"... he brims with such energy and inspires exemplary playing from the orchestra at his command..."
– Gianandrea Noseda (Principal Conductor, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra)
Winner of the 50th Besançon International Young Conductor’s Competition in 2007, Darrell was awarded the Grand Prix by the distinguished jury which included Michel Plasson and Yan-Pascal Tortelier, the ‘Prix du Public’ as audience favourite, as well as the top vote of the musicians of the competition orchestra, the Orchestre national d'île-de-France. He was also the winner of the ‘9th Antonio Pedrotti International Competition for Conductors in Trento, Italy, in 2006.
Born in Singapore, he studied with the composer Leong Yoon-Pin and played the violin, piano and bassoon. In 2006 he graduated summa cum laude from the Orchestral & Operatic Conducting classes at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and in 2008 successfully completed his tenure as Conducting Fellow at Yale University, where he was awarded a Masters in Music. He has also participated in masterclasses with Jorma Panula, Sir Colin Davis, Lorin Maazel and Neeme Järvi. He has appeared with orchestras around the world, including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra (Katowice), the Orquestra de Cadaqués, the ‘Orchestra Haydn di Trento e Bolzano’, the Residentie Orkest in The Hague, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the National Arts Centre of Canada and the Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM (Mexico).
In 2001, he co-founded the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic and was a frequent guest-conductor at the St. Petersburg Opera, as well as the Rimsky-Korsakov State Opera & Ballet Theatre, working closely with soloists from the Mariinsky Theatre Academy of Young Singers. In the 2008-2009 season, he will take the Yale Symphony Orchestra to Carnegie Hall and is scheduled to make his débuts with the some of the most important European orchestras, including the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre de Besançon Franche-Comté, the Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Acquitaine, the Orchestre Régional de Cannes Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur, the Orchestre Lamoureux at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, as well as the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and return visits to the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.