Praised by the Cincinnati Enquirer as “a leader of exceptional musical gifts, who has a clear technique on the podium and an impressive rapport with audiences,” Kelly Kuo brings a dynamic versatility and nuance to a diverse repertoire, which includes over 90 operas and an expansive symphonic repertoire as well. Currently in his eighth season as Artistic Director of Oregon Mozart Players, recent engagements have included productions with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cincinnati Opera, Kentucky Opera, Madison Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Brevard Music Center, Tulsa Opera, Anchorage Opera, and The University of Texas at Austin, and concerts with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, and Ballet Fantastique. He also curated and conducted the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s inaugural Summermusik festival as Interim Music Director. His 2019-2020 season includes debuts with Seattle Opera, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Opera Columbus, and the University of Memphis Opera Theater.
An Oregon native and recipient of a Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistant Award for young conductors, Kuo continues to concertize as a keyboardist as the only pianist to have studied with two pupils of the Russian virtuoso Vladimir Horowitz.