Darrell Ang (2007)

Darrell Ang (2007)

Grand Prix of the 50th International Competition for Young Conductors, « Public favorite prize »

[Singaporean, 30 years the day of the Final]

Michel Plasson, jury chaiman

Darrell Ang was born in Singapore in 1977, where he studied violin, piano and bassoon, before moving into orchestral conducting.  After winning prizes at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and Yale University, he studied interpretation under Sir Colin Davis, Lorin Maazel and J.E. Gardiner.

He won First Prize at the 50th International Young Conductors Competition in Besançon (Grand Prix and Public Prize) in 2007, and was also awarded the Orchestra Prize. He won the 2008 Arturo Toscanini Competition in Parma and was Principal Guest Conductor for the orchestra of the same name until 2010. In 2011, Darrell Ang was invited by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sir Colin Davis and Vladimir Jurowsky to succeed Gustavo Dudamel as Young Conductor in Residence at the Philharmonia Orchestra and London Philharmonic, a position supported by the ALLIANZ CULTURAL FOUNDATION.

Darrell Ang co-founded the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in 2001 and is frequently invited to the Opera where he has conducted La Traviata, The Marriage of Figaro and Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. He often returns to St. Petersburg to work with the White Nights Festival.

He has regularly conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and Orchestre Lamoureux as well as the orchestras of Brittany, Toulouse and Metz and the Orchestre national de Lyon. He routinely returns to the Besançon Festival. During the new production of the Magic Flute by Opéra Bordeaux in January 2010, Forum Opéra wrote: ‘Darrell Ang, a young conducting prodigy who wielded the baton for his first opera in France, was in tune with the production, and displayed neither pretension nor religiosity. His fresh and playful direction managed to reconcile us with a work that had fallen out of favour through excessive intellectualism.’  Darell Ang will return to the Opéra de Bordeaux this coming season to conduct the French composition JOURNAL DE NIJINSKY by Detlef Glanert.

Highly regarded in Europe, Darrell Ang made his debut with the London Philharmonia at the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris in 2011 before returning in 2012 to conduct the Long-Thibaut competition’s laureates’ concert at the Opéra Comique. He will be Guest Conductor for a contemporary music production this coming season.  His debuts at the Orchestra Verdi in Milan and the London Philharmonic Orchestra were followed by invitations to conduct further performances, a situation repeated by the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. The list of orchestras conducted by Ang is long: the Orchestra Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Orchestra Regionale dell’Emiglia Romagna, Orchestra della Toscana and Orchestra Verdi in Italy; while in Asia he has forged special ties with orchestras that regularly ask him to return, such as the National Taiwan Orchestra, the Taiwan Philharmonic, the Taipei Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. In Germany he was invited to guest conduct for the Jena and Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestras last season, and he is regularly asked to return to the Münchener Rundfunkorchester, the Beethovenorchester Bonn and the Wiener Kammerorchester.

Darrell Ang’s passion for education and training young people saw him establish the Singapore National Youth Orchestra, which he has directed since 2008 and takes on worldwide tours, most recently in Europe in summer 2012 with a final concert at Berlin’s Konzerthaus.

Darrell Ang was awarded a special status at the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, which for the first time in its one hundred year history created the position of Young Associate Conductor from 2007-2013.  Darrell Ang still serves as the Principal Guest Conductor at the orchestra in his home town. He has been the Musical Director at the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne since September 2012. He is eager to establish a musical programme with this orchestra, which is as comfortable with the major repertoire (Beethoven cycle) as it is with reaching disadvantaged audiences using smaller ensembles, during concerts in prisons or hospitals for example. He is passionate about discovering Breton music: aside from performing with his orchestra at various Celtic music festivals, in 2012 he devised a programme focusing on the Breton period of the Jazz composer: Dave Brubeck. The Cité de la Musique in Paris invited the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne  to celebrate the year of Singaporean Culture in France in March 2015, conducted by Darrell Ang of course.

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