October 24, 2015
SYMPHONY OFFERS FRESHNESS WITH HALLOWED WORK
By Sally Vallongo, The Blade, Toledo, OH
A Hong Kong conductor has been snapped up from under the noses of the city's Philharmonic to join a world-famous orchestra in America.
He said: "It has been my dream to work with the Philadelphia Orchestra ever since I first heard their live performance in Hong Kong when I was a student."
The city orchestra's chief executive, Michael MacLeod, said: "I had several meetings with Lio and I thought he might have been very good for the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
"It seems the Philadelphians have snapped him up."
Local musicians praised Lio's talent. Yip Wing-sie, music director of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, who coached Lio at the APA, was impressed with his diligence.
"It was in his first year and he came to every class fully prepared, memorising the music scores and was very confident in making his beats," Yip said.
Chan Hing-yan, chairman of the Music Department at the University of Hong Kong, recalled Lio's "amazing" performance of his new chamber opera Xiaohong at last year's Hong Kong Arts Festival. "His musicality is very sharp," Chan said.