Recognized for his musical sensitivity and energized sense of interpretation, Adrian Chiang is quickly making his mark among Singaporean conductors for his inspired performances and versatility. Adrian was appointed Music Director of the Asian Cultural Symphony Orchestra in 2016 and additionally serves as Music Director / Resident Conductor of numerous Orchestras and Wind Ensembles in Singapore, namely the Philharmonic Winds, Philharmonic Youth Winds, and in educational institutes such as Singapore Management University, Singapore Polytechnic, Anderson-Serangoon Junior College, Eunoia Junior College, Victoria Junior College, Catholic High School, CHIJ Toa Payoh, Maris Stella High School and Dazhong Primary School.
A passionate advocate for new music, he has performed / commissioned the works of many living composers during his career and continues to do so with every performance he programs. The Asian Cultural Symphony Orchestra is such a project that Adrian had spearheaded to focus on Orchestral works written by Asian composers. This Orchestra prides itself by working with composers to infuse a variety of Chinese, Malay, and Indian instruments into a standard western symphony orchestra, very much like the fabric structure of what Singapore essentially is.
A recipient of the distinguished National Arts Council and National University of Singapore scholarship, Adrian attained his Master of Music degree at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM, NUS) with a major in conducting. He had previously graduated with a Bachelor in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore. Increasingly recognized for his committed advocacy of music education and his devotion to the art of conducting, he currently serves as an adjunct faculty at the YSTCM (NUS) where he currently teaches music conducting to all music undergraduates.
Prior to full time conducting, Adrian was the Orchestra Manager of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He continues to exhibit his broad experience in administrating collective bargaining agreements and policies typical of orchestras as the General Manager of Singapore’s premier chamber orchestra, Resound Collective Ltd.
Adrian currently serves the role of being President for both the National Instructors and Coaches Association (NICA) and the Band Directors’ Association (Singapore), also known as BDA(S). NICA is an NTUC-affiliated association which was formed following an NTUC announcement to extend its reach to the freelancer community who are coaches and/or instructors in the fields of sports, outdoor adventures/learning, fitness, wellness, visual arts and performing arts. BDA(S) serves as a professional body for local band directors to engage in constant communication with all ministries involved in the development and improvement of band curriculum and instructions.
Adrian’s passion for conducting was borne through lessons and clinics with respected conducting figures such as Lan Shui, Yeh Tsung, Jason Lai, Jonas Alber, Luke Dollman, Sean Edwards, Allan McMurray, Douglas Bostock, Eugene Corporon, Robert Reynolds, Tom Lee, Richard Craig, Richard Floyd and Frank Ticheli. Other music teachers who have had a great influence in his developmental years included Mary Ang, Yeong Yoon Ching, Tan Chan Boon, and David Wong.