Jason Lim

Jason Lim

Conductor

2014 2nd Prize Winner: American Prize Conducting Competition, 2011 Special Young Conductor Citation Award: American Prize
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Jason Lim: http://www.jasonlim-conductor.com   Video Performances: http://www.youtube.com/jasontglim   2nd Prize Winner of the American Prize Conducting Competition and 3rd Prize winner of the 2013 American Prize Conducting Competition, Jason Lim born in Penang, Malaysia received his formal training in viola performance at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with Alice Waten, commencing his studies at the Canberra School of Music in Canberra, Australia and completed his bachelor’s degree with honors at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney. Jason later received his Masters degree in orchestral conducting at the University of North Texas.    While in Canberra, he began his conducting studies as an Apprentice Conductor with the Canberra Youth Orchestra and later served as Assistant Conductor with the Ku Ring Gai Philharmonic Orchestra in Sydney, a position awarded to Jason for winning the 1995 New South Wales Ministry of Arts Conducting Prize in. Jason added to his achievement winning the “Young Conductor Citation Award” from the American Prize Conducting Competition in 2011. Chief Judge describes Jason, recognizing his “Burgeoning leadership skills in evidence in rehearsals and performance on a broad array of repertoire”. Jason is currently Artistic Director and Conductor of the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra, in Denton, TX, (which he lead, winning 3rd Prize in the 2013 American Prize Professional Orchestra Competition), have served as conductor for more then ten years with the Abilene Summer Music Festival, and was Music  Director of the NOVA Ensemble of North Texas. During his tenure as Music Director of the NOVA Ensemble, Jason led the NOVA Ensemble to its first commercial recording in 2000. Under the auspices of the “Equilibrum” label, Jason conducted the world premier performance of Brian Bavelander’s Distant Visions for orchestra and pre recorded tape.  Continuing his innovation, pioneer-ship and artistic vision, Jason was instrumental in bridging the gap with other arts organizations in Denton, TX bringing performances of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Saint Saens’ Carnival of the Animals with Ballet. In 2013 Denton Record Chronicle recognized Jason Lim’s as one of 2012 most fascinating people. In 2010, Jason was among eight conductors selected to participate at the Ithaca International Conducting Workshop under the tutelage of Gustav Meier. Jason has also attended the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors in Maine in 1995. Jason Mentors includes distinguished conductors; John Farrer, Nicholas Braithwaite, Henryk Pisarek and Max McBride. A champion of new music, Jason has been invited to conduct in conventions such as the SEAMUS Y2K (the acousma tex conference) and the North American Saxophone Alliance. In 2000 was guest conductor with the Composer’s Forum Orchestra which he conducted world premiers of aspiring young composers. In 2012 Jason commissioned the world premiere of BREATH by Brad Robin. The work was performed by the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra. As an international guest conductor Jason has conducted the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, The Academic State Concert Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Hardin Simmons Opera, The Penang State Orchestra, Abilene Collegiate Orchestra, Zabrze Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland and Malysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.                  Jason is passionate about educating the youth has dedicated his talents working with young musicians, conducting orchestra workshops in Asia and the United States. He served as conductor and educator for 10 years with the Abilene Summer Music Festival under the auspices with Hardin Simmons University, the Pan American Music Festival in Edinburgh Texas as well as the Penang State Orchestra Workshop in Penang, Malaysia.  As Artistic Director of the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra, Jason pioneered the mentor-ship program, giving high school orchestra students the opportunity to perform side-by-side with professional musicians.                  Jason remains an active performing violist and educator, performed with several orchestras, which include Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony of Malaysia, Australian National Opera Orchestra and Texas Baroque Ensemble. Jason was also a member of the University of North Texas Graduate String Quartet.                    
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