Choo Hoey - Conductor from 1979 to 1996
Hans Graf - Conductor from 2020
The Singapore Symphony Orchestra is Singapore's flagship orchestra. It has earned an international reputation for its orchestral virtuosity, having garnered sterling reviews for its overseas tours and many successful recordings. It makes its performing home at the 1,800-seat Esplanade Concert Hall. More intimate works and all outreach and community performances take place at the 673-seat Victoria Concert Hall, the home of the SSO. The orchestra performs 100 concerts a year, and its versatile repertoire spans all-time favourites and orchestral masterpieces to exciting cutting-edge premieres.
Since Lan Shui assumed the position of Music Director in 1997, the SSO has performed in Europe, Asia and the United States. In 2016 the SSO was invited to perform at the Dresden Music Festival and the Prague Spring International Music Festival. This successful five-city tour of Germany and Prague also included the SSO's return to the Berlin Philharmonie after six years. In 2014 the SSO performed at the 120th BBC Proms in London. The SSO has also performed in China on multiple occasions. The orchestra was formed in 1979 under the patronage of Dr. Goh Keng Swee, with Choo Hoey as its Resident Conductor from 1979 to 1996.
Notable SSO releases under the BIS label include a Rachmaninov series, a Debussy disc, Seascapes featuring sea-themed music by Debussy, Frank Bridge, Glazunov and Zhou Long, and the first-ever cycle of Tcherepnin's piano concertos and symphonies. The SSO has collaborated with such great artists as Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Neeme Jarvi, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos and Gil Shaham. Wikipedia