Wai Lau

Wai Lau, clarinet (Hong Kong), has recently been appointed as the bass clarinetist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to Yellow Barn, she has appeared at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Bari International Music Festival, Norfolk Music Festival, Festival of the Sound, The Banff Centre, and Lachine Music Festival with such artists as the Peabody Trio, Russell Braun, James Campbell, Ettore Causa, Peter Frankl, Marc Johnson, David Shifrin, James Sommerville, Roger Tapping, Stephen Taylor, and Paul Watkins, among others. She was awarded Grand Prize in the Canadian National Music Festivals Competition, the Harold Wright Award from the Boston Woodwind Society, and the Alumni Association Prize from Yale School of Music. In addition, she has been a finalist at the Alexandre Tansman International Competition in Łódź, Poland. Under the tutelage of James Campbell, Ms. Lau received her Bachelor's degree with distinction from Indiana University, where she was also awarded the Performer's Certificate for outstanding performance in clarinet. She was named a Schulich Scholar at McGill University, where she received her M.M., studying with Robert Crowley and Alain Desgagné. She also holds an Artist Diploma from Yale School of Music, where she studied with David Shifrin. She has taught on the clarinet and chamber music faculty at Mount Holyoke College and the Yellow Barn Young Artist Program. In addition, she was a teaching artist in New Haven under Yale University's Music in Schools Initiative. Past Yellow Barn musician (2013-2014)