Straits Times, Nov 8, 1996
By Ong Sor Fern
THE Singapore Symphony Orchestra has found
a new music director.
China-born Mr Lan Shui will be taking over
the post on Jan 1.
The position was vacated by maestro Choo
Hoey, who left the SSO in July this year
after a 17-year tenure.
As music director, Mr Lan will spend just
16 weeks a year in Singapore.
This may seem like an inadequate amount of
time but he said: "I think it is healthy
for the music director to be engaged with
other orchestras -- it provides me greater
exposure to different styles and orchestras
of international standing which in turn can
be translated into greater exposure for the
"The SSO will also benefit from
working with other good conductors."
The 39-year-old has conducted the SSO
On his plans for the orchestra, Mr Lan
said: "We will definitely take the SSO
on tours and do more recordings as all these
mean greater exposure and experience. We will
also commission works specially for the
Mr Lan began studying violin at the age of
five but his studies were interrupted by the
His professional conducting debut was with
the Central Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing
in May, 1985 and he became the conductor of
the Beijing Symphony Orchestra two months
Since then, he has won accolades at the
Beijing Arts Festival and the 37th Besancon
International Conductors Competition.
Among the orchestras he has worked with
are the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute
Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the
He is associate conductor of the Detroit
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