Lan Shui is renowned for his abilities as an orchestral builder and for his passion in commissioning, premièring and recording new works by leading composers. Currently principal guest conductor of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Shui served as the music director of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2019, when he was appointed the orchestra’s conductor laureate. From 2007 to 2015 he was also the chief conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic, currently holding the post of the orchestra’s honorary conductor.
As a guest conductor, Lan Shui has worked with many eminent orchestras worldwide. In the United States he has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and the Baltimore and Detroit Symphony Orchestras. In Europe he has performed with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France and Orchestre National de Lille. In Asia he has conducted the Hong Kong, Malaysian and Japan Philharmonic Orchestras and maintains a close relationship with the China Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras.
Since 1998 Lan Shui has recorded some 30 discs for BIS, including the first ever complete cycle of Alexander Tcherepnin’s symphonies. He is the recipient of several international awards including the Cultural Medallion, Singapore’s highest accolade in the arts.