Sanders Lau 劉卓熙
Sanders Lau is Resident Conductor of Die Konzertisten (DK), one of Hong Kong’s foremost chamber choirs. Under his preparation, DK has performed with great critical acclaim under internationally distinguished conductors, including Jonathan Cohen (Bach Mass in B minor; Handel Messiah, Israel in Egypt; Vivaldi Gloria), John Butt (Bach St John Passion), Stephen Layton (Mozart Requiem), Chen Yun-Hung, and Leif Segerstam (Wagner Das Liebesmahl der Apostel). He has also conducted DK in many performances ranging from standard repertoire to newly commissioned works by local composers.
With a specialised interest in the historically informed performance of music of the 17th-18th centuries, Sanders works regularly with Cammer Musicus, the baroque orchestra of DK. They have given a series of concerts on Bach’s cantatas on period instruments. Such performances aim to adhere to the style, aesthetic principles, and musical technique of the era in which the music was originally conceived.
As a speaker and clinician, Sanders has given lectures, pre-concert talks, and workshops on many occasions, such as the Macau International Choral Festival, and various outreach projects of the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Currently, Sanders teaches the Treble Choir of Diocesan Boys' School (named Best Secondary School Junior Choir in the 69th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival), and the Intermediate Choirs of St Paul’s College. He was previously a part-time lecturer in conducting and early music history at Macao Polytechnic Institute.
Sanders holds a Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music, where he studied conducting with William Weinert and Brad Lubman, and historical performance practice with Paul O’Dette. His other mentors include Stephen Layton, Helmuth Rilling, Nicolas Fink, Simon Carrington, Peter Harvey, and Ivars Taurins. Previously, he read music at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, during which he learned choral conducting from Esmond Lim and Felix Yeung.
Outside of the classical music scene, Sanders is known for his work with Chai Fai Young x Women’s Choir「陳輝陽 x 女聲合唱」, a cross-over collaboration with the famed local popular music composer and producer. Choral rearrangements of Chan’s most popular hits were performed in three productions of concerts, and can also be heard on two commercially released albums, one of which was named the Best Collection Album in the 2017 Chinese Music Awards. He is also a member of the a cappella group jmJazz「做乜Jazz」, which has recently won a Gold Medal at the World Contemporary A Cappella Competition in Taiwan. Last summer, he produced a much-loved music video of 「燕尾蝶」 for Greenpeace HK.
劉氏為香港少數研習鑑古演奏（Historically Informed Performance）的指揮，醉心演出17及18世紀音樂，並多次指揮DK及旗下古樂團 Cammer Musicus演出巴赫的清唱劇。「鑑古演奏」旨在透過採用樂曲所屬時期的演奏風格、美學原則及技法，呈現出貼近樂曲原貌的演出。
劉氏畢業於美國伊斯曼音樂學院，考獲指揮碩士學位，期間隨 William Weinert 及 Brad Lubman 習指揮，以及隨 Paul O’Dette 研習鑑古演奏法。他也曾受教於萊頓、利靈、Nicolas Fink、Simon Carrington、Peter Harvey、Ivars Taurins等人。負笈美國前，劉氏於香港中文大學獲得音樂學士學位，期間隨兩位恩師林思漢和楊欣諾習合唱指揮。
古典音樂以外，劉氏自2016年起擔任《陳輝陽 x 女聲合唱》作品音樂會指揮，以合唱方式重新演繹香港著名流作曲家陳輝陽的經典名作。兩場音樂會《少女的祈禱》及《上一次流淚》均大獲好評。音樂會曲目獲灌錄成唱片推出，專輯《少女的祈禱》更獲頒2017年華語金曲獎「年度最佳合輯」。此外，劉氏為無伴奏組合「做乜Jazz」的成員，組合早前於台灣國際重唱藝術節世界盃現代阿卡貝拉大賽中奪得金牌。去年暑假，他為「綠色和平」監製「郊響樂《燕尾蝶》」合唱版音樂影片，大獲好評。