“Chinese-American conductor Lan Shui has laid down his baton as music director of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO), but the orchestra has named the 61-year-old its conductor laureate to honor his 22 years of service,” writes Akshita Nanda in Monday’s (1/28) Straits Times (Singapore). “The announcement was made last Saturday before Shui conducted the SSO, the Singapore Symphony Chorus & Youth Choir and several other choruses in a performance of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony at the Esplanade Concert Hall…. The title of conductor laureate is honorary…. Shui was first invited to conduct the SSO in 1993 by its founding music director Choo Hoey and became its music director in January 1997. Under his tenure, the orchestra has attracted well-known soloists such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and iconic conductors such as Russia-born Vladimir Ashkenazy and Shui’s own mentor, Estonia-born maestro Neeme Jarvi. The SSO has also performed at the well-known BBC Proms music festival in 2014 and given several successful overseas tours. Shui, who is a Singapore permanent resident, is giving up his post at the SSO to spend more time in Denmark with his wife and two sons, aged 13 and three.”

Posted January 30, 2019