Kelly Kuo | Conductor
Praised by the Cincinnati Enquirer as “a leader of exceptional musical gifts, who has a clear technique on the podium and an impressive rapport with audiences,” Maestro Kelly Kuo brings a dynamic versatility and nuance to a diverse repertoire, which includes over 80 operas and an expansive symphonic repertoire as well. Recent operatic engagements have included productions with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cincinnati Opera, Kentucky Opera, Madison Opera, Tulsa Opera, Anchorage Opera, Opera Pacific, and Lyric Opera San Diego. Maestro Kuo also led performances of Porgy and Bess on New York Harlem Production’s tour of Hamburg, Munich, and Las Palmas. Upcoming engagements include Seattle Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera Columbus, and Brevard Music Center.
As Artistic Director of Oregon Mozart Players, Maestro Kuo recently extended his contract through 2021, having “transformed this chamber group into...a band of professional, enthusiastic and superior musicians, playing confidently as one unit" (The Register Guard). Recent symphonic engagements have included concerts with Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, and Ballet Fantastique. Maestro Kuo also curated and conducted the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s inaugural Summermusik festival as Interim Music Director and has served on the conducting staff of the Atlanta Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Opera Pacific.
An Oregon native and recipient of a Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistant Award for young conductors, Kuo continues to concertize as a keyboardist as the only living pianist to have studied with two pupils of the Russian virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz
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