Sanders Lau 劉卓熙
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 young talents in the region.
With a specialised interest in the historically informed performance of music of the 17th-18th centuries, 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, 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. Last summer, he was a conducting fellow of the Norfolk Chamber Choral Festival, where he worked with Simon Carrington. He has also been selected to participate in master classes by Helmuth Rilling, Stephen Layton, Nicolas Fink and more.
Currently, Sanders is 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.
劉卓熙是一名活躍的年青指揮及歌者。現為Die Konzertisten之駐團指揮，以及 Singchronizers 的音樂總監。此外，劉氏就讀香港中文大學音樂系期間創立並指揮合唱團Aqua Voice。他也曾以助理指揮的身份隨聖保羅男女中學之高級混聲合唱團參加第七屆世界合唱比賽，並助合唱團取得一面金牌。
Die Konzertisten 在劉氏的指導下，屢與國際知名指揮家合作，當中包括萊頓（莫扎特《安魂曲》），畢特（巴赫《聖約翰受難曲》），及高恩（韓德爾《彌賽亞》及《以色列人在埃及》），演出大獲好評。劉氏也多次指揮合唱團，演出涵蓋傳統曲目如巴赫的經文歌、海頓《尼爾遜彌撒曲》、杜魯夫《安魂曲》，乃至當代全新委約作品。
劉氏近期的演出包括：獲邀到台北指揮東吳大學合唱團，政治大學振聲合唱團，及陽明大學合唱團的聯合音樂會《冬陽正暖II》；Die Konzertisten 的樂旅巴赫系列巴赫清唱劇；第45屆香港藝術節《我們的主題曲》；以及《少女的祈禱：陳輝陽 x 女聲合唱》跨界音樂會，音樂會上的曲目亦獲灌錄成唱片推出。
劉氏畢業於香港中文大學，期間隨恩師林思漢和楊欣諾修習合唱指揮。後獲獎學金負芨美國，於伊斯曼音樂學院考獲指揮碩士學位，師隨William Weinert及Bard Lubman。劉氏對17及18世紀音樂的濃厚興趣也驅使他向世界首屈一指的早期音樂家Paul O’Dette學習。他曾參與不少國際知名指揮的大師班，包括：利靈，萊頓，Simon Carrington，及Nicolas Fink。聲樂導師包括Katherine Ciesinki及胡永正。劉氏現任教於澳門理工學院音樂系，並於拔萃男書院及香港兒童合唱團擔任導師。他指揮的拔萃男書院男童聲合唱團於第69屆香港學校音樂節中，榮獲年度最佳中學初級組合唱隊殊榮。