Lio Kuokman, from Macau, China, has led the Portland Repertory Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada, and, while on tour in China, the Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has served as apprentice conductor of the New York Youth Symphony for two years. In 2008 he was invited by Pinchas Zukerman to the National Arts Centre Conductors Programme in Canada, where he conducted the orchestra's gala performance. The same year he was awarded the David Effron Conducting Fellowship to serve as conducting fellow at the Chautauqua Institution.
Mr. Lio has assisted in opera productions including Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen, and Ainadamar. In 2009 he led the Curtis On Tour ensemble, a group of students and faculty members, in performances across the country, from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., to the Mondavi Center for the Arts in Davis, Calif.
He has given recitals internationally and performed as a soloist with orchestras including the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Salzburg Camerata, Bacau Philharmonic in Romania, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
He received a master's degree in piano performance from the Juilliard School and graduated from Curtis with diplomas in conducting and harpsichord.
Mr. Lio joined the Curtis Institute of Music as staff accompanist in 2009.