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Singaporean Conductor-Composer Darius Lim (Dr.) is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Voices of Singapore. An internationally published composer (Edition Peters, Walton Music, Cypress Publishing, Pana Musica, Muziksea) 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 and talks 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. In 2016, Darius started the National Choir Convention in Singapore that ran annually under the Choral Directors' Association with the aim of bringing high level professional development to conductors in Singapore. In the same year, Darius founded the Voices of Singapore Festival, a non-competitive and all inclusive festival that has grown host more than 10,000 participants and performers annually at the historic CHIJMES Hall. In 2020, Lim was invited to present on the TEDx stage on the power of choral singing: "Voices of Singapore - strengthening a nation through choral singing".
Widely known for his work with choirs of the Voices of Singapore Choral Society, ensembles under the direction of Darius Lim have performed as the main feature ensembles on a national level that include the President's Star Charity, ChildAid, and the grand opening of the Singapore State Courts. Under his direction as founding Artistic Director, the Voices of Singapore is the one of Singapore's leading choral societies that has its base at the historic Capitol Theatre in City Hall. The organization seeks to build a Singing Singapore through nationwide projects that include the Singapore Virtual Choir Project (Home), A World to Remember, and numerous other music collaborative projects with international musical bodies as well as national government agencies. VOS' Singapore Virtual Choir's rendition of HOME by Dick Lee sparked a nationwide singalong during the circuit breaker in 2020. The work was also exhibited at the Singapore National Museum from 2020 to 2021.
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.
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.
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 National Youth Choirs of Great Britain 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.
Lim's most popular work The Fire Dance of Luna which sold more than 35,000 copies has garnered critical acclaim and has won top prizes by choirs in international and national competitions around the world. Darius' treble voice work Puppet's Dream has also been presented the "Discovery of the Month" by legendary composer John Rutter.
Lim is an active adjudicator at international choral festivals. His work includes adjudications at the 2021 World Choir Festival, Hong Kong Inter-school Choir Festival, Indonesia Independence Day Virtual Choir Competition, and Hong Kong Children's Choir composition selections among many others.
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).
Lim's work for the Singaporean community extends beyond the musical realm as Deputy General-Secretary of the National Instructors and Coaches Association in Singapore. Together with NTUC, the 1500-member association works closely with government agencies to represent the interest and welfare of freelance sports, outdoor adventures/learning, fitness, wellness, visual arts and performing arts, and enrichment instructors in Singapore.
Dr. Darius Lim received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2022 under the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. A former conducting student of BBC Choral Director Neil Ferris and Dr Sarah Tenant-Flowers, he graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (UK) with a Masters in Choral Conducting (with Distinction). In 2019, Lim was nominated to represent Singapore on the Asia Pacific Choir Council.