"[Hindemith] was a great delight. So was Ang’s dispatch of Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony... All conductors want their musicians to watch and take note; and the players did.” - The Times (London)
"This was a positive collaboration between the performers – Ang contributing much, the Philharmonia incantatory, slithering, rampant, brutal and scintillating... and Ang, backed to the hilt by the Philharmonia Orchestra, synchronised a making-music reading that stole the show." - Classical Source
"To say that Ang grabbed both horns of the bull, like a young Leonard Bernstein in 1943 (he subbed for an ailing Bruno Walter), would be an understatement, and the chorus of bravos that greeted the magnificent performance was well earned. A star is born." - The Straits Times (Singapore)
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of The Sichuan Orchestra of China since December 2016, Darrell Ang is a regular guest conductor at the Mariinsky Theatre by invitation of Maestro Valery Gergiev. This season he returns to the NHK Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic with cellist Kian Soltani, Queensland Symphony with violist Antoine Tamestit, the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano/Trento, Munich Radio, Barcelona Symphony, China National Symphony, and National Taiwan Symphony with Vienna Philharmonic Principal Flautist Karl-Heinz Schütz. His numerous debuts include orchestras in Moscow, Bologna, Lausanne, Malmö, Ankara, Montpellier, Marseille, Denmark's Sønderborg and the Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo. His growing operatic profile includes 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.
One of Asia’s most sought-after conductors, Darrell Ang conducted orchestras in over twenty countries across the globe last season, including the ORF Vienna, Slovak Philharmonic, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie, New Zealand Symphony, Antalya Symphony, USA’s Pacific Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de la UAEH (Mexico), Estonian National and the Manila Symphony. Also a regular recording artist of uncommon pedigree, Darrell has scored many successes for the Naxos label: his first disc of Chinese composers was nominated for a Grammy in 2016, while other discs include bestselling albums of music by French composers.
Born in Singapore, Darrell Ang studied conducting in St. Petersburg with Leonid Korchmar and continued at Yale with Shinik Hahm. He became the youngest Associate Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra - working closely with Music Director Lan Shui - and also served as Music Director of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra. He took all three top awards at the 50th Besançon International Young Conductors' Competition - the Grand Prize, Audience Prize and Orchestra Prize - leading to the Music Directorship of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne (2012-2015). Three years later, Darrell was selected to join the International Conductors’ Academy of the Allianz Cultural Foundation, taking on residencies with the London Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestra. Lorin Maazel and Esa-Pekka Salonen were his mentors, to whom he remains grateful for their invaluable advice and support.
Darrell Ang has cultivated regular relationships with some of Europe's top orchestras, including Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique du Strasbourg, Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine, Orchestre National de Lille, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano "Giuseppe Verdi", Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Berlin Radio, Munich Symphony, Wiener Kammerorchester, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, RTVE Madrid, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Taiwan Philharmonic and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, etc. Also a composer of note, his “Fanfare for a Frazzled Earth” was commissioned by German chemicals company LANXESS and premiered by the Singapore National Youth Orchestra in 2011.
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