Lynn Kao : Simply Diamond
Lynn Kao is regarded as one of the most inspiring Asian American female conductor and pianist of her time. Similar to Leonard Bernstein, her career started after a sensational performance of the opera Candide, where she jumped in with a very short notice, to conduct the Hessische Staatsorchester Wiesbaden, Germany. Ms. Kao electrified her audience, not only as a conductor, but also as a pianist. After her performance of the Mozart Piano Concerto Nr. 23, where she was the conductor and the soloist, the FAZ (a major news paper in Frankfurt Germany) called her “the ‘magician’ of the evening”.
Already at age 10, Ms. Kao was the assistant conductor of the Taiwan Youth String Orchestra in Guang-Ming Academy. Her piano debut of the Chopin f minor Piano Concerto with the Taiwan Youth String Orchestra, set the stage to her international piano career. In 1995 Lynn was invited by the the Cleveland Institute to record the Tibor Serly Piano Concerto „3x3“ with the Czech Symphony Orchestra. The recording is now a part of the famous „Fleisher Collection Series“. In USA, Lynn has collaborated with orchestras such as the Young Artist Philharmonic in Stamford, Hartfort Symphony Orchestra, Houston Sinfonietta, Indiana Symphony Orchesta, as both soloist and conductor. In Europe she has led operas just as the Wiesbaden State Opera, Hof State Opera, Darmstadt State Opera, Erfurt Opera, Meininger State Opera.
As a pedagog, Lynn inspired many young musician in Silvermine School of Music (2003-2005). She was the AI, assistant instructor in Indiana University (2005-2007). In Germany, Kao was an assistant professor at the Essen Folkwang University and guest instructor in Cologne School of Music, while being the pianist and the conductor in the Wiesbaden State Opera house (2007-2014). In 2015, Lynn followed the foot steps of Leonard Bernsteinʼs “Young Artist Series” with the New York Philharmonic. Her creation of the Young People's Concert Series „Operntrailor“; a combination of opera overtures, movie theme songs, slide shows and cartoon video clips. She moderated, conducted, sang and played the piano, which very much inspired and brought many young people into the opera house wanting more. Kaoʼs Young Peopleʼs Series, inspired by Leonard Bernstein, will be present near NYC in the up coming seasons.
Lynn was discovered by the Kosciuszko Competition in NYC (2005) and has received several national and international prizes. She was a semifinalist in the Sir George Solti International Competition in Frankfurt Germany and the Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition in Belgium (2007). After winning the Val Tidone International Chamber Music Competition with her piano trio Enos, Ms. Kao toured Europe with Enos Trio, giving masterclasses and concerts. The Enos Trio created two important young people's concert series in Baunatal and Wuppertal, Germany; where the young people received private lessons and performed with members of the Enos trio in concerts.
Lynn have had the pleasure to collaborate with great musicians such as Janos Starker, Josef Gingold, Maria Kliegel, Daniel Barenboim. Her video recording of the „Cello Masterclass“ with the famous cellist Maria Kliegel for the Schott Musik Verlag inspired many great cellists. Ms. Kao’s mentors include Peter Serkin, Karen Shaw, Evelyne Brancart, George Sebök, Menahem Pressler, Pavel Gililov. Lynn is a graduate for Indiana University with honour and finished her master and doctorate at the Cologne School of Music.
Since 2018, Lynn is the guest conductor in Gyumri State Symphony Orchestra and honorary professor in the Gyumri State Conservatory. Her upcoming concerts includes TX Sinfonietta, (USA), North Bavarian Symphony, solo recital in Hamburg, duo recital in Cologne Germany with young cellist Manuel Lipstein (Germany), tour in Taiwan of “around the world in 90 min. with Lynn Kao”. In summer 2020, Lynn will be in the Hellenikon Idyllion festival in Greece and Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival in Germany.