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Lin Liao

Lin Liao majored in composition at the Taipei National University of the Arts and then studied conducting at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wienand, where she was graduated with the highest honor. She was the opera accompanist and conductor of the Opernhaus Chemnitz and the chief conductor-in-residence of the Opernhaus Lutherstadt Wittenberg and Opernhaus Schleswig-Holstein. Liao has been the artistic director and conductor-in-residence of the Ensemble Laboratorium since 2015. She has collaborated with several critically-acclaimed ensembles in Germany, including Ensemble Modern, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Ensemble Aventure, and Ensemble Avantgarde. She has also been invited to conduct at various contemporary music festivals, such as Nachtmusik, Festival Klangspuren, and ManiFeste. In 2007, Liao conducted Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “Gruppen” at the Lucerne Festival through the recommendations from Pierre Boulez and Péter Eötvös. In 2009, she was invited by Eötvös to help prepare the complete works of Edgar Varése, which were staged at the Eurosonic Noorderslag later. In the same year, she went on the stage at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig for the first time, and was invited to conduct there each season ever since. The orchestras she has been working with include MDR-Sinfonieorchester, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, and Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest.