2016 RPS Instrument Purchase Grant recipient
Kwan-lam Lau was born in Hong Kong, China. She is a first year undergraduate student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Arisa Fujita. She is awarded Half Tuition Fee Scholarship (2015–16) and Maintenance Scholarship (2016–17). She is also a recipient of Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme (2015–19) presented by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and is honoured with the title of Hong Kong Scholar.
Kwan-lam has been learning the violin since she was four, and studied with Mr Wing-shun Li, and then Ms Hong-ying Ho. She attended the violin masterclasses in the Mozarteum International Summer Academy 2013, 2014 and 2016 and studied under well-known violin teachers Yair Kless, Pierre Amoyal, Mayumi Seiler and Maurizio Sciarretta. She also performed Mozart Concerto No. 4 in the Mozarteum International Summer Academy 2014.
Kwan-lam joined the Asian Youth Orchestra Masterclasses 2014 and 2015 of teachers Chu Yan, Vesa-Matti Leppänen, Thanos Adamopoulos and Stefano Pagliani. Kwan-lam is a prize-winner of the 3rd Japan-Hong Kong International Music Competition - Professional Category. She has won dozens of top prizes in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival in solo, duet and chamber music categories, including the Tom Lee Music Prize for String Ensemble. Kwan-lam served as the concertmaster of Belilios Public School Symphony and String orchestras from 2013 to 2015, and helped the orchestras to win several top prizes in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival and Hong Kong Youth Music Interflow Contest.
Kwan-lam has also participated in the performance of the Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Festival Orchestra. She received the Best Performance Award in the International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong) - Arts Criticism Mentorship Programme 2013, and was invited for interviews a couple of times at Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK).
Graham Sheffield, Director of Arts, British Council: Nobody could ever have invented the RPS. I love it for the support it gives to musicians, and for its commitment to an inspiring future for music.
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