Boon Hua LIEN is a young conductor from Singapore and a prizewinner of numerous competitions, most recently at the 2018 Antal Dorati International Conducting Competition. He is currently featured as one of two conductors on the 2019 Peter Eötvös Foundation Mentoring Program and also leads OpusNovus, the contemporary music ensemble at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore.
Lien was the Assistant Conductor of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice from 2016 to 2018 and served as Assistant Conductor to the Richard-Strauss-Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 2018. He has assisted conductors such as Alexander Liebreich, Lawrence Foster, Giancarlo Guerrero, Manfred Honeck, Cristian Măcelaru, Leonard Slatkin and Yan Pascal Tortelier.
Highlights of his recent seasons include debuts with NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, Kraków Philharmonic, Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra and MAV Symphony Orchestra; appearances at the Gdańsk Music Festival and International Mozartiana Festival; and invitations to participate at international conducting competitions in Hong Kong, Mexico City, Budapest and Bucharest.
Lien has participated in masterclasses at prominent festivals with distinguished conductors, such as Bernard Haitink at the Lucerne Easter Festival, Paavo Järvi at the Pärnu Music Festival, Marin Alsop and Cristian Măcelaru at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and Stefan Asbury at the Tanglewood Music Festival. He was twice invited to conducting masterclasses with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra where he received guidance from Osmo Vänskä, Markus Stenz and Thierry Fischer, and was also named an inaugural Mahler Conducting Fellow for the Colorado MahlerFest XXIX.
Currently based in Singapore, Lien received his doctorate 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 Heinz Holliger, Hannu Lintu, Nicolás Pasquet, Johannes Schaefli, Mark Stringer and had the opportunity on those occasions to work with eminent orchestras around the world, including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.
(updated October 2019)
Résumé and repertoire list available upon request here