About Daye Lin
Music Director and Chief Conductor Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra
Professor of Conducting Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Winner of the 2012 Solti International Conductors Competition
The Story Behind our Conductor
Daye Lin is one of the finest of the new generation of conductors in China.
He was officially appointed as Music Director and Chief Conductor of Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra on June 1st 2016.
He commenced his duties there on September 1st that same year, and has already conducted many important projects and programmes on their home series, including Mahler Symphony No 2 “Resurrection” and Verdi’s great opera “Aida” in concert, as well as taking the orchestra on several international and national tours, including performances at the Beijing Music Festival in 2016 and 2017, and to Italy and most recently Germany.
After completing conducting studies in Berlin, Germany, Daye returned to China and has collaborated with the key orchestras and festivals of his home country, among them the China Philharmonic Orchestra, Beijing; Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Hangzhou Symphony Orchestra, and Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, and at the Beijing Music Festival and Shanghai Symphony Summer Festival ‘Music in the Summer Air’ (MISA).
Daye Lin was born in Shandong Province, China, in 1980. As a child he studied piano, and commenced conducting studies at the age of 15 with Professor Xu Xin at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. In 1998, he was accepted into the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and continued his studies with Zhang Guoyong. He participated in a master class of Maestro Seiji Ozawa, who praised him highly. In 2005 he was given a scholarship from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), and began studies at the Hochschule fur Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.
At the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, he was initially engaged as resident conductor, but later appointed as Principal Conductor, a position he held from 2010 to 2015. With that orchestra, he conducted a broad range of repertoire on their main season, and took the orchestra on interesting international tours, including Switzerland in January 2015 and Australia in September 2014.
Programming highlights of his past few seasons include performances of Mahler Symphony No 1 “Titan”, Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection”, and Symphony No 5, Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances, and, when invited to stand in for Edo De Waart in Shanghai, Wagner Prelude to Act 1, Lohengrin, Bartok Viola Concerto, and Brahms Symphony No. 4.
Equally at home in the pit for opera, he has conducted many great operas including Verdi La Traviata, Mozart Don Giovanni, and, at the Beijing Music Festival, the Pulitzer Prize winning opera, Madame White Snake by Zhou Long.
Internationally as guest conductor, he made his North American debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and conducted the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Sir George Solti Conducting Competition, where he was awarded first prize. He has conducted the St Petersburg Symphony at the Grand Hall of the Shostakovich St Petersburg Academic Philharmonic Hall. In Spain, his debut in 2016 was with the Orchestra of Castille y Leon in Valladolid, where he will return in 2018. In Germany he made his debut with the Nuremberg Symphony in 2017 and returns in 2019. His USA debut will be in March 2018 with the Seattle Symphony for a special programme of mainly Chinese repertoire in celebration of Chinese New Year.