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Singaporean Composer-Conductor Darius Lim is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Voices of Singapore Choir Festival and the Music Director of the Voices of Singapore Choral Society. In the past decade, he has risen to prominence in the national and international music scene with more than 40 national and international awards that include Gold medals, 1st and 2nd Prizes, Category Champions, and other special prizes in both local and international choral and composition competitions. An internationally published composer (Edition Peters, Walton Music, Cypress Publishing, Pana Musica) and award-winning conductor, he is one of the most sought-after Singaporean choral composer-conductors working today, and is most known for his unique infusion of lyrical, dramatic, instrumental, and theatrical elements in both the choirs he directs as well as his choral music.
With a strong belief in instilling lifelong appreciation for choral music and promoting Singaporean music, Darius has carved a reputation as an advocate of choral music whose choirs and works inspire, engage, educate and entertain audiences around the world. He has given lectures on choral conducting at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and the School of the Arts, Singapore. He has also given conducting and choir workshops in Asia, America and Europe.
The choral music of Darius Lim has inspired thousands of singers across the world. His music has been presented on some of the world’s biggest international platforms such as the World Choir Games, World Youth Choir Festival (Austria), the Schubert International Sing’n’Joy Vienna, CEDROS Choral Festival (Spain), Hong Kong Music Festival, World Peace Choral Festival (Austria), Tokyo International Choir Competition, Grand Prix of Nations (Riga), ATKV National Choir Competition (South Africa), Taiwan National Music Competition, World Choral Expo (Macau), and the Choir & Organ Magazine (UK). His choral works have been performed by world-renowned choirs such as VOCES8, The Choir of Royal Holloway, Hong Kong Children’s Choir, Leioa Kantika Koral, Diocesan Girls’ Choir, and the University of North Texas Women’s Choir just to name a few. His works have been performed in China, United States, Hong Kong, Australia, Japan, Spain, South Korea, Finland, Malaysia, Taiwan, Russia, Mexico, United Kingdom, South Africa, and The Philippines. His most popular work The Fire Dance of Luna which sold more than 30,000 copies has garnered critical acclaim and has won top prizes by choirs in international and national competitions around the world. Darius's work Puppet's Dream has also been presented the "Discovery of the Month" by legendary composer John Rutter. He is now published internationally by the world’s top choral publishing companies Edition Peters Publications (London), Cypress Publications (Canada), and Walton Music Publications (America).
Lim’s extensive work in the choral art includes chorus-mastering for Leonard Bernstein's Mass, Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel, John Sharpley’s Fences- An Opera in Two Acts, Aseanapol in Harmony, and Unity in Diversity. He has directed choruses for musicals like Phua Chu Kang The Musical and contemporary greats like Josh Groban for his inaugural Singapore Concert in 2019. He has held former posts as President of the Choral Directors' Association of Singapore, Associate Choirmaster of the Singapore Symphony Children’s Choir and Music Director of the National University of Singapore Society Choir.
Choirs under Lim’s direction have shared the stage with some of the world’s most celebrated groups that include the Vienna Boys’ Choir, Philomela (Finland), the Hong Kong Children’s Choir, Berlin State Opera Children's Choir, Vox Nativa Children's Choir, and the University of London Chamber Choir. Youth and children’s choirs under Lim's baton have been presented in numerous national events such as the Singapore Youth Festival Opening & Closing concerts, Singapore Youth Festival Presentations, Singapore Youth Festival Celebrations, Aseanapol in Harmony Celebrations and Singapore Youth Festival International Night.
An established concert pianist, Lim studied with Benjamin Loh and Yu Chun Yee . He has performed the Liszt Piano Concerto No.1 with the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra and has given numerous piano recitals in Asia. His awards include the Gold Prizes in the 2nd and 3rd International Piano Festival and Competition in South Korea, 1st Prize in the Cristofori Piano Competition, and the Silver Medalist of the 6th Asian Youth Music Competition (Open Category).
A former conducting student of BBC Choral Director Neil Ferris and Dr Sarah Tenant-Flowers, Darius Lim graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (UK) with a Masters in Choral Conducting (with Distinction). Most recently, Lim has been nominated to represent Singapore on the Asia Pacific Choir Council. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music pursuing Doctor of Musical Arts.