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Dane Lam

Conductor

BIO

The Chinese-Australian conductor, Dane Lam, Principal Conductor of China’s Xi’an Symphony Orchestra, enjoys a career spanning three continents. With a particularly close relationship with London’s Opera Holland Park, he is equally at home in the theatre as on the concert platform.

“The Chinese-Australian conductor, Dane Lam, Principal Conductor of China’s Xi’an Symphony Orchestra, enjoys a career spanning three continents. With a particularly close relationship with London’s Opera Holland Park, he is equally at home in the theatre as on the concert platform.

Dane made his debut, aged only eighteen, with the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House and has since conducted an array of leading international orchestras and opera companies including: the Queensland, Adelaide, Canberra, Dunedin, Kunming, and Shandong Symphony Orchestras, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Het Residentie Orkest, City of London Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata, South Bank Sinfonia, Liverpool Philharmonic Ensemble 10/10, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra and Opera Queensland, Scottish Opera, and Bury Court Opera.

Since first conducting for Opera Holland Park in 2014, Dane has returned to the festival each season. His London mainstage debut with OHP’s La Cenerentola attracted widespread critical acclaim. Apart from La Cenerentola, Dane has also conducted performances of various operas at OHP including Don, Giovanni, Aida, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Norma and the family opera, Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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“He was able to get the kind of precision in the complex ensembles that one expects of a top Italian maestro in this repertoire … Thanks to Lam’s witty and precise conducting, the ensembles went with an authentically madcap Rossinian zing.”

Hugh Canning

Opera Magazine

In his other musical home, the ancient city of Xi’an, the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra has grown exponentially under Dane’s leadership

“In his other musical home, the ancient city of Xi’an, the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra has grown under Dane’s leadership. Since assuming the post of Principal Conductor in 2014, XSO’s classical subscription offering has almost doubled while attendance has increased commensurately. He led the very first staged, professional opera in this 3000-year-old city with Tosca in 2015 and Le nozze di Figaro in 2016 while raising the artistic standard and profile of the orchestra to attract such artists as Jose Carreras, Sumi Jo, Midori Goto, and Yundi Li.  Dane conducted the XSO at the 2016 CCTV1 Mid-Autumn Festival Gala which was televised live around China and internationally to an audience exceeding one billion views while presiding over a period of financial security for the organisation and forging international partnerships. Moreover, Xi’an has seen important premieres during Dane’s tenure including the first Mahler Symphony (Symphony No. 4) in 2016 as well as the city’s first cycle of Beethoven Symphonies in 2017.

In the 2018 season, Dane was also honoured by the broader opera community with his nomination as “Best Newcomer” in the International Opera Awards, to be announced early April at the ceremony at London’s Coliseum.

This season’s engagements include his return to Opera Holland Park for a new production of Così fan tutte; La Traviata and excerpts from The Rake’s Progress with Scottish Opera; Giulio Cesare with Bury Court Opera; Norma with Chelsea Opera Group; Carl Davis’s Alice’s Adventures in Winter Wonderland with De Dutch Don’t Dance Division and Het Residentie Orkest; concerts with the Queensland, Western Australia, Suzhou, Beijing and Canberra Symphony Orchestras; as well as a full season of concerts with the XSO with such collaborators as Stephen Hough, Lauren Fagan, Freddy Kempf, Feng Ning, and Liwei Qin and masterworks including Mahler’s Second Symphony and Bernstein’s Candide in concert.

Born in Brisbane, Australia to an Australian mother and a Singaporean-Chinese father, Dane played piano, clarinet, and saxophone as a child, gaining entrance to the University of Queensland where he studied conducting under Gwyn Roberts. As an alumnus of Symphony Services Australia’s Conductor Development Program Dane conducted most of Australia’s professional ensembles before the age of twenty and was propelled into an assistantship with Gianluigi Gelmetti, then Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony and Teatro dell’opera di Roma. With Gelmetti, Dane led the Sydney Symphony on tour as well as in the Sydney Opera House as well as spending three summers studying at Siena’s Accademia Musicale Chigiana. Dane attained his Masters from The Juilliard School on a full scholarship under James DePreist before undertaking a highly-successful Junior Fellowship in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music under Sir Mark Elder, Clark Rundell and Mark Heron.

Previously, Dane was Assistant Conductor to the Kurt Masur at the Orchestre National de France; and a Young Artist with Opera Queensland. He is an International Ambassador of the Royal Northern College of Music and currently divides his time between London, Xi’an, and Brisbane.”

