Yue Bao

Conductor Yue Bao serves as the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation Assistant Conductor of the Houston Symphony.

Bao made her subscription debut with the Houston Symphony on their opening night concert of the 20/21 season, and has led the orchestra for their Summer concert series at the Miller Theater in 2021 and in 2022 as well as on subscription in the 21/22 season. She made her Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut at the 2021 Ravinia Festival and has since debuted with the San Francisco Symphony and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She will debut with the Minnesota Orchestra in July 2022.

Bao was the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Conducting Fellow at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. In 2018, she served as the David Effron Conducting Fellow at the Chautauqua Music Festival, where she returns as a guest conductor for the 2022 summer season.

She has worked extensively in the United States and abroad. In 2019, Bao toured China with the Vienna Philharmonic, assisting Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Equally at home with both symphonic and operatic repertoire, she has conducted Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Bizet’s Carmen, Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny: Ein Songspiel, and Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium. She is also active as a pianist, recently playing for a production of Les contes d’Hoffmann at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.

Along with her Artist Diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Yannick Nezet-Seguin and was the Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow, Bao holds  Bachelors of Music degrees in orchestral conducting and opera accompanying from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the Mannes School of Music.