« Yao-Yu Wu has a extremely outstanding performance in the final round, when he conducts Stravinsky’s ballet music “Firebird”, his elegant, exquisite gestures inspire orchestra with enthusiasm.»
- Le Figaro
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.
Debussy : Prélude à l'après midi d'un faune
Taipei Philharmonic youth Orchestra
2021. 04. 10
Sicilienne from Faure Pelleas et Melisande
Yao-Yu Wu mène l'orchestre à Besançon
Le 53e rendez-vous international de jeunes chefs d'orchestre de a sacré Yao-Yu Wu, Taïwanais de 24 ans. Avec dix candidats en lice, l'Asie confirme sa forte implantation sur la scène internationale.(more...)
吳曜宇，二十四歲，元智大學資訊傳播系畢業，現就讀國立臺北藝術大學音樂系碩士班，主修指揮;為法國第五十三屆貝桑頌國際青年指揮大賽(e53rd International Besançon Competition for Young Conductors)首獎得主，並同時獲得最佳觀眾獎與樂團獎，以及全球樂團演奏合約。(more...)
some notable concerts in the past
St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra
Grand Hall of the D.D.Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia
Violinist: Maria Cabeza
Baritone: Ao Li
Soprano: Elisa Cho
Pianist: Jong Do An.
works from Strauss, Vaughan Williams, Ravel, Gounod, Bellini, Puccini, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Mozart, Donizetti.
Taipei Opera Studio
Taipei National Theater and Chiayi
Director: Petra Müller
Coach: Christoph Rolfes
Singers from Taipei Opera Studio
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra
Works from Dukas, Stravinsky, Mascagni, Beethoven, Brahms...etc.
National Symphony Orchestra
Taipei National Concert Hall
Pianist: Tzimon Barto
Works from Bernstein, Gershwin, Respighi.
National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Katovice NOSPR Concert Hall
Violinst: Jakub Jakowicz
Works from Sibelius.
Taipei Symphony Orchestra
Taipei and Kaohsiung
Pianist: Steven Lin
Works from Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff, Khachaturian.
Orchestre national de Lorraine
Arsenal Grande salle Metz
Violinist: Nemanja Radulovic
Works from Prokofiev, Stravinsky.
Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine
Pianist: Adam Laloum
Works from Tanguy, Beethoven, Mendelssohn
National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra
Violinist: Yu-Ting Chen
Guitarist: Chia-Wei Lin
Vocal: Dingko Nan
Soprano: Shih-Hsin Huang
Baritone: Chung-Kuang Lin
Choral: Taichung Chamber Choir
Works from Sibelius, Sarasate, Rodrigo, Taiwanese folk songs.
National Taichung Theater
Conductor: Francesco Corti
Director: Huan-Hsiung Li
As assistant of Maestro Corti in this Chinese version opera.
Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of TSO
Works from Puccini, Vaughan Williams, Mascagni, Tchaikovsky.
National Taiwan Youth Symphony Orchestra
Soloist: Chen Chung-Shen
Works from Verdi, Ma Shui Lung, Tchaikovsky.
Works from Mahler
Orquestra de Macau
Pianist: Claire Huangci
Works from Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven.
Pianist: Alexei Volodin
Works from Tcherpnin, Prokofiev, Borodin.
Orchestra: Members from National Taiwan Youth Symphony Orchestra
Works from Saint-Saëns.
Orchestre Nationale des pays de la Loire
NORT-SUR-ERDRE/ MACHECOUL/ ANCENIS/ HAUTE-GOULAINE
Clarinet: Jean-Daniel Bugaj
Works from Rossini, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Arvö Part.
Violinist: Yu-Chien Tseng
Works from Verdi, Barber..etc.
Works from Grieg, Yiu-Kwong Chung, Nielsen.
Conductor: Yao-Yu Wu
Director: Lin Hwai-Min
Tosca: Ling-Hui LinScarpia: Martin NgCavaradossi: Ezio Kong
Angelotti & Jailer: Julian Lo
Sacristan & Sciarrone: Fang-Hao ChaoSpoletta: Fa-Kai Tang
Taipei Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
National Concert Hall
Works from Tchaikovsky
Cello: Wen-SinnYangPipa: Wu Man
Works from Shih-Hui Chen, Berlioz.
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Taipei & National Taichung Theater
works from Hwang-Long Pan
World Premiere: Concerto for Symphony Orchestra
National Concert Hall & Taipei University of the Arts
Pianist: Lu Yi-Chih
Violinist: I-Ching L
works from Schubert, Beethoven, Dvorak, Kodaly, Ming-Hsiu Yen.
World Premiere: NU WA for violin and orchestra
National Concert Hall
Trumpet: Chuan-An Hou
Soprano: You-Jhong Liang
works from Tcherpnin, Haydn, Mahler.
National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts
Violin: Richard Lin
works from Tchaikovsky.
Miaobei Art Center
Violin: William Wei
works from Korngold, Suk.
Taiwan Premiere : Suk Symphony No.2 'Asrael'
Piano: Yi-Chih Lu
works from Grieg, Tchaikovsky.
Shih-Hui Chen: Silvergrass & other orchestral works
Cello: Wen-Sinn Yang
Pipa: Wu Man
(here for more informations)
Taiwanese Folk Songs
2021.11.20 at Taipei National Concert Hall
Yao-Yu Wu conducts Bizet, Chopin, Franck.
Pianist: Nikolai Saratovsky
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