St Bride's: Music - Albert Lau – piano

St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Albert Lau – piano

Friday, 5 July at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Albert Lau – piano

Clara Schumann

Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann op. 20

Robert Schumann

Piano Sonata no. 1 in F sharp minor op. 11

  i. Introduzione. Un poco adagio - Allegro vivace

 ii. Aria

iii. Scherzo e Intermezzo

iv. Finale. Allegro un poco maestoso

Young Steinway Artist Albert Lau (MMus, LRAM, LRSM) was born in Hong Kong and performs internationally both as solo pianist and as chamber musician. His repertoire spans from Bach to Birtwistle, and from rarities in the piano literature to his own transcriptions. He was named a Young Steinway Artist by Steinway & Sons in 2018. Albert Lau started learning the piano at the age of seven, and had his formative training with Josephine Cheung. He studied with Emile Naoumoff at Indiana University (USA) before completing his Master's degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London, under Joanna MacGregor, Head of Piano. Upon graduation he was awarded Distinction in recognition of his achievements at the Royal Academy.

In 2018/2019, Albert Lau is performing in a variety of international venues. In July 2019 he will make his solo début at St Martin-in-the-Fields as part of their 'Pianists of the World' series. Together with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, he performed the Chinese première of 'Three Movements' by Steve Reich in Hong Kong. In November 2018, he performed a solo recital at the Kammermusiksaal in Beethoven-Haus Bonn to great acclaim. Other concert highlights in 2018/19 included Palazzo Spinola (Genoa), Foundling Museum (London), Senftöpfchen Theater (Cologne), Gürzenich (Cologne), Basilika St Aposteln (Cologne), Le Moulin des Arts (Entrecasteaux), St Lawrence Jewry (London), Charlton House (London), Shoreditch Treehouse (London), Chinese University (Hong Kong) and City Hall Recital Hall (Hong Kong).

A versatile pianist, Albert Lau performed at the Royal Opera House Linbury Studio Theatre alongside principal dancers from the Royal Ballet. The production, entitled 'Draft Works', was a creative platform which showcased experimental exchange between the musician, the dancers, and the choreographer. In the same year, Albert Lau made his Southbank début at the Purcell Room, performing John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano. While at the Royal Academy of Music, Albert Lau was awarded a number of prestigious prizes, including the Lloyd Hartley Prize for Best Postgraduate Recitals, the Nancy Dickinson Award, the Franz Reizenstein Award, and the Else Cross Modern Piano Prize. At the 2009 Seattle International Piano Festival Albert Lau was awarded the award for the best performance of a work by Gabriel Fauré.

Albert Lau's recording with the Academy Chamber Ensemble was released under Linn Records, in which he performed arrangements of Mahler and Debussy's symphonic works under the baton of renowned conductor Trevor Pinnock. He has played in masterclasses given by Stephen Hough, Christopher Elton, Maxim Vengerov, Joshua Bell, Roy Howat, Peter Mack, among others, and has studied chamber music under prominent pedagogues such as Maurice Hasson, Mimi Zweig, Felix Schmidt, Paul Silverthorne, Martin Outram and Kevork Mardirossian.

Albert Lau seeks to pour creativity into crafting innovative programmes in his concerts. He is fascinated by rarities in the piano repertoire, from salon pieces to arrangements of symphonic works. He has written piano transcriptions in which he 're-imagines' popular German melodies, such as 'Für mich soll's rote Rosen regnen'.

Born in Hong Kong, pianist Albert Lau performs internationally both as soloist and chamber musician. In 2018 he was named a Young Steinway Artist by Steinway & Sons. He studied with Emile Naoumoff at Indiana University (USA) before completing his Master's degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London, under Joanna MacGregor, Head of Piano. Albert Lau performed in the Chinese premiere of Steve Reich's 'Three Movements' with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2018/19 he will embark on an exciting project featuring two of the Romantic era's foremost female composers - Fanny Hensel and Clara Schumann - with performances at the prestigious St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, amongst other venues. Albert Lau currently lives in Cologne, Germany.