Born in Tianjin in China, En Shao started to play the piano and violin at the ages of four and five respectively and by the age of eighteen was working as a composer, pianist and percussionist with a local orchestra. After graduating from the Beijing Central Conservatory he became second principal conductor of the Chinese Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, a post he held for five years, and principal guest conductor of the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China and the National Youth Orchestra of China. He is currently chief xonductor of the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the China National Symphony Orchestra and a Royal Northern College of Music Honorary Fellow. As winner of the Sixth Hungarian Television International Conductor’s Competition in 1989, he conducted several performances with leading Hungarian orchestras. In January 1990 he became associate conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Between 1992 and 1995 he was principal conductor and artistic advisor of the Ulster Orchestra, with whom he made his Proms début. He has also held the positions of principal guest conductor of the Euskadi Orchestra in Spain and music director and principal conductor of the Macau Orchestra.