Lan Shui is renowned for his abilities as an orchestral builder. As Music Director of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for over twenty years, American Record Review noted that Shui has “turned good regional orchestra into a world class ensemble that plays its heart out at every concert”. As of January 2019, Shui steps down from his Music Director post to become Conductor Laureate of the Singapore orchestra and at same time takes on a position of Principal Guest Conductor of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra.
Shui also held the position of Chief Conductor of the Copenhagen Philharmonic from 2007 to 2015 and he continues to collaborate with the orchestra as its Honorary Conductor. As a guest conductor, Shui has worked with many orchestras worldwide which include Orchestra National de France, Deutsches Symphony-Orchester Berlin, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Japan Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Since 1998 Shui has recorded over 40 CDs which include highly acclaimed Beethoven nine Symphonies with the Copenhagen Philharmonic and complete Debussy orchestral works with the Singapore Symphony. His award also include the Cultural Medallion - Singapore’s highest accolade in the arts.