Lan Shui is renowned for his abilities as an orchestral builder and for his passion in commissioning, premiering and recording new works by leading Asian composers. As Music Director of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for over twenty years, American Record Review noted that Shui has “turned a good regional orchestra into a world-class ensemble that plays its heart out at every concert”. Together they made several acclaimed tours to Europe, Asia and the United States. As of January 2019, Shui steps down from his post in Singapore and takes on the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra.
Shui also held the position of Chief Conductor of the Copenhagen Phil from 2007 to 2015 and he continues to collaborate with the orchestra as its Honorary Conductor. Important engagements for the 18/19 season include concerts with Hangzhou Philharmonic in his hometown of Hangzhou, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and a return to the opera pit for Zhou Long’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Madame White Snake at the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Aside from his busy schedule in Asia, this season he makes his debut with the Orchestre National de France in Paris.
As a guest conductor, Shui has worked with many orchestras worldwide. In Asia he has conducted the Hong Kong, Malaysian and Japan Philharmonic orchestras and maintains a close relationship with the China Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony. In the United States he has has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony. European collaborations include Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony and Orchestre National de Lille.
Since 1998 Shui has recorded over 35 CDs with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for BIS. He is the recipient of several international awards, including the Cultural Medallion - Singapore’s highest accolade in the arts.