Biography

 

Young Steinway Artist Albert Lau (MMus, LRAM, LRSM) was born in Hong Kong and performs internationally both as a solo pianist and as a 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 7, and had his formative training with Josephine Cheung. He studied with Emile Naoumoff at Indiana University in the USA, where he completed his Bachelor of Music with High Distinction. He then furthered his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, under the tutelage of Joanna MacGregor, Head of Piano. Upon graduation he was awarded Distinction for his Master of Music degree, in recognition of his achievements at the
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Young Steinway Artist Albert Lau (MMus, LRAM, LRSM) was born in Hong Kong and performs internationally both as a solo pianist and as a 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 7, and had his formative training with Josephine Cheung. He studied with Emile Naoumoff at Indiana University in the USA, where he completed his Bachelor of Music with High Distinction. He then furthered his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, under the tutelage of Joanna MacGregor, Head of Piano. Upon graduation he was awarded Distinction for his Master of Music degree, in recognition of his achievements at the Royal Academy.

Albert Lau’s performances in 2018/2019 span across international venues. In July 2019 he will make his solo début at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London as part of their ‘Pianists of the World’ series. Together with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, he will perform the Chinese première of Three Movements by Steve Reich in Hong Kong. In November 2018, Albert Lau performed a solo recital at the Kammermusiksaal in Beethoven-Haus Bonn to great acclaim. On the occasion of the 165th anniversary of Steinway & Sons, Albert Lau was invited to play, in addition to a modern piano, on a replica of the very first grand piano manufactured in 1853 by Heinrich Steinweg, founder of today’s Steinway & Sons. In addition, he was invited in August 2018 to play at Château de Crémat, Nice, for the golden jubilee of the Association France-Allemagne Côte d’Azur in France. Other concert highlights in 2018 included Palazzo Spinola (Genoa), 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). In 2019 he will perform at the Foundling Museum (London),  Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum (Cologne), Hotel Atlantic (Hamburg), among other venues.

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. An avid performer of contemporary music, Albert Lau performed Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum in 2012 with the Academy Manson Ensemble, under Elgar Howarth, a celebrated interpreter of Birtwistle’s music. In June 2012 he performed with the Academy Symphony Orchestra in the European premiere of Charles Ives’ Universe Symphony at the Aldeburgh Festival. Albert Lau’s past extensive performance experiences have brought him to international venues such as Royal Opera House (London), Southbank Centre (London), Steinway Hall (London), Salle Cortot (Paris), Circolo Ufficiali (Genoa), Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Asamsaal (Ettlingen), and City Hall Concert Hall (Hong Kong). He has played in master classes given by Stephen Hough, Christopher Elton, Maxim Vengerov, Joshua Bell, Roy Howat, Peter Mack, Pascal Nemirovski, among others. Albert Lau studied chamber music under prominent pedagogues such as Maurice Hasson, Mimi Zweig, Felix Schmidt, Paul Silverthorne, Martin Outram, Kevork Mardirossian, among others.

Albert Lau plays in the Apeiron Duo together with Italian violinist Paola Delucchi since 2011. Their forthcoming concerts in 2019 include duo recitals at St Martin-in-the-Fields and Foundling Museum in London. The duo performed a sold-out recital in 2018 at the Palazzo Spinola in Genoa, in a concert organised by the Giovine Orchestra Genovese. They have been invited by the Italian Cultural Institute and Consulate General of Italy (Hong Kong) to perform a violin and piano recital there in 2017. The duo was also invited to speak at a conference at the Società Dante Alighieri (Hong Kong). In Autumn 2017 the Apeiron Duo performs in a series of concerts in Genoa as well as at the St. Mary’s Church in Aylesbury, Great Britain. Their performances garnered enthusiastic review from La Repubblica, Italy’s national newspaper, which praised the ensemble’s ‘commendable lyrical elegance’ and ‘interpretative intelligence’. At Senftöpfchen Theater in Cologne, they were invited to inaugurate the classical concert series ‘Klassik im Töpfchen’ at the theatre, well known throughout Germany for its cabaret and comedy performances.

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.

