Jason Lai


Jason Lai is a leading light in a new generation of Asian conductors and has recently been appointed Associate Conductor for both the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Principal Conductor of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra.
Early success came when he won the BBC Young Conductors Workshop in 2002 and was awarded the post of Assistant Conductor to the BBC Philharmonic. His successful tenure with the orchestra gave him the opportunity to work closely with principal conductor Gianandrea Noseda, and to conduct other BBC orchestras and the BBC Singers in various concerts and recordings which have been broadcast on Radio 3. He made his BBC Proms debut with the BBC Philharmonic in 2003.
Jason was also a prize winner at the Leeds Conducting Competition and has assisted or taken part in masterclasses with Pierre Boulez, Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding, Claus Peter Flor, Eiji Oue and Robert Spano.
He has conducted the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Malaysian Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
There have also been appearances with the Ulster Orchestra, Liverpool Mozart Orchestra, Bampton Classical Opera, Salomon Orchestra, Haydn Chamber Orchestra, Havant Symphony Orchestra, Paragon Ensemble, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Singapore National Youth Orchestra, Orpheus Sinfonia, Evergreen Orchestra and Taipei Symphony Orchestra.
Opera credits include Manon with English Touring Opera; Tsarina°«s Shoes, Albert Herring, Beggar°«s Opera and Penelope with Guildhall Opera; Don Giovanni and L°«infedelta delusa with Bampton Opera; and Serse with British Youth Opera.
In addition to his conducting Jason is also a broadcaster and he has appeared on the panel of BBC Young Musician of the Year competition and was a judge for the BBC2 classical talent show Classical Star. He was one of the conducting mentors in the BBC2 series Maestro and won the competition with his celebrity student comedienne Sue Perkins. Other TV appearances include Clash for CBBC, How a Choir Works BBC4 and The Culture Show for BBC2.
Born in the UK Jason Lai began his musical studies at the age of eleven and was awarded a scholarship to Chetham°«s School of Music to study cello with Raphael Wallfisch and Gillian Thoday. A Hadow Scholarship enabled him to study cello and composition at Oxford University where he also toured extensively with the Allegri Quartet. After becoming a finalist in the BBC Young Composers Award his piece Synopsis was performed by London Sinfonietta. He completed his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he was awarded the Fellowship in Conducting.


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Date February 2nd, 2016(Tue) 7:00pm
Venue Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
Tokyo Performing Arts Festival 2016

Jason Lai (Conductor)
Kaoru Oe (Violin)
New Japan Philharmonic

Mendelssohn: The Hebrides in D Major, Op.26, "Fingal's Cave"
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64
L.V.Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A Major, Op.92

All Reserved Seats (A)\3,800 (B)\2,800 (C)\1,800

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