Jason Lai is the Principal Conductor of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra and former Associate Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and has since been a prominent figure in Singapore’s musical life.

Intent on broadening the appeal of classical music to audiences who would not normally think of going into a concert hall, Jason is also building a unique reputation as a communicator with mass appeal through his television appearances in both the UK and Asia. He has frequently appeared on BBC television as a judge in both the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition and the classical talent show “Classical Star”. He reached his widest audience when, as a conducting mentor in the series “Maestro”, his celebrity student, the popular comedienne Sue Perkins, won with a nail-biting final in front of the BBC Concert Orchestra and a live studio audience. Other BBC television appearances have include “How a Choir Works” and “The Culture Show”. Jason also starred in “Clash” for the children’s television channel, CBBC.

Since settling in Singapore he has continued with his television work. He was presenter and conductor for “Project Symphony”, an eight part series for Okto where he was filmed setting up a community orchestra. This year he has been heavily involved filming for a BBC series “Heart of Asia” which explores the contemporary arts and culture scene in Thailand, Indonesia, Korea and the Philippines, and a further series for BBC World called “Tales from Modern China”.

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.

Despite having toured as a cellist with the Allegri String Quartet and having been a finalist in the BBC Young Composers Award, Jason gravitated increasingly towards conducting after he won the BBC Young Conductors Workshop in 2002. This led to his appointment as Assistant Conductor to the BBC Philharmonic with whom he made his BBC Proms début in 2003. Following his work with various British orchestras, he was appointed Artist Associate to the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and became their Associate Conductor in 2009. Jason most recently had debuts with the Adelaide Symphony and Macau Orchestra and made return visits to conduct the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Orchestra of the Swan.

Education is an important part of Jason’s work in Singapore. At the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory he trains the next generation of conductors, many of whom have had many successes both at home and abroad, and with the SSO he spearheaded the education and outreach programme, helping the orchestra reach new audiences notably through his Discovering Music and Children’s concerts.

受注目的新一代指揮黎志華於2013年獲委任為香港小交響樂團副指揮及新加坡交響樂團副指揮。他亦是新加坡國立大學楊秀桃音樂學院樂團的首席指揮。

黎志華自從於2002年英國BBC青年指揮家工作坊勝出後,在2002年至2005年擔任BBC愛樂的助理指揮。在任期間與首席指揮諾斯達緊密合作,並在2003年首度於BBC逍遙音樂會演出。他亦經常指揮其他BBC樂團及合唱團的演出及錄音,在BBC電台第三台轉播。

黎志華是2005年利茲指揮比賽得奬者之一,並曾參與著名指揮家布萊茲、戴維斯、格杰夫及歷圖的大師班及與哈丁、斯潘諾、大植英次、和弗洛合作 。

他曾指揮英國及世界各地的樂團,包括倫敦交響樂團、蘇格蘭室樂團、伯恩茅斯交響樂團、哈雷樂團、諾科平交響樂團、阿爾斯特樂團、英國國家青年交響樂團、德國不萊梅愛樂室樂團、利物浦莫扎特樂團、班普頓古典歌劇團、薩洛蒙交響樂團、海頓室樂團、帕拉岡合奏團、新加坡交響樂團、馬來西亞愛樂樂團、香港小交響樂團、香港管弦樂團、台北交響樂團、台灣長榮交響樂團等,亦曾為多齣歌劇擔任指揮。

指揮以外,近年黎志華常參與BBC電台及電視台的古典音樂節目,當中包括擔任BBC青年音樂家大賽及BBC《古典音樂之星》的評判、《指揮大師》系列的指揮導師,及於《文化節目》和《解構合唱團》等節目中亮相。

黎志華長於英國,自幼學習大提琴,後獲獎學金入讀曼徹斯特徹斯咸音樂學校,師隨華費殊和索迪,並獲哈杜獎學金入讀牛津大學,主修音樂及作曲,並與亞歷基爾弦樂四重奏進行巡迴演出。他曾入圍BBC青年作曲家決賽,由倫敦小交響樂團演奏其作品。及後再獲獎學金於倫敦吉爾德霍爾音樂及戲劇學院深造指揮。

受注目的新一代指挥黎志华於2013年获委任为香港小交响乐团副指挥及新加坡交响乐团副指挥。他亦是新加坡国立大学杨秀桃音乐学院乐团的首席指挥。

黎志华自从於2002年英国BBC青年指挥家工作坊胜出後,在2002年至2005年担任BBC爱乐的助理指挥。在任期间与首席指挥诺斯达紧密合作,并在2003年首度於BBC逍遥音乐会演出。他亦经常指挥其他BBC乐团及合唱团的演出及录音,在BBC电台第叁台转播。

黎志华是2005年利兹指挥比赛得奬者之一,并曾参与著名指挥家布莱兹、戴维斯、格杰夫及历图的大师班及与哈丁、斯潘诺、大植英次、和弗洛合作 。

他曾指挥英国及世界各地的乐团,包括伦敦交响乐团、苏格兰室乐团、伯恩茅斯交响乐团、哈雷乐团、诺科平交响乐团、阿尔斯特乐团、英国国家青年交响乐团、德国不莱梅爱乐室乐团、利物浦莫扎特乐团、班普顿古典歌剧团、萨洛蒙交响乐团、海顿室乐团、帕拉冈合奏团、新加坡交响乐团、马来西亚爱乐乐团、香港小交响乐团、香港管弦乐团、台北交响乐团、台湾长荣交响乐团等,亦曾为多齣歌剧担任指挥。

指挥以外,近年黎志华常参与BBC电台及电视台的古典音乐节目,当中包括担任BBC青年音乐家大赛及BBC《古典音乐之星》的评判、《指挥大师》系列的指挥导师,及於《文化节目》和《解构合唱团》等节目中亮相。

黎志华长于英国,自幼学习大提琴,後获奖学金入读曼彻斯特彻斯咸音乐学校,师随华费殊和索迪,并获哈杜奖学金入读牛津大学,主修音乐及作曲,并与亚历基尔弦乐四重奏进行巡迴演出。他曾入围BBC青年作曲家决赛,由伦敦小交响乐团演奏其作品。及後再获奖学金於伦敦吉尔德霍尔音乐及戏剧学院深造指挥。