Singaporean conductor Darrell Ang landed a job in Sichuan province in China. He was appointed Artistic Director of the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra on Monday, according to The Straits Times.
Now 37, Darrell Ang was a laureate of the prestigious International Besançon Competition for Young Conductors of 2007. Previously he served as music director of Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne in France from 2012-2015, associate conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Darrell’s appointment is part of an exchange package between the two SSOs: Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Sichuan Symphony Orchestra, according to Sichuan local media. A comprehensive partnership was announced at a press conference held on Monday in Chengdu, provincial capital of Sichuan where Sichuan SO is based.
The partnership covers details like exchanging programmes of orchestra musicians, tours, concerts, roster, arts administration, competition brand and creative research, according to a Sichuan government bulletin.
The appointment came at a time when Sichuan province is pushing to burnish Chengdu’s musical reputation. Recently an old hotel complex affiliated to Sichuan Music Conservatory was demolished to make way for a brand new concert hall that seats 1,000 to be completed in 2018.
Sichuan Symphony Orchestra is a provincial orchestra based in Chengdu. Founded in 2002, it is one of the four closely competitive orchestras in Chengdu, among them the radio orchestra Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra, the city orchestra Chendu Orchestra. Sichuan Music Conservatory Orchestra sometimes is considered the best among the four.
This makes Darrell the fourth foreigner currently holding a director’s post of any orchestras in mainland China, after Jiangsu, Shanxi and Guiyang.