Lü Jia


Lu-JiaThis is a Chinese name; the family name is Lü.
Lü Jia (Chinese: 吕嘉; pinyin: Lǚ Jiā; born 1964 in Shanghai) is a Chinese conductor.  In 1991, when he was only 26, he was appointed as the Music Director of the Trieste Opera. From 1991 to 1995 he was principal Conductor at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste. In 1999 he became the principal Conductor of the Norrköping Symphonic". He was director of the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra 1999-2005, and now the Macao Orchestra since 2008.
Lu Jia is Artistic Director of Musicof National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Music Director and Chief Conductor of China NCPA Orchestra, and Music Director & Chief Conductor of the Macao Orchestra, prior to which he has acted as Music Director of the Verona Opera House, Italy,and Artistic Director of the Santa Cruz De Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Spain, Lü Jia has conducted nearly 2000 orchestral concerts and opera performances in Europe and the United States. He has worked with such renowned opera houses and symphony orchestras as:La Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chicago SymphonyOrchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Munich Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell’ Accademia di Santa Cecilia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Lyon National Orchestra, and many others.
A highly acclaimed opera conductor, Lü has led over fifty productions so far internationally. As the first Asian conductor appointed as Music Director in an important opera house in Italy, he has been praised by critics as “a conductor who has a deeper understanding of Italian operas thanthe Italians themselves do.”In 1989, he was awarded both the First Prize and Jury’s Prize at the Antonio Pedeotti International Conducting Competition in Trento, Italy. In 2007, the Italian President bestowed the “President's Prize”on Lü for his exceptional contribution to Italian culture. That same year, the production of  "La gazza ladra" by Gioachino Rossini that he conducted at the Rossini Opera Festival, held in Pesaro, the composer's hometown, was voted “Opera Production of the Year”in Europe and it was released as a DVD from Dynamic. In 2008, he became music director of the Macao Orchestra.  He is currently the chief conductor of the China National Center for the Performing Arts Orchestra.