Lan Shui

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Lan Shui (Chinese: 水蓝, born 1957[1]) is a Chinese-American conductor. He was the Music Director of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2019. He retire as Music Director on January 26 2019, and was given the title of Conductor Laureate by chairman of the SSO Mr Goh Yew Lin.[2]

Born in Hangzhou, China, Shui is the son of a doctor and a banker. He began his musical studies on violin, but the Cultural Revolution interrupted his violin studies, and a subsequent football injury ended his dreams of becoming a violinist. At the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, he focused on conducting and composition, and worked regularly with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra. He continued his musical studies in the USA at Boston University and Tanglewood, where his instructors included Michael Charry, David Hoose, and classes at Tanglewood with Leonard Bernstein. He served as an assistant conductor with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and associate conductor with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Choo Hoey invited Shui to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) in 1993.[1] Shui succeeded Hoey as music director in 1997. His work in contemporary music has included leading the world premiere of Bernard Tan's Violin Concerto in January 2006, with the orchestra's leader Lynnette Seah as soloist. With the SSO, Lan Shui has made commercial recordings for the BIS label.[3] He is scheduled to conclude his music directorship of the SSO in January 2019.[4] From 2007 to 2015, he was chief conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic. He was formerly principal guest conductor of the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra.

Shui is the recipient of several international awards, including the Boston University's Distinguished Alumni Award. He also received the Cultural Medallion in 2009 in recognition of his work for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He also appears semi-regularly with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra (NTSO) .

Shui has been married twice. He has a son from his first marriage, and a son from his second marriage.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Akshita Nanda (12 July 2016). "Maestro Shui Lan's career almost derailed after cycling accident". Straits Times. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  2. ^ Akshita Nanda (27 January 2019). "Singapore Symphony Orchestra's outgoing music director Lan Shui named conductor laureate".
  3. ^ Andrew Clements (24 October 2003). "Tcherepnin Piano Concertos: Ogawa/Singapore Symphony/Shui". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Lan Shui to step down as SSO's Music Director" (Press release). Singapore Symphony Orchestra. 11 January 2017. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017.

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Preceded by
Choo Hoey
Music Director, Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Giordano Bellincampi
Principal Conductor, Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra
Succeeded by
Toshiyuki Kamioka