Taiwanese reaches finals of conductor competition
CNAPARIS--Taiwan's Wu Yao-yu has made it into the final three that will compete to win the 53rd International Competition for Young Conductors in Besancon, France on Saturday.
September 21, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
The 24 year-old Wu will be up against Hungarian Huba Hollokoi, 32, and German Kiril Stankow, 30, after winning the semifinal round on Wednesday.
Fellow Taiwanese conductors and also performed well in Besancon. Fan Kai-hsi, 30, (misidentified on the competition's website as Chinese) made it into the semifinal round (for the final five) while the 32-year-old Tseng Hsien-wen reached the quarterfinal round (for the final 10).
To qualify for the competition in Besancon, all three survived a grueling qualifying round, emerging from a field of 268 young conductors ranging in age from 15 to 35.
Taiwan's Lu Shao-chia, the music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, won the conductor's competition in 1988.