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“[Dane] Lam’s general approach is invigorating… and the City of London Sinfonia plays vivaciously”

Richard Morrison

The Times

SCHEDULE

11 February, 2018, 5.00 PM

Scottish Opera Connect
Scottish Opera Studios, Edington Street, Glasgow, Scotland

Stravinsky, The Rake’s Progress (excerpts)

Nicky Spence, Tom Rakewell
Hazel McBain, Anne Trulove
Scottish Opera Connect Company
Orchestra of Scottish Opera

21 & 23 February, 2018, 7.30 PM

Canberra Symphony Orchestra
Llewellyn Hall, ANU, Canberra, Australia

Vine, Microsymphony
Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 2
Kats-Chernin, Alexander Rag
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 9

Tamara-Anna Cislowska, piano

8, 10, 13, 15, 17 March 2018

Bury Court Opera

 

Handel, Giulio Cesare in Egitto

Greg Eldridge, director

24 March, 2018, 7.30 PM

Xi’an Symphony Orchestra

Xi’an Concert Hall, China

Mahler, Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection”
Sofia Troncoso, soprano
Anna Harvey, mezzo soprano

Xi’an Symphony Chorus
University of Queensland Chamber Singers
with students and faculty from the University of Queensland School of Music

14 April, 2018, 7.45 PM

Xi’an Symphony Orchestra
Xi’an Concert Hall, China

MozartCosì fan tutte overture
R. Strauss, Four Last songs
Brahms, Serenade No. 1

Lauren Fagan, soprano

31 May, 6, 8, 16, 20, 22 June, 2018, 7.15 PM

Opera Holland Park
Holland Park, London, U.K.

Mozart, Così fan tutte

13 June, 2018, 8.00 PM

Opera Holland Park Hope for Grenfell Memorial Gala
Holland Park, London, U.K.

City of London Sinfonia
Dane Lam & Mathew Waldren, conductors

Singers include: Peter Auty, Cheryl Barker, Nadine Benjamin, Susan Bullock, David Butt Philip, Peter Coleman-Wright, Nico Darmanin, Eleanor Dennis, Grant Doyle, Anne Sophie Duprels, Lauren Fagan, Stephen Gadd, Nicholas Garrett, Brenden Gunnell, Ben Johnson, Ellie Laugharne, Nicholas Lester, Elizabeth Llewellyn, Robert Murray, Nick Pritchard, Gweneth-Ann Rand, Natalya Romaniw, Lucy Schaufer, Nicky Spence, David Stephenson, Sarah Tynan, Kitty Whately, Laura Woods, Fflur Wyn

22 July, 2018, 7.45 PM

Xi’an Symphony Orchestra
Xi’an Concert Hall, China

Webern, Passacaglia
Dvorak, Cello Concerto
Brahms, Symphony No. 2

Liwei Qin, cello

5 August, 2018, 7.45 PM

Xi’an Symphony Orchestra
Xi’an Concert Hall, China

Mendelssohn, The Hebrides, overture ‘Fingal’s Cave’
Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1
Brahms, Symphony No. 3

Freddy Kempf, piano

19 August, 2018, 7.45 PM

Xi’an Symphony Orchestra
Xi’an Concert Hall, China

Bernstein, Candide’ in concert

4 October, 2018, 7.45 PM

Xi’an Symphony Orchestra
Xi’an Concert Hall, China

Brahms, Hungarian Dance No. 6
Dvorak, Piano Concerto
J. Strauss IIRosen aus dem Süden
R. Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier, suite

Stephen Hough, piano

 

14 October, 2018, 11.30 AM

Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Concert Hall, QPAC, Brisbane, Australia

Tradies and Artists: Music on Sunday

LörtzingZar und Zimmeman, overture
Mussorgsky, Great Gate of Kiev
Weber, Der Freischutz, overture
WagnerDie Meistersinger von Nürnberg, overture

and much more …

 

27 October, 2018, 7.30 PM

Chelsea Opera Group
Cadogan Hall, London, United Kingdom

Bellini, Norma

Helena Dix, Norma
Further casting coming soon

9 November, 2018, 7.45 PM

Xi’an Symphony Orchestra
Xi’an Concert Hall, China

Berio/BoccheriniRitirata notturna di Madrid
LaloSymphonie Espagnole
Mahler‘Blumine’ from Symphony No. 1
Berio/Schubert, Rendering

Feng Ning, violin

 

8 December, 2018, 7.30 PM

Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Concert Hall, QPAC, Brisbane, Australia

Handel, Messiah

Anna Leese, soprano
Sian Pendry, mezzo soprano
Andrew Goodwin, tenor
Christopher Tonkin, bass

Brisbane Chamber Choir

 

15 December, 2018, 7.30 PM

Western Australian Symphony Orchestra
Langley Park, Perth

Symphony in the City
Symphony in the City is Perth’s largest free outdoor classical music concert and is the signal that summer has arrived and Christmas is around the corner. Join the Orchestra, WASO Chorus and special guest soloists for a fun-filled evening that features exciting, beautiful and heart melting music from your favourite classical works and film music scores.

25-28 December 2018, 2.30 & 7.30 PM

De Dutch Don’t Dance Division
Residentie Orkest
Zuiderstrandtheater, The Hague, Netherlands

Carl Davis, Alice in Winter Wonderland

 

CONTACT

For worldwide booking enquiries (excl. Australia and New Zealand) please contact

Christoph Mayr
Rayfield Allied

For Australia and New Zealand booking enquiries please contact

Patrick Togher
Patrick Togher Artists’ Management

christoph.mayr@rayfieldallied.com

patrick@patricktogher.com

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