Brian (Yuan-Hung) Liao is a talented young conductor from Taiwan. He served as the assistant conductor for Nationale Orchestre d’île-de-France for the 20/21 season, where he demonstrated his exceptional conducting skills and ability to inspire musicians.
Liao has achieved significant recognition and success as a conductor, including being the 2nd prize winner of the 2nd Only Stage International Conducting Competition, the 3rd prize winner of the 2nd BMI International Bucharest Conducting Competition, and a finalist in the 7th Lovro von Matacic International Conducting Competition. Additionally, he was the laureate of the 3rd International Conducting competition for Chinese music in Hong Kong.
In addition to his impressive accomplishments, Liao was selected as a finalist out of 200 applicants for the London Philharmonic Orchestra Conducting Fellowship in 2023. He will also participate in the 2nd Hong Kong Conducting Competition as one of the 16 finalists. He will debut with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra and Hungary Budapest MAv Symphony Orchestra during the 22/23 season.
Liao has had the privilege of working with renowned orchestras from around the world, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National d’ile de France, South Denmark Philharmonic, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Lucern Festival Strings, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Österreiches Ensemble für Neue Musik, Salzburg Mozarteumorchester, Orquesta Sinfonica Provincial de Bahia Blanca in Argentina, Orquesta Sinfonica de Gran Canaria, Orchestra de la Opera Royal de Liege-Wallonie, George Enescu Philharmonic, Craiova “Oltenia" Symphony Orchestra, Oradea Symphony Orchestra, and Szolnok Symphony Orchestra in Hungary.
To further develop his skills as a conductor, Liao has participated in several international conducting masterclasses with distinguished maestros such as Bernard Haitink (Lucern Masterclass), Jorma Panula (Nordic Masterclass), Johannes Schlaefli, Yip Wen-Sie, Christoph Poppen, and Alpaslan Ertüngealp.
Liao has also worked as the assistant conductor of the St.Gellert Music Festival in Hungary, working closely with Maestro Yoon Kuk Lee since 2016. In 2018, he became the conducting fellow of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and Taipei Symphony Orchestra, where he continued to develop his conducting skills and worked closely with these renowned orchestras.
Currently, Liao is pursuing his Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Salzburg Mozarteum University, where he is a scholarship recipient from the Taiwanese government. Under the guidance of Ion Marin, Bruno Weil, Reinhard Goebel, and Alexander Drcar, he continues to hone his skills and develop his artistry as a conductor.
Brian is living in Paris with his wife, Hsin-Yu.