Taiwan conductor Liao Yuan-hong comes third in international competition

Liao said he has had the same dream of becoming a successful conductor since he was a boy

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Taiwanese conductor Liao Yuan-hong (center) wins third place at the second BMI International Bucharest Conducting Competition in Romania. (CNA photo)

Taiwanese conductor Liao Yuan-hong (center) wins third place at the second BMI International Bucharest Conducting Competition in Romania. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwanese conductor Liao Yuan-hong (廖元宏) came third at the second BMI International Bucharest Conducting Competition in Bucharest, Romania, on Sunday (July 28), Central News Agency (CNA) reported on Monday.

Liao told CNA in an interview that his performance was a bit “off,” but “I will work harder.”

The jury included internationally renowned conductors Jin Wang and Jorma Panula. Thirty contestants from 17 countries took part in the competition that consisted of four rounds, CNA reported.

The 27-year-old studies orchestral music and choral conducting at Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, after studying conducting at the Department of Music, National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) for one year, according to the news agency.

The young conductor said his dream of becoming a conductor has been constant since he was a boy who attended music classes.

“I have had at least 20 setbacks in various competitions during my life so far, and they are still continuing. However, I will view them in a positive light, learn the lesson, and continue to adjust,” he told CNA.

Liao said he started receiving systematic training as a conductor at NTNU’s Department of Music. He added this was the foundation for his continued studies in Europe.