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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, Shandong, and Suzhou 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 Australia, Opera Queensland, Scottish Opera, Chelsea Opera Group 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 and popular acclaim. Apart from La Cenerentola, Dane has also conducted various operas at OHP including Così fan tutte, L’arlesiana, Don Giovanni, Aida, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Norma and the family opera, Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Because of his contribution to the operatic scene, in the 2018 season, Dane was honoured by the broader opera community with his nomination as “Best Newcomer” in the International Opera Awards.  

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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, Nikolai Demidenko, Midori Goto, Stephen Hough, Yundi Li, Anne Sophie Mutter, Feng Ning and Liwei Qin.  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 viewers 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.

This season’s engagements include Dane’s debut with Opera Australia, conducting La bohème; a return to Opera Holland Park for a new production of Cilea’s rarely performed L’arlesiana; his mainstage debut with Opera Queensland in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice; Carl Davis’s A Christmas Carol with Het Residentie Orkest and De Dutch Don’t Dance Division in the Hague; concerts with the Adelaide and Suzhou Symphony Orchestras and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera; as well as a full season of concerts with the XSO with such collaborators as Nikolai Demidenko, Barry Douglas, Kirill Gerstein and Angela Hewitt, and masterworks including Mahler’s Sixth Symphony.

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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“Cilea’s vividly coloured score, superbly played by the City of London Sinfonia under the detailed direction of Dane Lam, takes this mundane tale of a broken heart to the level of grand tragedy, driving it ever onwards towards doom.”

Stephen Pritchard

The Observer

Media

SCHEDULE

10 February 2019, 5.00 PM

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Festival Theatre, Adelaide, Australia

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at this family event that draws on both the old and new, from China and the West.

Liwei Qin, cello

 

1 March 2019, 7.30 PM

Orchestra of Scottish Opera
Ayr Town Hall, Ayr, Scotland

Schubert, Symphony No. 8 ‘Unfinished’
Strauss, Oboe Concerto
Brahms, Serenade No. 1

Amy Turner, oboe

 

9 March 2019, 7.30 PM

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

Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 1
Mendelssohn, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, complete incidental music

Angela Hewitt, piano
Cathy-Di Zhang, soprano
Carina DiGianfilippo, soprano

Xi’an Symphony Chorus

 

March 16 – 28 2019,  7.30 PM

Opera Australia
Sydney Opera House, Australia

Puccini, La bohème

 

27 April 2019, 7.30 PM

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

Walton, Orb and Sceptre coronation march
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 3
Elgar, Enigma Variations

Cao Peng, piano

 

May 11 2019, 7.30 PM

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

Borodin, Polovtsian Dances
Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5

Nikolai Demidenko, piano

 

May 18 2019, 7.30 PM

Xi’an Symphony Orchestra
The Museum of the Terracotta Army
Xi’an, China

Gala Event to Celebrate World Museum Day
Direct from the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, China

Beethoven, Symphony No. 9

 

 

June 8 2019, 7.30 PM

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

DvořákThe Water Goblin
Gershwin, Piano Concerto in F major
Smetana, Ma vlast

Kirill Gerstein, Piano

 

 

July 20, 25, 27, 31 August 2 2019,  7.30 PM

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

Cilea, L’arlesiana

 

August 24 2019, 7.30 PM

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

Mozart, Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 365
Mahler, Symphony No. 6

Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo
with musicians from the University of Queensland

 

 

September 7 2019, 7.30 PM

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

Rimsky-Korsakov, Neapolitan Song
Stravinsky, Petrushka (1947 version)
Khachaturian, selections from Gayane
Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy

 

 

October 12 2019, 7.30 PM

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

Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man
Gershwin, Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture
Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto No. 3

Barry Douglas, piano

 

 

October 24 – November 9 2019, 7.30 PM

Opera Queensland
QPAC Playhouse, Brisbane, Australia

Gluck, Orfeo ed Euridice 

 

 

November 23 2019, 7.30 PM

Suzhou Symphony Orchestra
Suzhou Symphony Hall, Suzhou, China

Wagner, Entry of the Gods into Valhalla
Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez
Berio/Boccherini,
Ritirata Notturna di Madrid
Resphighi, Vetrate di Chiesa

 

 

December 25-28 2019, 2.30 & 7.30 PM

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

Carl Davis, A Christmas Carol

 

 

June 27 2020, 7.30 PM

Chelsea Opera Group
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
United Kingdom

Donizetti, Roberto Devereux

Helena Dix, Elisabetta

 

 

CONTACT

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Christoph Mayr
Rayfield Allied

For Australia and New Zealand booking enquiries please contact

Patrick Togher
Patrick Togher Artists’ Management

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