Ken Lam dives into first season at Charleston Symphony

Posted on: November 30, 2015

In Saturday’s (11/28) Post and Courier (Charleston, S.C.), Adam Parker profiles Ken Lam, in “his first season as music director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra…. He arrives at a conspicuous moment. The symphony has spent the past five years recovering from a near-fatal financial crisis. Today, it is on firm footing. And it now has a proper concert hall in which to perform…. Lam hopes to expand the Magnetic South series, a collaboration between the CSO and the College of Charleston…. The Charleston Symphony Orchestra has collaborated with bluegrass musicians and circus performers; it has put together a program of movie music; and it has organized its first New Year’s Eve gala concert and ball.… ‘If you don’t do those sort of things, you don’t know where these people are,’ Lam said.” CSO Executive Director Michael Smith said, “I think Ken, because of his musical experience and because of his personality, will become an asset to the community immediately.” CSO Concertmaster Yuriy Bekker said, “He conducted at a very high level, very clear. He hears everything.” Lam, a native of Hong Kong, also holds degrees in economics and law, and practiced law in the U.K. and Hong Kong from 1994 to 2005.

Posted November 30, 2015

Ken Lam photo by Brad Nettles