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Repertoire List

Albert Lau’s repertoire spans from Bach to Birtwistle.
He is fascinated by rarities in the piano repertoire and has a passion
for transcriptions of classical, modern and popular music.

Solo Piano

Isaac Albéniz
From Ibéria: Triana, El Albaicín

Johann Sebastian Bach
Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV 826
Partita No.6 in E minor, BWV 830
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (Selections)
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II (Selections)

Béla Bartók
Suite, Op.14

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata in D major, Op.10 No.3
Sonata in C minor, Op.13 „Pathétique“
Sonata in G major, Op.14 No.2
Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 „Moonlight“
Sonata in D minor, Op.31 No.2 „Tempest“
Sonata in C major, Op.53 „Waldstein“
Sonata in A-flat major, Op.81a „Les Adieux“

Johannes Brahms
Klavierstücke, Op. 118

Frédéric Chopin
Études, Op.10 (Selections)
Études, Op.25 (Selections)
Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23
Ballade No.2 in F major, Op.38
Ballade No.3 in A-flat major, Op.47
Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52
Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op.60
Berceuse in D-flat major, Op.57
Scherzo No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.31
Scherzo No.3 in C-sharp minor, Op.39
Polonaise in F-sharp minor, Op.44
Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat major, Op.61
Grande Valse in A-flat major, Op.42
Valse in E minor, Op. posth.
Valse in D-flat major, Op.64 No.1 „Minute“
Valse in C-sharp minor, Op.64 No.2

Aaron Copland
Variations for Piano

Claude-Achille Debussy
Children’s Corner
Estampes
Images oubliées
Les soirs illuminés par l’ardeur du charbon
From Préludes, 1er livre:
Voiles
La sérénade interrompue
La cathédrale engloutie
Minstrels
From Préludes, 2e livre:
Online
L’isle joyeuse
Masques

Henri Dutilleux
Sonata for Piano

Gabriel Fauré
Nocturne No.7 in C-sharp minor, Op.74
Nocturne No.12 in E minor, Op.107
Nocturne No.13 in B minor, Op.119
Thème et Variations, Op.73
Requiem in D minor, Op.48 (trans. Emile Naoumoff)
Les Berceaux, Op.23 No.1 (trans. Emile Naoumoff)
Clair de lune, Op.46 No.2 (trans. Emile Naoumoff)

George Gershwin
Three Preludes

Franz Joseph Haydn
Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI/50

Lowell Liebermann
Gargoyles, Op.29

César Franck
Prélude, Choral et Fugue
Prélude, Fugue et Variation (trans. Harold Bauer)

Franz Liszt
Un Sospiro
Gnomenreigen
Waldesrauschen
Liebestraum No.3 in A-flat major
Étude transcendante No.10 in F minor

Felix Mendelssohn
Variations sérieuses, Op.54

Olivier Messiaen
Petites esquisses d’oiseaux (Selections)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonata in G major, K.283
Sonata in D major, K.284
Sonata in A minor, K.310
Sonata in C major, K.330
Sonata in D major, K.311
Sonata in B-flat major, K.333
Sonata in B-flat major, K.570
Sonata in D major, K.576
Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466
Concerto No.27 in B-flat major, K.595

Moritz Moszkowski
Étincelles, from 8 Morceaux caractéristiques, Op.36 No.6

Francis Poulenc
Les soirées de Nazelles

Sergei Prokofiev
Sonata No.3 in A minor, Op.28

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Elégie in E-flat minor, Op.3 No.1
Prelude in D major, Op.23 No.4
Prelude in E-flat major, Op.23 No.6
Prelude in C minor, Op.23 No.7
Prelude in G-sharp minor, Op.32 No.10
Etude-tableau in G minor, Op.33 No.6
Etude-tableau in C minor, Op.39 No.1
Etude-tableau in E-flat minor, Op.39 No.5

Einojuhani Rautavaara
Piano Concerto, Op.45

Maurice Ravel
Sonatine
Jeux d‘eau
From Miroirs
Une barque sur l’océan
Alborada del gracioso
La vallée des cloches

Frederic Rzewski
Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues

Erik Satie
3 Gnossiennes

Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in D minor, Kp.141
Sonata in E major, Kp.380
Sonata in F minor, Kp.466

