and chose to study again in Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien.

In 2020, Wu was invited to serve as music director and chef conductor of Taipei Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

In 2021, Wu was invited from National Symphony Orchestra ( Taiwan Philharmonic) as Associate Conductor from 21/22 Season.

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