Lan Shui, conductor
'Gil Shaham plays both works in fine style. The SSO play with verve and finesse, and the recorded sound is particularly full and well blended.'
'Shaham remains himself throughout, displaying his characteristic rich tone production and technical alertness, but he displays insight into the devices that help create the work’s [Butterfly Lovers] special identity if not with a memory of hearing it performed. Its cinematic lushness and its idiomatic violin part should help it gain a foothold, now after almost 50 years…. The recorded sound, with sufficient breadth and depth to capture the orchestra’s full dynamic range, nevertheless focusing directly on the soloist, shows all the detail that Shaham has worked into his performances… Strongly recommended for a welcome performance of The Butterfly Lovers and urgently recommended for an urgent reading of Tchaikovsky.'
Lan Shui joined the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as Music Director in 1997. Under his direction, the Orchestra began making its acclaimed recordings, and he has led it on several successful tours.
Lan Shui is passionate about premiering and commissioning works by Asian and Singaporean composers. He is also the Principal Guest Conductor of the Aalborg Symphony in Denmark, and from 2007/08 season has been Chief Conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic.
Born in China, Lan Shui made his professional conducting debut with the Central Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing in 1986 and was later appointed Conductor of the Beijing Symphony. In 1990 he conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Summer Festival, where he came to the attention of David Zinman who invited him to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as Conducting Affiliate in 1992. From 1994 to 1997, he was Associate Conductor to Neeme Järvi at the Detroit Symphony. In the sameperiod he assisted Kurt Masur at the New York Philharmonic and conducted the Cleveland Orchestra in Paris as part of Pierre Boulez’s young conductors’ project.
Lan Shui has conducted many renowned orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Malmö Symphony and the Munich Chamber Orchestra. Lan Shui is the recipient of several international awards, including awards from the Beijing Arts Festival, New York Tcherepnin Society, 37th Besançon Conductors Competition in France andthe Boston University Distinguished Alumni Award.