Ken Lam Appointed as Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra’s First Resident Conductor

(Picture courtesy: The Tianjin Juilliard Faculty)


The Tianjin Juilliard Faculty (TJS) was the primary three way partnership to supply a U.S-accredited music diploma in China. After its inception in January 2017, has supplied graduate research in orchestral research, chamber music, and collaborative piano.

In April, TJS introduced the stepping down of Alexander Brose, and the appointment of Wei He as CEO and creative director of the varsity and Katherine Chu because the dean.

Its latest appointment is Ken Lam because the director of orchestral research and resident conductor of the Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra.

Lam additionally serves as creative adviser to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, resident conductor of the Brevard Music Middle in North Carolina, and serves as creative director of Hong Kong Voices.

Beforehand, he was music director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra from 2015 to 2022 and music director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra from 2017 to 2022.

He has additionally held roles with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra. Earlier than changing into a conductor he was an lawyer specializing in worldwide finance for ten years.

“I’m very honored to affix The Tianjin Juilliard Faculty this fall,” Lam stated. “It’s extremely thrilling to have this chance to assist form the event of our orchestral research program. Asia has skilled super development in its enthusiasm for orchestral music – I do know from my very own adolescence how essential it’s for college kids to have entry to the very best caliber of arts schooling. The expertise pool is deep and robust, and I look ahead to bringing my experiences to Tianjin and dealing with our great college students and college.”

TJS’s orchestral research main revolves round participation within the Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra which have been led by famend conductors comparable to Yu Lengthy, Shao En, Rachel Zhang, Chen Lin, Lin Daye, and Jing Huan. The ensemble presents as much as 10 live shows every season and sees resident college and visiting artists lead discussions, coach sectionals, and play side-by-side with college students in rehearsals and performances.

“After an extended and vigorous search, we’re very excited that Ken Lam is lastly becoming a member of the Tianjin Juilliard group because the director of orchestral research,” Katherine Chu stated.

“Beneath his musical stewardship, Tianjin Juilliard will construct an orchestral tradition that represents the very best normal of musical excellence and embodies Tianjin Juilliard ethos of collaborative music-making and pedagogy. At Tianjin Juilliard, we nurture cross-cultural engagement and interdisciplinary dialogues. Ken Lam’s work throughout assorted disciplines and cultures: in economics, regulation and music, locations him in a novel place to share the variety and richness of his skilled experiences with our scholar physique and college alike. Please be part of me in welcoming Maestro Lam to Tianjin Juilliard.”