Born into a musical family in Shanghai, Lü Jia began studying piano and cello from his parents at a very young age. He later studied conducting at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
Under the instruction of renowned conductor Ms. Zheng Xiaoying, he graduated at the top of his class one year early, in 1987. Two years later, he went to Germany’s Berlin University of the
Arts, where he continued his studies under Professors Hans-Martin Rabenstein and Robert Wolf.
Lü has conducted 2,000 concerts and operas in Europe and the Americas, and has cooperated with more than 100 opera houses and orchestras, including the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich,
the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and La Scala in Milan, as well as opera houses in many countries and cities in Europe. He has also worked with major orchestras in Berlin, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich,
Bamberg, Chicago, Italy, Rome, Birmingham, Norway, Hong Kong, France, Finland, and all the major orchestras in Australia.
Mr. Lü has been the Music Director of the Arena di Verona, the world’s largest open-air opera
theater, Principal Conductor for the Trieste Opera, Tuscany Regional Orchestra in Florence, Lazio
Chamber Orchestra in Rome, and Sweden’s Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra. He has also been
a frequent guest conductor with the Hallé Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
in England, the Dortmund Opera House in Germany, and the Milan Giuseppe Verdi Symphony
Orchestra in Italy.
At present, Mr. Lü is the Artistic Director of the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife in Spain, the
Opera Director of the China National Opera House, as well as the Honorary Dean of Dalian Arts
College. Since September of 2008, he is the Musical Director and Principal Conductor of the