Sanders Lau 劉卓熙

Resident Conductor

Resident Conductor - Sanders Lau

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. 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), Jonathan Cohen (Handel’s Messiah, Israel in Egypt), and Chen Yun-Hung. He has conducted DK in performances ranging from standard repertoire, such as Haydn’s Nelson Mass, and Duruflé’s Requiem, 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, 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, Jeanne Lamon, and Peter Harvey 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 also been mentored by Stephen Layton, Helmuth Rilling, Nicolas Fink, Simon Carrington and more.

In the past three academic years, Sanders served as a part-time lecturer at Macao Polytechnic Institute, where he teaches conducting, performance practice, and music history. In Hong Kong, he conducts the Treble Choir of Diocesan Boys' School, which was named Best Secondary School Junior Choir in the 69th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. Sanders participates actively in Hong Kong Arts Festival’s outreach programmes as a speaker and a performer, recent highlights include conducting an abridged version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard for the Festival’s Young Friends audience. He has also been invited to give workshops and lectures by organisations such as Eslite Bookstore, YMCA, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, and various local secondary schools.

Sanders is known for his work as conductor of ‘Chan Fai Young x Women’s Choir’, 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.

劉卓熙是一名香港土生土長的年青指揮、合唱與獨唱歌手,及音樂教育工作者。劉氏現於香港最優秀合唱團之一的 Die Konzertisten (DK)擔任駐團指揮,並多次指揮該團旗下的古樂團 Cammer Musicus。作為香港少數研習鑑古演奏法(Historically Informed Performance)的指揮,劉氏醉心演出17及18世紀音樂。在他指導下,DK 經常與海外知名指揮家合作,包括萊頓 Stephen Layton(莫扎特《安魂曲》)、高恩Jonathan Cohen(韓德爾《彌賽亞》及《以色列人在埃及》)、畢特 John Butt(巴赫《聖約翰受難曲》)、薩格士譚 Leif Segerstam(華格納《使徒的愛筵》),以及陳雲紅等。

劉氏畢業於美國頂級音樂學府 — 伊斯曼音樂學院 Eastman School of Music,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。他又曾於多倫多 Tafelmusik 巴洛克音樂夏季學院中隨 Ivars Taurins,Jeanne Lamon,及 Peter Harvey 學習。負笈美國前,劉氏於香港中文大學獲得音樂學士學位,主修聲樂,同時師承林思漢和楊欣諾學習指揮。

現時,劉氏於香港不同學校及機構擔任合唱團導師,其中拔萃男書院男童聲合唱團於第69屆香港學校音樂節中,在他領導下奪得年度最佳中學初級組合唱隊(第一組別)殊榮。2015-2018 學年間,他於澳門理工學院音樂系擔任兼任講師,任教指揮、音樂歷史,及早期音樂。此外,劉氏經常於香港藝術節的外展演出及活動中亮相,近期演出包括指揮音樂劇《日落大道》。他又曾為誠品書店、香港聖公會、基督教青年會等機構主講工作坊及講座。

正統古典音樂以外,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」。

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