Conductor Yue Bao serves as the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation Assistant Conductor of the Houston Symphony, assisting Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada. In May 2019, she completed a two-year tenure as the Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music, working closely with Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She has been active as both a conductor and assistant, working with conductors, Michael Tilson Thomas, Osmo Vänskä, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marin Alsop, David Robertson, Itzhak Perlman.
Bao made her subscription debut with the Houston Symphony on their opening night concert of the 20/21 season, and conducted the orchestra for their 2021 summer concert series at the Miller Theater. She made her Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut at the 2021 Ravinia Festival. Highlights of this season include debuts with the San Francisco Symphony and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Bao was the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Conducting Fellow at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in 2019. In 2018, she served as the David Effron Conducting Fellow at the Chautauqua Music Festival, where her concerts with the Festival Orchestra received accolades from audiences and the musicians. She participated in the online iteration of the 2020 Tanglewood Conducting Seminar.
She has worked extensively in the United States and abroad. In 2019, Bao toured China with the Vienna Philharmonic, assisting Andrés Orozco-Estrada. She served as an assistant for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under JoAnn Falletta and David Lockington, making her conducting debut with the orchestra in 2016. Bao has also assisted Osmo Vänskä at the Minnesota Orchestra and Gilbert Varga at the St. Louis Symphony. Recent appearances include the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra, the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New Symphony Orchestra. 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, Bao holds Bachelors of Music degrees in orchestral conducting and opera accompanying from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music following her studies of composition and a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the Mannes School of Music.