• Biography

Brian LIAO

A promising young conductor from Taiwan, Brian (Yuan-Hung) Liao served as the Assistant Conductor of Orchestre National d’Île-de-France for the 2020/2021 season. He won the 2nd Prize at the 2nd Only Stage International Conducting Competition and the 3rd Prize at the 2nd BMI International Conducting Competition. He was a finalist of the 7th International Conducting Competition of Young Conductors Lovro von Matačić and the laureate of the 3rd International Conducting competition for Chinese Music in Hong Kong.

In 2023, Liao was selected as a finalist out of 200 applicants for the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Conducting Fellowship. He will also participate in the 2nd Hong Kong International Conducting Competition as one of the 16 Candidates, and debut with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra and MÁV Symphony Orchestra during the 2022/2023 season.

Liao has worked with renowned orchestras such as South Denmark Philharmonic, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Lucern Festival Strings, Österreichische Ensemble für Neue Musik, Salzburg Mozarteumorchester, Orquesta Sinfónica Provincial de Bahía Blanca, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Orchestre de l’Opera Royal de Wallonie-Liège, George Enescu Philharmonic, Craiova “Oltenia” Philharmonic Orchestra, Oradea Philharmonic Orchestra, Szolnok Symphony Orchestra, to mention a few. As the Assistant Conductor of St Gellert Music Festival in Hungary from 2016, he has worked closely with Yoon Kuk Lee. Since 2018, he has been a Conducting Fellow of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and Taipei Symphony Orchestra.

Liao also participated in several international conducting masterclasses with distinguished maestros such as Bernard Haitink (Lucern Masterclass), Jorma Panula (Nordic Masterclass), Johannes Schlaefli, Yip Wing-sie, Christoph Poppen and Alpaslan Ertüngealp. In 2019, he was one of the five finalists out of 200 aspiring conductors in the Leverhulme Conducting Fellowship audition which took place in association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Liao received his master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Mozarteum University Salzburg with a scholarship from the Taiwanese government, under the guidance of Ion Marin, Bruno Weil, Reinhard Goebel and Alexander Drcar.