Lan Shui is renowned for his abilities as an orchestral builder and for his passion in commissioning, premièring and recording new works. Music director of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra since 1997, he has in the words of American Record Review ‘turned a good regional orchestra into a world-class ensemble’. Together they have made several acclaimed tours to Europe, Asia and the United States and appeared for the first time at the BBC Proms in 2014.
With effect from January 2019, Shui will take on the position of principal guest conductor of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. Lan Shui has also held the position of chief conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra (2007–15). As a guest conductor, he has worked with leading orchestras worldwide, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony and Orchestre National de France. In Asia he has conducted the Hong Kong and Japan Philharmonic Orchestras and maintains a close relationship with the China Philharmonic Orchestra and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
Since 1998 Lan Shui has recorded over 35 discs with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for BIS – including the first ever complete cycle of Alexander Tcherepnin’s symphonies. He is the recipient of several international awards from the Beijing Arts Festival and the New York Tcherepnin Society, the 37th Besançon Conductors’ Competition in France as well as the Cultural Medallion – Singapore’s highest accolade in the arts.