Shao En

Head of the Conducting Department at the China Conservatory of Music and resident conductor of the China Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, En Shao also holds the title of principal conductor of the Orchestra Academia China. Additionally, Maestro Shao is 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.

Born in Tianjin, China, Maestro Shao started to play the piano and violin at the ages of four and five, respectively, and by the age of eighteen, he was collaborating with a local orchestra as composer, pianist, and percussionist. After graduating from the Beijing Central Conservatory, he became second principal conductor of the Chinese Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, and held that post for five years. He also served as principal guest conductor of the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China and the National Youth Orchestra of China.

He was awarded the Lord Rhodes Fellowship at the Royal Northern College of Music when he arrived in England in 1988, and in the same year he received the first Edward 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 1990, he became associate conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra—a post created especially for him. Between 1992 and 1995, he was principal conductor and artistic advisor of the Ulster Orchestra, with whom he made his Proms debut. He has also held the positions of principal guest conductor of the Euskadi Orchestra in Spain and music director and principal conductor of the Macau Orchestra. In the United Kingdom, Maestro Shao has conducted the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Hallé, Bournemouth Symphony, and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras as well as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.


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