● Conductors

xincao Li Xincao Li

Li Xincao is a famous conductor in China. He is presently the Principal Resident Conductor of CNSO, Music Director of the Pusan Philharmonic Orchestra, Republic of Korea, Music Director of GSO, Professor of Conducting Department of Central Conservatory of Music, Council Member of Chinese Musicians Association, Member of All-China Youth Federation, Vice Chairman of Youth Federation of the Central Government Departments, and winner of government allowance from the State Council.

Li Xincao graduated from Conducting Department of Central Conservatory of Music and then from Conducting Department of Universitaet fuer Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, and as a student of the late Professor Xu Xin, a well-known conductor and educator in China, and renowned Austrian conductor Professor Leopold Hager. At the age of 20, he already cooperated successfully with domestic famous orchestras including the Central Philharmonic Orchestra (predecessor of CNSO) and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra to perform Verdi's opera La Traviata and Chinese opera Wilderness. From 1994 to 1996, he was Principal Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the National Ballet of China, and conducted a number of classic ballets. In 1997, he returned to China as Mr. Hager's assistant conductor for a performance with the Wiener Staatsoper.

In 1993, aged only 22, Li, as a university student, stood out at the 1st National Conducting Competition of China and won the first prize. In 1997, he won the second prize at the 45th Besancon International Conducting Competition held in France. In 2000, he was honored as one of the "100 most promising and influential youths of China in the 21st century" by China Youth. In 2004, he was granted by the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China as one of the top 10 for the "1st Chinese Outstanding Youth Award".

From 1999 till now, Li toured with the CNSO for many significant visits and performances around the world. He, together with CNSO, held performances at many world-class music venues including Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, New York Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. All such shows were greatly acclaimed and influential music commentators of relevant countries spoke highly of their performances.

Li has toured the five continents across the world. Music groups which he has co-performed with include key European orchestras and opera houses such as Wiener Staatsoper, and Vienna Symphony Orchestra, as well as those in Asia and Oceania. At the end of 2003, he collaborated with master cellist Rostropovich for a performance, which achieved great success; in 2007, as a member of Premier Wen Jiabao's delegation to Moscow, he conducted the concert for the closing ceremony of the "Year of China in Russia". Ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games, he conducted the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at Wiener Staatsoper and premiered Hua Mulan, a Chinese opera in the Europe. In recent years, he has had breakthroughs in the art of opera, and succeeded in conducting successively performances for 30-odd classic operas including The Marriage of Figaro, Don Govanni, The Magic Flute.