Ken Lam

BSYO Artistic Director & Conductor

Ken is the winner of the 2011 Memphis International Conducting Competition, Resident Conductor of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, Artistic Director of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra and Director of Orchestra at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He was 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, Detroit, Memphis, Illinois and Meridian, as well as Ensemble ACJW in New York. He has also conducted the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra.

In opera, Ken directs productions of the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard each summer and was Assistant Conductor at Cincinnati Opera, Baltimore Lyric Opera and at the Castleton Festival. This summer he made debuts at the Spoleto Festival USA and Lincoln Center Festival leading critically acclaimed performances of the opera Feng Yi Ting by the Chinese composer Guo Wenjing. 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, Markand Thakar and Marin Alsop at Peabody Conservatory, David Zinman and Murry Sidlin at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and Leonard Slatkin at the National Conducting Institute. He read economics at St. John's College, Cambridge University and was a practicing solicitor for ten years before becoming a conductor.

He is also a keen golfer and tennis player and was a past president of the Cambridge University Chinese Society. Read more about Ken at his personal website.