Australian conductor Dane Lam is Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of China’s Xi’an Symphony Orchestra. Acclaimed by Limelight Magazine as “one of the most talented young conductors Australia has produced” and by the Manchester Evening News as “a master of rhythmic and articulatory complexities”, he has earned a reputation as an electrifying musician in a large and varied repertoire.
Prior to Xi’an, Dane enjoyed highly acclaimed tenures as Principal Conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Associate Conductor with Opera Holland Park and as Assistant Conductor to Kurt Masur at the Orchestre National de France and Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Sydney Symphony.
First appearing with the Sydney Symphony in the Sydney Opera House at age eighteen, Dane has since conducted orchestras on four continents including the Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, Manchester Camerata, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Sofia Festival Orchestra, Beethoven Orchester Bonn and the Juilliard Orchestra.
Recent and future engagements include La bohème and Don Giovanni for Opera Australia, Orfeo ed Euridice for Opera Queensland, La traviata and The Rake’s Progress for Scottish Opera‚ Giulio Cesare for Bury Court Opera, Cosí fan tutte and L’arlesiana for Opera Holland Park, Norma with Chelsea Opera Group and concerts with the Queensland, Adelaide, Canberra, West Australian and Suzhou Symphony Orchestras. The upcoming season with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra sees Dane collaborate with Nikolai Demidenko, Barry Douglas, Kirill Gerstein and Angela Hewitt, and masterworks including Mahler’s Sixth Symphony.
Other engagements have included Opera Holland Park’s productions of Aida, Il barbiere di Siviglia and Norma, RTE Concert Orchestra (Dublin), Manchester Camerata, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Ensemble 10/10, Oxford University Orchestra, British Youth Opera’s The Bartered Bride and Paul Bunyan and RNCM Opera’s La Clemenza di Tito and Carmen. He made his German début with the Munich Radio Orchestra and his Royal Festival Hall début with members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra as part of London Music Masters’ Bridge Program.
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 Development Programme. After completing his study at the University of Queensland under Gwyn Roberts, Dane was accepted (aged 22) as a postgraduate student under James DePreist at New York’s Juilliard School. He also studied under Maestro Gelmetti at Siena’s Accademia Musicale Chigiana.