“Some believe conductors are born, not made. Linhan Cui is human embodiment of that idea.” – Andrew Mellor 

Conductor Linhan Cui has established herself as a sought-after artist who, in 2021, won second prize in the Malko International Conducting Competition and third prize in the Korean Symphony Orchestra Conducting Competition. With natural expressivity at the core of her work, her experience includes performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Canada Festival Orchestra, Toronto Artist Symphony Orchestra, Xinghai Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, and Indiana University Conductor’s Orchestra. During the 2019-2020 season, Cui was appointed Conducting Fellow by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra where she had the privilege of serving as Marin Alsop’s cover conductor. In the 2022-2023 season, she was named a Dudamel Fellow, serving as a cover conductor and conducting concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Cui currently holds the position of Artistic Director of the Toronto Artists Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Palermo Classica Festival in Italy.

She was born in Shenyang, China, and began her piano study at the age of four. She started conducting at age eighteen when she was the only accepted student at the Xinghai Conservatory, China, studying with Mr. Ming Liu. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies in orchestral conducting at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, under the guidance of Arthur Fagen. She also holds a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Marin Alsop.