Jason Lai is the Principal Conductor at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, and a former Associate Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He’s been a prominent figure in Singapore’s musical life since his arrival in 2010, but also active internationally and most recently gave masterclasses in Europe and China and guest conducted the New Japan Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Swan, and Podlasie Opera Philharmonic in Poland. Appearances the season include the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and Macao Orchestra.
He is also building a unique reputation as a communicator with mass appeal through his television appearances in both the UK and Asia. Jason has frequently appeared on BBC television as a judge in BBC’s Young Musician of the Year competition, the classical talent show “Classical Star”, and as a conducting mentor in the series “Maestro” with his celebrity student comedienne Sue Perkins. He was also presenter and conductor for “Project Symphony”, an eight part series for Okto where he was filmed setting up a community orchestra.
Jason’s roots lie in Hong Kong but he was born in the UK and was a pupil at the prestigious specialist music school in Manchester, Chetham’s, where he studied cello. At Oxford University he studied both cello and composition, and went on to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he was awarded a Fellowship in Conducting.