“Lin Liao did not only deftly bring this subtle score to life, but also imbued the work
with a palpable energy (which even lasted through the general pause) and proved
herself a personality with great inner strength.”
(Wiener Zeitung)

Lin Liao is part of a new generation of conductors and has distinguished herself with
her openness to innovative art forms and an intense engagement with
unconventional and boundary-crossing programmes. With a repertoire spanning
classical to contemporary works, she brings her keen sensitivity to sound and a
talent for sensitively bringing out musical drama to her work on the concert podium
as well as in the opera.
Artistic Director of the Ensemble LABORATORIUM since the beginning of 2015, Lin
Liao is particularly committed to close collaboration with young composers and
commissioning new works. An esteemed interpreter of contemporary music, she
has conducted world premieres with the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Aventure and
the Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI, and has given concerts with the
Collegium Novum Zürich, KammerensembleNeueMusik Berlin and the Ensemble
Avantgarde. She has also made guest appearances as part of the musica nova series
at the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the MDR’s Sende(r)musik series as well as at the
LUCERNE FESTIVAL, Festival ManiFeste in Paris, Ultraschall Festival in Berlin,
KLANGSPUREN SCHWAZ Festival and the Taiwan International Music Festival.
The conductor’s talent was recognised early on by Pierre Boulez and Peter Eötvös,
who entrusted Lin Liao with the conductor’s role in Stockhausen’s Gruppen at the
Lucerne Festival 2007. Since then she has continued working closely with Peter
Eötvös, who invited her to the HOLLAND FESTIVAL 2009, where she assisted him in
the performance of Edgar Varèse’s complete works and led rehearsals with the
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble. In 2016 she
conducted a ‘World Premiere Marathon’: eight works commissioned by the
SchweizerischerTonkünstlerverein premiered over the course of one day at the
LUCERNE FESTIVAL. In 2018 she was again invited to the LUCERNE FESTIVAL to
conduct Stockhausen’s Inori with the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL
She gained experience of a wide range of opera and music theatre repertoire
through her time as 1. Kapellmeister at the Landestheater in Schleswig-Holstein, as
well as through engagements in Chemnitz and Wittenberg and guest appearances at
the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Wiener Operntheater and the Theater Krefeld /
Mönchengladbach, leading works such as Tiefland, Hänsel und Gretel, Die Entführung
ausdemSarail, Madame Butterfly, La Cenerentola, La Traviata, Don Carlo and Die