Darrell Ang’s triumph at the 50th Besancon International Young Conductor’s Competition, where he took all three top awards—Grand Prize, Audience Prize and Orchestra Prize—launched his international career leading to the music directorship of the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne and numerous guest conducting engagements with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano ‘Giuseppe Verdi’, St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Madrid, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, among others. Three years later Darrell Ang was selected to join the prestigious International Conductors’ Academy of the Allianz Cultural Foundation and invited to take on residencies with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In his native Singapore he became the youngest associate conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and served as the music director of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra. Darrell Ang’s uncommon gift was discovered at the age of four when he began to play the violin and piano. His training as a conductor was in St Petersburg followed by study at Yale.