Speaker: Lu Jia
Maestro Lu Jiais now the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Macao Orchestra, while also serving as Artistic Director of the Music at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) and the Principal Conductor of the NCPA Orchestra. In 1990, he became the first Asian maestro in Italian history to perform as Music Director at Teatro Comunale Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste in Italy. Lu Jia was Music Director and Chief Conductor at Italy’s L’Orchestra di Toscana, the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra in Sweden and the world-famous Arena di Verona. In 2017, Lu Jia was one of the overseas representatives attending the CPPCC National Conference, and on 14May he directed the concert dedicated to the 1st “Belt and Road Summitˮ held in Beijing, with a performance highly praised by both Chinese and foreign leaders. He received the Great Wall Friendship Award from the Beijing Municipal Government for his outstanding contributions to the city in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Since his tenure as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Macao Orchestra in 2008, Lu Jia has propelled the orchestra to notable new heights with meticulous training, refined arrangement of programme repertoires and strict selection of guest artists in cooperation. He has led the orchestra on tour for many times in Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Japan, Korea, plus regular concerts in Mainland China’s major cultural capitals such as Beijing and Shanghai.