Ian Lim Kean Seng
Doyen of many Malaysian choir directors and singers, Ian is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Dithyrambic Singers and presently conducts the UCSI University Chorale, UCSI University Chamber Choir, UCSI University Concert Choir, Phoenix Singers, One Voice Malaysia and Han Chiang Alumni Choir. Under his lead, many of these choirs have claimed numerous awards and titles in various international choir competitions. Notable achievements include: Overall Champion at Busan Choral Festival 2008, Special Jury Prize at Orientale Concentus 2008 and Asian Champion at the Asian Choir Games 2007 amongst many other Gold Medals and Category Champions.
He adjudicates choral and vocal competitions and is also in great demand as a choral and vocal clinician at home and abroad. He had conducted master classes and adjudicated in Singapore, Brunei and Macau. Ian was Chorus Master for the Lyric Opera of Malaysia in their production of “Tosca” and “The Merry Widow”, and Malaysian National Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Under his direction, Dithyrambic Singers have been featured at the 2009 World Youth Choral Festival, Singapore and performed at Carnegie Hall, USA under the direction of Eric Whitacre premiering his “The City and The Sea” compositions in 2010.
Since 2012, Ian had been engaged as the choir director for the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra collaborating with international renowned conductors: Marcello Rota (Tenor Andrea Bocelli Asia Tour 2013) , Arnie Roth (Final Fantasy I & II), Benjamin Zander (Mahler Symphony 2) , Fabio Mechetti (Opera – Carmen) and recently in Mozart Requiem with Andreas Delf past January 2016.
His students have represented Malaysia at the World Youth Choir, World Chamber Choir, Asia Pacific Youth Choir, Asian Youth Choir, Asian Youth Choir for One and the Indonesian Youth Choir. Presently, Ian is Adjunct Professor of Vocal and Choral Activities at UCSI University, Malaysia and had formerly served on the faculty of University of Malaya and Malaysian Institute of Arts.