Sanders Lau leads an active musical life both as a conductor and a singer. He is currently Resident Conductor of Die Konzertisten (DK), one of Hong Kong’s foremost chamber choirs. He is also Music Director of Singchronizers. In addition, Sanders co-founded and conducted the chamber choir Aqua Voice at The Chinese University of Hong Kong during his studies there. He was also Assistant Conductor of the Senior Mixed Voice Choir of St Paul’s Co-educational College, which received a gold medal in the 7th World Choir Games.
Under his preparation, DK has performed with great critical acclaim under internationally distinguished conductors, including Stephen Layton (Mozart’s Requiem), John Butt (Bach's St John Passion), and Jonathan Cohen (Handel’s Messiah; Israel in Egypt), and Chen Yun-Hung. He has also conducted DK in performances ranging from standard repertoire, such as Haydn’s Nelson Mass, and Duruflé’s Requiem, to newly commissioned works.
With a specialised interest in the historically informed performance of music of the 17th-18th century, Sanders regularly conducts Cammer Musicus, Hong Kong’s first baroque orchestra. They have given concerts of Bach’s cantatas on period instruments in DK’s Bach Pilgrimage Series. Such performances aim to adhere to the style, aesthetic principles, and musical technique of the era in which the music was originally conceived.
Sanders holds a Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music, where he studied conducting with William Weinert; and historical performance practice with Paul O’Dette. He was also a student of Ivars Taurins and Jeanne Lamon at Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. Previously, he read music at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he learned choral conducting from Esmond Lim and Felix Yeung. He has been selected to participate in master classes by Helmuth Rilling, Stephen Layton, Simon Carrington, Nicolas Fink and more.
Currently, Sanders is a part-time lecturer at the Music Department of Macao Polytechnic Institute, where he teaches conducting and performance practice. He also teaches at various other organisations, including Diocesan Boys' School, and Hong Kong Children’s Choir. Under his direction, Treble Choir of Diocesan Boys' School was named Best Secondary School Junior Choir in the 69th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. Sanders also participates actively in Hong Kong Arts Festival’s outreach projects as a speaker and a performer.
His other recent ventures include ‘Chan Fai Young x Girls’ Choir - The Girl’s Prayer’, a crossover collaboration with the titled local popular music composer and producer. The project comprises of three sold-out concerts, and a studio-recorded CD, which has been named the Best Collection Album in the 2017 Chinese Music Awards.
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