“Yao-Yu Wu has a extremely outstanding performance in the final round, when he conducts stravinsky’s ballet music “Fiirebird”, his elegant, exquisite gestures inspire orchestra with enthusiasm"
Yao-Yu Wu, conductor
Strauss, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky
Currently the Associate Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra and the Music Director of the Taipei Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, taiwanese conductor Yao-Yu Wu is regarded as the most promising conductor of the young generation.
Wu’s gifted talent has been proved by winning numerous prizes, including 1st Prize, Orchestra Prize, and Audience Prize of the 53rd Besancon International Conducting Competition in 2013, as well as 2nd Prize, Audience Prize, and Best Interpretation of Contemporary Work Prize of the 2nd HongKong International Conducting Competition in 2023.
Passionate, elegant, and inspirational are the most common reviews Wu has received. Recent years, he has performed around France, Poland, Russia, Taiwan, and Macau.The orchestra he has cooperated includes St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Orchestre National de Bordeaux, Macau Symphony Orchestra, National
Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan Philharmonic,) Taipei Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Philharmonic etcetera. The cooperating artists includes Daniel Müller-Schott, Tzimon Barto, Jean-Daniel Bugaj, Oliver Charlier,
Dimitry Masleev, Claire Huangci, Jakub Jakowicz, Nemanja Radulovic, Alexie Volodin, Men-Chieh Liu, Yu-Chien Tseng, Wu-Man, Wen-Sinn Yang, Richard Lin, Chao-Liang Lin, Nai-Yuan Hu etcetera.
In 2019, Wu was invited by the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra to record a Taiwanese folk music album. In the same year, he collaborated with renowned pipa player Wu-Man and former principal Cellist of Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Wen-Sing Yang, recorded a contemporary music Album by composer Shi-Huei Chen. This album is now published by American New World CD company.
Wu also is an active opera conductor. In 2013, he has cooperated with Taipei National University of the Arts to performed Bellini’s “La Sonnambula.” In 2014, he conducted Humperdinck’s “Hänsel und Gretel” with the Tawian Opera Studio and provided concert tour among Taiwan. In 2019, he served as assistant conductor of Maestro Shao-Chia Lü in the production of the National Symphony Orchestra's “Puccini: Tosca,” and also served as a guest conductor during the concert tour with the same production.
Wu often shares his insights into music with enthusiasm. Based on the appeal to the public, he has been invited several times by the Taipei Symphony Orchestra and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra to conduct festival concerts, such as Taiwan New Year Concert and National Day Concert, and even outdoor film music concerts.
Wu also spares no effort in education. In addition to introducing music through the Taipei Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra, he has also shared his musical opinions in colleges and universities through the way of lectures, master classes, and speeches.
His influence of music also made him to be selected as “2013 People of the Year in music” by Performance and Arts magazine, and also nominated by the government as one of the candidates of the “top ten outstanding young person” in 2014.
In seeking of higher artistic value, Wu rejected most of the concerts in the 2017/18 season and chose to study in Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien.
In 2020, Wu was invited to be the music director and chief conductor of the Taipei Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
In 2022, Wu was appointed to replace Maestro Mario Venzago (chiefconductor of the Bern Symphony Orchestra) on the day before therehearsal, and successfully completed the concert with the National Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2021/22 and 2022/23 season, Wu was invited by Maestro Jun Märkl to be the associate condcutor of the National Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan Philharmonic.)