Biography

Artistic Director/Chief Conductor of The Sichuan Orchestra of China (Sichuan Symphony Orchestra) since December 2016, Darrell Ang is a Grammy-nominated conductor and regular guest with some of the world's major orchestras. Just last year, he opened the London Philharmonic's season at Eastbourne, conducted Paris' Orchestre de Lamoureux at the Théâtre du Champs-Elysées and made his début with the Japan Philharmonic. He also took the Thüringen Philharmonie on tour through Germany and Belgium, conducted Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra at China's celebratory "70th Anniversary of the Founding of New China" concert, took the Sichuan orchestra on tour through China and performed at the televised League of West China Orchestras Convention, and released several albums on the NAXOS label to rave reviews from international press and critics.
 

An accomplished conductor of opera, Darrell's growing profile saw recent performances of Don Giovanni and Rigoletto at the Mariinsky, Carmen at Estonian National Opera, Die Zauberflöte and Nijinsky's Tagebuch in Bordeaux, Der fliegende Holländer in Singapore and Così fan tutte in Toulon. He appears frequently in the UK (Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic), France (Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine), Germany (Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Munich Symphony), Italy (Orchestra Sinfonica La Verdi, Orchestra Haydn, etc.), Spain (Barcelona Symphony), Austria (Vienna Chamber), Slovakia (Slovak Philharmonic), Estonia (Estonian National Symphony), Russia (Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Academic Symphony), Denmark (Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester), Turkey (Tekfen Philharmonic), Japan (NHK Symphony, Japan Philharmonic), China (National Symphony, NCPA Orchestra), Taiwan (NSO Taiwan, National Taiwan Symphony), Australia (Queensland Symphony), New Zealand (New Zealand Symphony), Singapore (Singapore Symphony) and The Philippines (Manila Symphony).
 

Born in Singapore, Darrell studied composition with Leong Yoon Pin before he went to St. Petersburg (Russia) where he continued in orchestral conducting with Leonid Korchmar, at Yale with Shinik Hahm, and undertook an intensive study of baroque music and the harpsichord at Italy's famed Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. In 2008 he became the youngest Associate Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under the guidance of Music Director Lan Shui, and also served as Music Director of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra. Also a composer of note, he has written for large symphony orchestras, chamber music formations and solo instrumental works. “Fanfare for a Frazzled Earth” - a symphonic overture about man’s devastation of nature and the environment - was commissioned in 2011 by German chemicals-company LANXESS and premiered that year by the Singapore National Youth Orchestra at the Esplanade Concert Hall.

Winner of the 9th Antonio Pedrotti International Competition and the 8th Arturo Toscanini International Competition, he went on to covet all three top awards at the 50th Besançon International Conductors' Competition (Grand Prize, Audience Prize and Orchestra Prize), leading to the Music Directorship of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne (2012-2015). Darrell was selected to join the International Conductors’ Academy of the Allianz Cultural Foundation, taking on residencies with the London Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Lorin Maazel, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Valery Gergiev were his mentors, to whom he remains grateful for their invaluable advice and support. He was conferred the Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of  Arts and Literature) by the French Government in 2015.

 

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