“Overstatement and exaggeration are not his style. What one does get is solid, deliberate, exceptionally well-honed performances that combine intense lyricism with power. ” American Record Guide 2017
“Der Dirigent Shao-Chia Lü ist ein Meister der Zwischentöne.” Süddeutsche Zeitung
Taiwan-born conductor Shao-Chia Lü studied music in Taipei, later at Indiana University in Bloomington, USA, and also at Vienna’s College of Music. His training resulted in first prizes at three renowned international conductor competitions: Besançon (France), Pedrotti (Italy) and Kondrashin (the Netherlands).
Shao-Chia Lü accepted positions as General Music Director of the Koblenz Theater (1998-2001), the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz (1998-2004), and the Staatsoper Hannover (2001-2006). He was also Chief Conductor of the South Denmark Philharmonic from 2014 to 2017.
Shao-Chia Lü appears regularly as guest conductor at several world-renowned opera houses, including Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne, the English National Opera, Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Den Norske Opera in Oslo, Gothenburg Opera, Oper Frankfurt, Staatsoper Hamburg and Stuttgart, Deutsche Oper and Komische Oper Berlin.
Alongside his opera activities, Lü is equally at home on concert podiums. Lü has worked frequently with many leading European orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Münchner Philharmoniker, SWR Stuttgart, Rundfunksinfonieorchster Berlin, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the Göteborg Sinfoniker, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Orchestre National de France. In Asia, Lü has worked with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, NHK, New Japan Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, KBS Symphony Orchestra and leading orchestras in China.
Shao-Chia Lü Music Director of the Taiwan Philharmonic (the National Symphony Orchestra) from 2010 to 2020, and continued to serve as Artistic Advisor of the orchestra until July 2021. He has also held the Distinguished Chair Professor at Taipei National University of the Arts since September 2020.