Ken Lam - Biography

Ken is the Music Director of Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Resident Conductor of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, Associate Conductor for Education of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras and Associate Professor and Director of Orchestra at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Ken was winner of the 2011 Memphis Symphony Orchestra International Conducting Competition and a featured conductor in the League of American Orchestra’s 2009 Bruno Walter National Conductors Preview with the Nashville Symphony and made his US professional debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in June 2008 as one of four conductors selected by Leonard Slatkin. In recent seasons he led performances with the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Pops, Baltimore, Detroit, Memphis, Illinois and Meridian, as well as he Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra.

In opera, he directed numerous productions of the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard and was Assistant Conductor at Cincinnati Opera, Baltimore Lyric Opera and at the Castleton Festival. He led critically acclaimed performances of the opera Feng Yi Ting by the Chinese composer Guo Wenjing at the Spoleto Festival USA and Lincoln Center Festival this season and his recent run of Massenet’s Manon at Peabody Conservatory was hailed by the Baltimore Sun as a top ten classical event in the Washington D.C/Baltimore area in 2010. 

Ken has been Artistic Director of Hong Kong Voices since 2000 and held positions as Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra.

Ken studied conducting with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar at Peabody Conservatory. David Zinman and Murry Sidlin at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and Leonard Slatkin at the National Conducting Institute studying with Leonard Slatkin. He read economics at St. John's College, Cambridge University and was a practicing solicitor for ten years before becoming a conductor.

Hong Kong Voices, after the first Hong Kong performance of the London version of Brahms' Requiem.