Conductor at the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Leadership Coach
Jason Lai is the Principal Conductor at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, and former Associate Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Sinfonietta. He has been a prominent figure in Singapore’s musical life since his arrival in 2010.
Intent on broadening the appeal of classical music, Jason is also building a unique reputation as a communicator with mass appeal through his television appearances. He has frequently appeared on BBC television as a judge in competitions and talent shows. He was also a presenter and conductor for “Project Symphony”, an eight-part series where he was filmed setting up a community orchestra. He has recently been involved in filming for a BBC series “Heart of Asia”, and a further series for BBC World “Tales from Modern China”.
Despite having toured as a cellist with the Allegri String Quartet, Jason gravitated towards conducting after he won the BBC Young Conductors Workshop in 2002, which led to his appointment as Assistant Conductor to the BBC Philharmonic. Following his work with various British orchestras, he was appointed Artist Associate to the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and became their Associate Conductor in 2009.
Education is an important part of Jason’s work in Singapore. At the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory he trains the next generation of conductors, and spearheaded the education and outreach programme, helping the orchestra reach new audiences notably through his Discovering Music and Children’s concerts.