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Wai Lau ’12AD wins position with Hong Kong Philharmonic

August 2, 2013

Clarinetist Wai Lau ’12AD was recently appointed to a position with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. She will play bass clarinet with the orchestra.lau_wai

Wai Lau, clarinet (Beijing, China), has appeared in concerts at the Bari International Music Festival, Festival of the Sound, Banff Centre, Norfolk Music Festival, and Lachine Music Festival, collaborating with Russell Braun, James Campbell, Ettore Causa, Mark Fewer, Marc Johnson, Joel Quarrington, David Shifrin, James Sommerville, and Stephen Taylor, among others. She has performed throughout the United States, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Poland, and South Africa. Wai Lau was awarded Grand Prize in the Canadian National Music Festivals Competition, the Harold Wright Award from the Boston Woodwind Society, and the Alumni Association Prize from Yale School of Music. In addition, she has been a finalist at the Alexandre Tansman International Competition in Łódź, Poland.

Under the tutelage of James Campbell, Wai received her bachelor’s degree with distinction from Indiana University, where she was also awarded the Performer’s Certificate for outstanding performance in clarinet. She was named a Schulich Scholar at McGill University, where she received her M.M., studying with Robert Crowley and Alain Desgagné. Wai also holds an Artist Diploma from Yale School of Music, where she studied with David Shifrin. In the past academic year, she served on the faculty at Mount Holyoke College, in addition to actively serving as a Teaching Artist in New Haven under Yale University’s Music in Schools Initiative. Most recently Wai was awarded a Graduate Center Fellowship to pursue her DMA studies at the City University of New York beginning in Fall 2013.

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