Franz Schubert
Sonata in A major, D.664
Sonata in A minor, D.780
Impromptu in E-flat major, D.899 No.2
Impromptu in G-flat major, D.899 No.3

Robert Schumann
Kinderszenen, Op. 15
Novelette No.1 in F major, Op.21 No.1
From Fantasiestücke, Op.12
Aufschwung
Traumes Wirren
Sonata No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op.11
Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op.22
Concerto in A minor, Op.54

Alexander Scriabin
Etude in D-sharp minor, Op.12 No.8
Etude in C-sharp minor, Op.42 No.5
Sonata No.4 in F-sharp major, Op.30

Dmitri Shostakovich
24 Preludes, Op.34 (Selections)

Chamber Music /
Ensemble

Béla Bartók
Romanian Dances for Violin and Piano

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Trio in C minor, Op.1 No.3
Romance in G for Violin, Op.40

Harrison Birtwistle
Carmen arcadiae mechanicae perpetuum

Ernest Bloch
Suite hébraïque for Viola and Piano

Johannes Brahms
Sonata in E-flat major for Clarinet (or Viola) and Piano,
Op.120 No.2
Sonata in G for Violin and Piano, Op.78
Scherzo in C minor from „F.A.E. Sonata“ for Violin and Piano
Trio in A minor, Op.114
16 Walzes for piano four hands, Op.39 (Selections)

Ernest Chausson
Poème, Op.25

Claude-Achille Debussy
Petite Suite for piano four hands
Prélude à l’après-midi d‘un faune, transcription for two pianos

Antonín Dvorák
Piano Trio, Op.90 „Dumky“
Romance in F minor, Op.11

George Enescu
Cantabile et Presto for Flute and Piano

Gabriel Fauré
Sonata No. 1 in A for Violin and Piano, Op.13
Dolly, Suite for piano four hands, Op.56
Élégie in C minor for Celle and Piano, Op.24
Après un rêve, Op.7 No.1
Chant d’amour, Op.27 No.1
Les Berceaux, Op.23 No.1

César Franck
Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano

Paul Hindemith
Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op.25 No.4

Johann Hummel
Fantasie for Viola and Piano

Aram Khachaturian
Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Violin

Gustav Mahler
Rückert Lieder

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonata in G major for Violin and Piano, K.301
Sonata in E minor for Violin and Piano, K.304
Sonata in C major for Piano four hands, K.521

Émile Naoumoff
Valse pour Nadia, for Piano four hands

Francis Poulenc
Sonata for Piano four hands
Sonata for Flute and Piano
Élégie for two pianos

Astor Piazzolla
From Estaciones Porteñas, for Piano Trio
Primavera Porteña
Invierno Porteño

Sergei Prokofiev
Violin Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.80

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Fantaisie-tableaux for Two Pianos, Op.5

Maurice Ravel
Sonata in G for Violin and Piano
Tzigane for Violin and Piano
Ma mère l‘oye, Suite for Piano four hands

Ottorino Respighi
Violin Sonata in B minor, P.110
6 Pieces for Violin and Piano (Selections)

Camille Saint-Saëns
Introduction et Rondo capriccioso, Op.28

Pablo de Sarasate
Carmen Fantasy, Op.25

Erik Satie
Trois morceaux en forme de poire (Piano four hands)

Franz Schubert
Fantasie in F minor, D.940 (Piano four hands)
Rondo in A major, D.951 (Piano four hands)

Robert Schumann
Sonata No.1 in A minor for Violin and Piano, Op.105
Dichterliebe, Op.48

Dmitri Shostakovich
Piano Trio No.2 in E minor, Op.67
Preludes, Op.34 (Selections) (Arr. for viola)

Igor Stravinsky
Petrushka (Piano four hands)
Suite italienne for Violin and Piano
L‘Histoire du soldat (Version for Piano, Clarinet and Violin)

Henryk Wieniawski
Polonaise de concert No.1, Op.4
Scherzo-tarantelle, Op.16
Thème original varié, Op.15

