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Free Lunchtime Concert: Albert Lau (Piano)

Friday 26 July 2019

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Part of the Pianists of the World Series

Programme

Clara Schumann – Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann
Robert Schumann – Sonata for Piano in F-sharp minor
Albert Lau Piano

Performers

Born in Hong Kong, Young Steinway Artist Albert Lau performs internationally as solo pianist and chamber musician. His repertoire spans from Bach to Birtwistle, and from rarities in the repertoire to his own transcriptions. He was named a Young Steinway Artist by Steinway & Sons in 2018.

Albert Lau studied with Emile Naoumoff at Indiana University in the USA, before furthering his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, under the tutelage of Joanna MacGregor. Upon graduation he was awarded Distinction for his Master of Music degree.

Albert Lau’s performances in 2018/19 span across international venues, including Kammermusiksaal Beethoven-Haus (Bonn), Palazzo Spinola (Genoa), Senft6pfchen Theater (Cologne), Le Moulin des Arts (Entrecasteaux), Charlton House (London), Chgteau de Cremat (Nice), City Hall Recital Hall (Hong Kong), Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum (Cologne), Foundling Museum (London) and St Martin-in-the-Fields (London). Last summer Albert Lau was invited to perform at the golden jubilee of the Association France-Allemagne in Cate d’Azur. In October 2018 he performed at Steinway & Sons Dusseldorf on the occasion of Steinway’s 165th anniversary.

A versatile pianist, Albert Lau performed at the Royal Opera House Linbury Studio Theatre alongside principal dancers from the Royal Ballet in 2013. That same year he made his Southbank debut at the Purcell Room, performing John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano. While at the Royal Academy of Music, Albert Lau was awarded the Lloyd Hartley Prize for Best Postgraduate Recitals, among other prizes. His recording with the Academy Chamber Ensemble was released under Linn Records, in which he performed Mahler and Debussy’s symphonic works under Trevor Pinnock.

Albert Lau is fascinated by rarities in the repertoire and seeks to pour creativity into crafting innovative programmes. He has written piano transcriptions in which he ‘re-imagines’ popular German melodies, such as Für mich soll’s rote Rosen regnen. Albert Lau currently lives in Cologne, Germany.

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