Born Lau

Born Lau, viola (Hong Kong), has performed as soloist with the Hong Kong Festival Orchestra, the New Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Dreyfoos Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Colburn Orchestra, and appeared as soloist in Hong Kong in the summer of 2011. He has appeared at the Yellow Barn and Sarasota Music festivals, Perlman Music Program, and at Switzerland’s Verbier Festival Academy. He served as principal violist of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, as well as Guest Principal Violist of San Diego Symphony in the 2012-2013 season. Born is a prizewinner at the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition. He is also the winner of Astral Artists’ 2012 National Auditions. He was awarded the 2013 Prix Musique de Chambre at the American School in Fontainebleau, France, and the top prize at both the Artist Series of Sarasota Scholarship Competition and the Music Society of Coral Lakes Scholarship Award. He has also been a prizewinner in the Hellam Young Artists’, Schmidbauer International Strings, and Artists Series of Sarasota competitions. An enterprising artist, he also recently organized a fundraising concert for UNICEF. Originally from Hong Kong, Born graduated from high school in West Palm Beach, Florida. His past private teachers include Roberto Diaz, Paul Coletti, and Richard Fleischman, and he studied chamber music with Ronald Leonard, John Perry, and Arnold Steinhardt. Born holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Colburn Conservatory of Music and a Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music and has given masterclasses at Soochow University, Temple Music Prep, the New World School of the Arts, and the Washington Conservatory of Music. Past Yellow Barn musician (2010-2011, 2014)