Boon Hua LIEN, 32
Currently in his second season as Assistant Conductor of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice and a prizewinner at the 12th Aram Khachaturian International Conducting Competition, Boon Hua LIEN is quickly establishing himself internationally as a dynamic and meticulous young conductor from Singapore. Lien’s artistic achievements have earned him the prestigious Walter Hagen Conducting Prize, Bruno Walter Conducting Scholarship and was named winner of the Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music Call for Conductor as well as The American Prize in Orchestral Conducting.
In the 2017/2018 season, Lien will be making his subscription début with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has previously worked with professional orchestras including Brandenburger Symphoniker, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Kritische Orchester, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, State Youth Orchestra of Armenia and Symphoria.
Lien was invited to participate in masterclasses with world-renowned conductors at distinguished festivals, such as Bernard Haitink at Lucerne Festival, Marin Alsop at Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and Stefan Asbury at the Tanglewood Music Festival. He was the only international participant invited to the 4th Seoul Philharmonic Conducting Masterclass, where he received guidance from Markus Stenz and Thierry Fischer. Lien also conducted in the prestigious INTERAKTION Dirigentenwerkstatt des Kritischen Orchesters with musicians from leading German orchestras, and was named an inaugural Mahler Conducting Fellow for the Colorado MahlerFest XXIX.
Lien is a doctoral candidate in orchestral conducting at the Eastman School of Music, where his mentors include Neil Varon, Brad Lubman and Mark Scatterday. He holds conducting and performance degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.
Works conducted in the Competition:
Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Op84 (excerpt)
Weber: Der Freischütz Overture (excerpt)