Kwan Chak Lau
Hong Kong SAR China, Hong Kong Central and Western Cello
Alex Lau was born in Hong Kong 2002. At the age of seven, he started his musical life with the cello. Since 2021 October, he is studying at the Munich University of Music and Theater with Wen-Sinn Yang.
Alex Lau was studying at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, Saxon State High School for Music Carl Maria von Weber under the tutelage of Hsin- Hsin Chang, Laurent Perrin, Susanne Müller-Hornbach, Marie- Elisabeth Hecker and Norbert Anger.
He had the opportunity to gain valuable experience with many renowned musicians
such as Misha Maisky, Alban Gerhardt, Nobuko Imai, Peter Bruns, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Jan Vogler, Daniel Hope, Jakob Koranyi and Daniel Müller- Schott.
Alex Lau was a prize-winner at the “Ai Qin Prize” International Cello Competition in Beijing China, the International Dotzauer Cello Competition in Dresden Germany and the Nouvelles Étoiles International Music Competition Paris France.
As a huge chamber music enthusiast, he has gathered substantial performance experience at festivals such as Seiji Ozawa Academy, Nume Festival, Mit Musik- Miteinander Kronberg, Geneva International String Academy, Chamber Lab, Daniel Hope Academy and Holland Music Sessions, where he collaborated with renowned artists such as Mi-Kyung Lee, Adrien Boisseau, Boris Kusnezow, Christel Lee, Sergey Ostrovsky, Pauline Sachse, Florian Uhlig and Jan Vogler.
An advocate of bringing cello music to wider audiences, Alex Lau collaborates with the choreographer Jacopo Godani and the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company. The resulting work “Bach off!” (with Bach Solo Suites) and “Premonitions of a larger Plan“ (with Solo Sonatas by G. Ligeti and Z. Kodaly) show a new perspective on the relationship between musicians and dancers.
In 2020, Alex Lau and his brother were invited by violinist Daniel Hope to perform in his TV and Radio program “Hope at Home- Next generation”, which was streamed in ARTE-concert, German public-broadcaster ZDF and WDR. Besides, Alex Lau has performed as a soloist with multiple youth orchestras and played in concert venues such as the Geneva Victoria Hall, Berliner Philharmonie, Kulturpalast Dresden, Isarphilharmonie Munich, Flagey Brussels and Hong Kong City Hall.
In the 2022/23 season, Alex Lau’s engagements include Gimhae International Music Festival and Yangwhajin International Music Festival where he is having his first appearance in Seoul and Gimhae (near Busan) South Korea. Guest appearance in Moldo Crescendo, a renowned chamber music festival in Moldova and Romania as well as Villars Music Academy in Switzerland where he is performing with members of the Berlin Philharmonic and getting lessons by Tabea Zimmermann and Kolja Blacher.
Alex Lau performs on a german cello by Dietmar Rexhausen, kindly on loan from Wen- Sinn Yang.