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Chan Tze Law

Vice Dean (Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music)

Singaporean conductor Chan Tze Law is an Associate Professor and founding faculty member of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, NUS. He has led innumerable orchestras with a rich experience conducting at multiple music festivals globally. In 2020, He made history when he conducted OMM and an international star cast at the Esplanade theatres on the Bay to the critically acclaimed Die Walküre, Singapore’s first ever production of a Wagner ring cycle opera.

International music reviewers have lauded Chan’s performances and CD recordings. Fanfare Magazine’s Robert Markow states  “Chan paces the climaxes so adroitly that, when they arrive, the listener is nearly swept out of the room on tidal waves of sound”. Gramophone reviewer Marc Rochester describes his performance of Mahler’s second symphony “we can’t ignore the amazing work of Chan Tze Law”. Hobart Mercury hailed his Tasmanian premiere of Mahler’s 6th Symphony as ‘triumphant’ and The West Australian lavished praise on his performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring “Certainly, Tze Law (Chan) did wonders from the podium. It was a tour de force.”American Record Guide remarked that he “led the 120-piece orchestra and chorus of 200 with full understanding of the Mahler idiom”. The Saigon Times noted that the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra “excelled themselves”under his direction in Elgar’s Enigma Variations, and the Singapore’s The Straits Times’ critic Chang Tou Liang highlighted his prolific performances of contemporary and Singaporean music “the cause of new music here today could hardly be in better hands”.

A former scholar of the UK’s Royal College of Music where his teachers included conducting luminaries Christopher Adey and Norman Del Mar, Chan made his Singapore conducting debut with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in 2001 at the invitation of music director Lan Shui.

Chan is also Music Director of Singapore’s award winning phenomenon Orchestra of the Music Makers, establishing its international, artistic and philanthropic profile, including the ChildAid concerts which in 2014 helped raise more than $2.38M for the Straits Times School pocket money fund and the Business Times Budding Artist fund.