Speaker: Lu Jia
Lu served as Music Director of the Teatro Comunale Giusseppe Verdi di Trieste in 1990, becoming the first Asian conductor to direct a national opera house in Italy. He was also appointed as Music Director and Principal Conductor of L’Orchestra di Toscana in Italy, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra in Sweden, and the world-famous Arena di Verona, among others. He is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Macao Orchestra, while also serving as Artistic Director of Music at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Beijing, and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the China NCPA Orchestra. Lu has conducted in over 2,000 concerts and operas in collaboration with European, American and Asian opera houses and orchestras. In 2017, he was one of the overseas representatives attending the CPPCC National Conference, and on 14th May, he directed the concert dedicated to the 1st Belt and Road Summit held in Beijing, receiving high praise from 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.