Conductor Yue Bao serves as conducting assistant 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, closely working with Yannick Nézet-Séguin. At Curtis, she was active as both a conductor and assistant, working with Michael Tilson Thomas, Osmo Vänskä, Gilbert Varga, Giancarlo Guerrero, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya.

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 major accolades from audiences and musicians. Prior to her time at Curtis, in 2015, she served as a conducting fellow at the Eastern Music Festival under Gerard Schwarz. Bao made her subscription debut with the Houston Symphony on their opening night concert of the 20/21 season. This debut followed a successful series of livestream concert performances with the orchestra throughout the summer of 2020.

Highlights of the upcoming season include a subscription debut with the San Antonio Symphony.

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 (2015-17), 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 Bachelor 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.



Yue Bao is represented worldwide by Tanja Dorn at Dorn Music.

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April 2021


Yue Bao | John Corigliano “Mannheim Rocket”

Yue Bao: Britten “Four Sea Interludes”  –  Storm | Curtis Symphony Orchestra

Janáček: Capriccio for Piano and Chamber Ensemble (excerpt) | Houston Symphony

Mahler : Symphony No.5  Adagietto | The New Symphony Orchestra, Sofia, Bulgaria July 2016

Yue Bao: Britten “Four Sea Interludes” – Moonlight | Curtis Symphony Orchestra

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