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Meet The Guest Conductor: En Shao

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Maestro Shao is currently chief conductor of the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the China National Symphony Orchestra and music director and principal conductor of the Taipei Chinese Orchestra.
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Meet The Guest Conductor:  En Shao

EN SHAO, Conductor

Born in Tianjin, China, En Shao started to play the piano and violin at the ages of 4 and 5 respectively and by the age of 18 was working as a composer, pianist and percussionist respectively.

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.

En Shao

En Shao

Maestro Shao is currently chief conductor of the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the China National Symphony Orchestra and music director and principal conductor of the Taipei Chinese Orchestra.

Early Honors

He was awarded the Lord Rhodes Fellowship at the Royal Northern College of Music when he came to England in 1988.

In the same year he received the first Eduard 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 of 1990, he became associate conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, a post created especially for him. Between 1992-95 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 Basque National Orchestra in Spain and music director and principal conductor of the Macau Orchestra.

Engagements

In the U.K., Maestro Shao has conducted the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Hallé, Bournemouth and BBC Scottish symphony orchestras and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Elsewhere, recent and future engagements include conducting the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra at the Robeco Series in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Orchestre de Picardie, Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur, China National Symphony Orchestra, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra and Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Shao is very committed to developing young talent and regularly guest conducts the Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra and is Patron of the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra.

Leading

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He is a regular visitor to the United States and Canada, working with the orchestras of Colorado, Phoenix and Vancouver and has undertaken engagements in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Many Interests

As well as his commitments in Slovenia, China and Taiwan, highlights of recent and future seasons include the Zagreb and Belgrade philharmonic orchestras, the Gävle Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga, KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic in Durban, South Africa and a return to the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra for their 50th Anniversary Gala Concert.

Shao has a wide range of interests including Chinese cuisine, contemporary interior design and architecture and jazz. He also takes a particular interest in environmental issues.