Lim Yau, conductor
Lim Yau has become a popular figure with the audience in Singapore
since his conducting debut with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in 1983. Besides
his contribution to SSO's subscription and choral concert series, Lim has come
to be associated with the thematic approach to programming the ever-popular
Family Concerts, the Familiar Favourites series as well as the open air concerts.
Lim is equally versatile in the operatic repertoire. Having
begun his career with the Bayreuth Festival, Lim made his opera conducting debut
with Puccini's La Boheme at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama in
1983. His repertoire has since included Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream,
J Strauss' Die Fledermaus, Verdi's La Traviata, Lehar's Land of Smiles and Bizet's
Carmen. For the Singapore Lyric Theatre, of which he is the Music Director,
Lim has conducted their inaugural production of Mozart's Magic Flute in 1991,
and has subsequently conducted Lehar's Merry Widow, Rossini's Barber of Seville
and Puccini's Madame Butterfly.
A graduate of the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall
School of Music and Drama, London, Lim also studied under eminent conducting
teachers such as Franco Ferrara at the Accademia Musicale Chigians in Siena
and Sergiu Celibidache (Munich) from whom he won a scholarship to work with
the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.
Besides his regular appearances with the Singapore Symphony
Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Chorus, Lim also guest conducts orchestras
from the Asian region. He is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Shanghai
Philharmonic Orchestra, Associate Conductor and Chorus Master of the Singapore
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, as well as the Music Director of the Singapore
Lim was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 1990 for his contributions
to music in Singapore.