Prizewinner at the 12th Aram Khachaturian International Conducting Competition and finalist at the 10th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Conducting Competition, Boon Hua LIEN is quickly establishing himself internationally as a dynamic and meticulous young conductor from Singapore.
Currently in his second season as Assistant Conductor of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice (NOSPR) and Chief Conductor Alexander Liebreich, he has assisted guest conductors such as Manfred Honeck, Leonard Slatkin, Lawrence Foster, Cristian Măcelaru, Giancarlo Guerrero, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Stefan Asbury and Paul McCreesh. Lien was also recently appointed as Musikalische Assistenz to the Internationale Richard-Strauss-Orchesterakademie, an exciting new initiative from the Richard-Strauss-Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Highlights in the 2017/18 season includes Lien's sold-out subscription debut with NOSPR that was livestreamed on YouTube, appearance at the International Mozartiana Festival in Gdańsk, assisting on the orchestra's tours to prestigious concert halls such as Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and DR Koncerthuset in Copenhagen. He also took part in international conducting competitions including the 10th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors with Silesian Philharmonic, 12th Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition with Orquestra de Cadaqués, and being the sole Asian conductor admitted to the 1st Hong Kong International Conducting Competition with Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
Lien was invited to participate in masterclasses at distinguished festivals, and worked with Bernard Haitink at the Lucerne Festival, Marin Alsop at the 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 INTERAKTION Dirigentenwerkstatt des Kritischen Orchesters with musicians from leading German orchestras and was named an inaugural Mahler Conducting Fellow for the Colorado MahlerFest XXIX.
In addition, Lien is also the Music Director of the award-winning Orchestra Collective, one of Singapore’s finest wind ensembles, and served as the Eastman Conducting Fellow of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 2014-16. His artistic achievements have earned him the 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.
Lien has worked with professional orchestras around the world, including Brandenburger Symphoniker, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Kritische Orchester, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Silesian Philharmonic, Armenian State Symphony Orchestra and Symphoria.
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 shortlisted as a semi-finalist for the New York Youth Symphony Music Director search. He also led 3 successful concerts with the student orchestra from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in October 2017, and was re-invited back the following year.
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, Hannu Lintu, Manuel Nawri, Nicolás Pasquet, Timothy Reynish, Johannes Schaefli and Yuri Simonov.
(last updated April 2018)
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