Lim Yau is the Choral Director of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Founder-Artistic Director of The Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Orchestra, Singapore. Since 2012, he assumed the role as Dean of The School of Music/Director of Orchestra and Chorus at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
Throughout his career, Lim Yau has been active in conducting and promoting choral and vocal music, stemming from his early choral experience with London's Philharmonia Chorus and the world renowned Bayreuth Festival Chorus.
Lim Yau has led the Singapore Symphony Chorus virtually in every performance since its inception in 1980. Notable choral concerts conducted in the past few seasons have included J.S. Bach's St John's Passion, Hector Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust, Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, Anton Bruckner’s Mass No.3, James MacMillan's Seven Last Words From the Cross, Carl Off's Carmina Burana, Arvo Pärt’s Te Deum, Igor Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, and William Walton's Belshazzar's Feast.
In the role of chorusmaster, Lim Yau has collaborated with Eric Ericson, Stephen Cleobury, and Masaaki Suzuki, among others, and has guest-conducted ensembles such as the Philippine Madrigal Singers, the Shanghai Opera House Chorus, Sweden's Lund University Male Chorus, and the Latvian State Choir. At the 19th Béla Bartók International Choir Competition in Debrecen, Hungary 2000, Lim Yau was awarded the Conductor's Special Prize of the City of Debrecen when The Philharmonic Chamber Choir joined and was awarded 1st Prize in the Mixed Choir Category.
Besides serving as the Resident Conductor with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (2001-2011), Lim Yau has also made many guest appearances with orchestras in Europe and Asia. As an opera and ballet conductor, he has conducted no fewer than 20 productions for the Singapore Lyric Opera and Singapore Dance Theatre with soloists such as Giacomo Aragall, Sumi Jo, Jan-Henderik Rootering, Simon Preston, Marc-Andre Hamelin, and William Bennett.
Lim Yau is a recipient of Singapore’s Cultural Medallion (1990) and the COMPASS Lifetime Achievement Award (2011).