Lien Boon Hua, Music Director
Recently appointed as the Assistant Conductor of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice and a prizewinner at the 12th Aram Khachaturian International Conducting Competition, Singaporean-born LIEN Boon Hua is quickly establishing himself as a dynamic and meticulous young conductor on the international platform. He is also the Music Director of the award-winning Orchestra Collective, one of Singapore’s finest wind ensembles, and concluded a successful tenure as the Eastman Conducting Fellow of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Eastman Philharmonia. 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 upcoming 2016-2017 season, Lien is making his debut with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and The Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore, and returns to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and State Youth Orchestra of Armenia. He has previously worked with professional orchestras including the 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 Orchestra, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Symphoria.
Lien was invited to participate in masterclasses with world-renowned conductors at distinguished festivals, such as Bernard Haitink at the Lucerne Festival, Marin Alsop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and Stefan Asbury at the Tanglewood Music Festival. 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.
An ardent advocate for music education, Lien is committed to inspiring and sharing his experiences with younger musicians. He has conducted youth groups such as the Singapore National Youth Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Orchestra of the Music Makers and Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music Youth Orchestra. Lien was also recently shortlisted as a semi-finalist for the New York Youth Symphony Music Director search.
Lien has a strong affinity for new music and has received praise from distinguished composers such as George Benjamin, Jennifer Higdon, Jo Kondo and Kevin Puts. He believes strongly in promoting original and unique voices to engage the modern audience, and has given many premieres of new compositions to critical acclaim. Lien has collaborated frequently with OSSIA New Music Ensemble, and was also Conducting Fellow at the inaugural Modern Academy in Hong Kong.
Currently splitting his time between Katowice (Poland) and New York City (USA), Lien is also 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, with additional studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
Outside of his formal training, Lien has also actively participated in masterclasses with Carl St. Clair, David Effron, Gerard Schwarz, Leon Fleisher, Mark Gibson, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Leonid Korchmar, Manuel Nawri, Nicolás Pasquet, Timothy Reynish, Johannes Schaefli and Yuri Simonov.