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Concerts

Forthcoming Appearances
01.07.2018 / 18.00 Uhr Shoreditch Treehouse, London, United Kingdom Duo concert with Yau Cheng, Piano Four Hands shoreditchtreehouse.co.uk
03.08.2018 / 18.00 Uhr Château de Crémat, Nice, France Solo concert, Association France-Allemagne Côte d’Azur
17.08.2018 / 13.00 Uhr Charlton House, London, United Kingdom Duo concert with Paola Delucchi, Violin greenwichheritage.org
03.09.2018 / 00.00 Uhr St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard, London Duo concert with Yau Cheng, Piano Four Hands
11.10.2018 / 19.00 Uhr Steinway & Sons Düsseldorf Solo piano amerikahaus-nrw.de
18.10.2018 / 12.00 Uhr Palazzo Spinola, Genua, Italy Duo concert with Paola Delucchi, Violin gog.it
12.11.2018 / 13.00 Uhr Chung Chi College Chapel, Chinese University, Hong Kong Duo concert with Elena Chiu, Piano Four Hands ccc.cuhk.edu.hk
13.11.2018 / 12.00 Uhr City University of Hong Kong (Vorankündigung) Duo concert with Elena Chiu, Piano Four Hands
22.11.2018 / 20.00 Uhr Kammermusiksaal, Beethoven-Haus, Bonn, Germany Solo piano recital beethoven.de
13.01.2019 / 16.00 Uhr St Apostelnkirche, Cologne, Germany Solo piano recital gemeinden.erzbistum-koeln.de
15.02.2019 / 20.00 Uhr Tsuen Wan Town Hall, Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra hkphil.org
16.02.2019 / 20.00 Uhr Tsuen Wan Town Hall, Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra hkphil.org
17.03.2019 / 15.00 Uhr Foundling Museum, London, United Kingdom Duo concert with Yau Cheng, Piano Four Hands foundlingmuseum.org.uk
04.04.2019 / 12.00 Uhr Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne, Germany Benefit concert, solo piano
28.04.2019 / 15.00 Uhr Foundling Museum, London, United Kingdom Duo concert with Paola Delucchi, Violin
11.06.2019 / 13.00 Uhr St Martin in the Fields, London, United Kingdom Duo concert with Paola Delucchi, Violin
05.07.2019 / 13.15 Uhr St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, London, United Kingdom Duo concert with Yau Cheng, Piano Four Hands
18.07.2019 / 13.00 Uhr St Mary the Virgin, Aylesbury, United Kingdom Duo concert with Yau Cheng, Piano Four Hands
26.07.2019 / 13.00 Uhr St Martin in the Fields, London, United Kingdom Solo piano recital 'Pianists of the World'

Past performances
Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House London, United Kingdom
Steinway Hall London, United Kingdom
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre London, United Kingdom
Senftöpfchen Theater Cologne, Germany
Senate House, University College London London, United Kingdom
Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music London, United Kingdom
David Josefowitz Recital Hall, Royal Academy of Music London, United Kingdom
St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate London, United Kingdom
Snape Maltings Aldeburgh, United Kingdom
St. Mary's Church Aylesbury, United Kingdom
St. George's Bristol Bristol, United Kingdom
Carlton Towers Carlton, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Museo Chiossone d'Arte Orientale Genoa, Italy
Circolo Ufficiali Genova Genoa, Italy
Salle Cortot Paris, France
Auditorium Rameau, Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Saint-Maur Paris, France
Église Saint Martin Gargenville, France
Auditorium, Hotel Mercure Courchevel, France
City Hall Concert Hall Hong Kong
Youth Square Theatre Hong Kong
All Saints' Cathedral Hong Kong
Asamsaal Ettlingen, Germany
Benaroya Hall Seattle, WA, USA
Musical Arts Center Bloomington, IN, USA
Ford Hall, Indiana University Bloomington, IN, USA
Recital Hall, Indiana University Bloomington, IN, USA
St Mary's at Perivale London, United Kingdom
Shoreditch Treehouse London, United Kingdom
Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola Genoa, Italy
Steinway Düsseldorf Düsseldorf, Germany
Carlton Towers North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Charlton House London, United Kingdom
Le Moulin des Arts Entrecasteaux, France

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