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Dane Lam - Musical Director

Dane Lam

Australian conductor, Dane Lam, is quickly gaining a reputation as an electrifying musician in a large and varied repertoire. Acclaimed as 'one of the most talented young conductors Australia has produced', he holds the position of Leverhulme Junior Fellow at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and Principal Conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

First appearing with the Sydney Symphony in the Sydney Opera House at age eighteen, Dane has since conducted orchestras in three continents including the Melbourne and Queensland Symphonies, the Manchester Camerata, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Beethoven Orchester Bonn and the Juilliard Orchestra.

In recent seasons Dane has conducted the Manchester Camerata and RNCM Opera's La Clemenza di Tito in the UK. Dane also toured Asia as assistant conductor to Kurt Masur and the Orchestre National de France and made his New Zealand debut with Dunedin's Southern Sinfonia. He returned to his native Australia to tour with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and led the world premiĀre season of Jonathon Henderson's opera Dirty Apple with Opera Queensland. Additionally, Dane was among a select group of conductors chosen by Kurt Masur to study with him in master classes in New York, Verbier and Bonn.

Born into a musical family, Dane began to play the piano as a child, followed by studies in clarinet. He was first introduced to conducting through the Symphony Australia Conductor Program who noted his talent and nurtured his development. After completing his study at the University of Queensland under Gwyn Roberts., Dane was accepted, aged only twenty-two, as a postgraduate student under James DePreist, at New York's Juilliard School.

Distinguished conductors such as Kurt Masur, Christopher Seaman, Gianluigi Gelmetti, and now Sir Mark Elder, have mentored Dane over the years. As assistant to Gelmetti, Dane has the opportunity to conduct the Sydney Symphony both in concert and on the orchestra's regional tour. He has participated in master classes with Michael Tilson-Thomas, the late Sir Charles Mackerras, David Robertson, Gianandrea Noseda and Jorma Panula amongst others. Dane has received numerous awards and scholarships both in Australia and abroad. These include the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship, Boris Christoff Prize, Brain Stacey Memorial Prize, the Pellegrino Scholarship and the Brian Boak Bursary.

Dane was appointed musical director with the Sheffield Symphony Orchestra in 2011 and this is his first season with the SSO.