Kevin Lau

Biography

Kevin Lau is one of Canada’s leading young composers. His music has been commissioned by ensembles such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Hannaford Street Silver Band, TorQ and Via Salzburg. Mr. Lau’s 2014 orchestral work, A Dream of Dawn, was premiered by the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra at the Musikverein in Vienna. In addition to creating an original score for Le Petit Prince, Mr. Lau is collaborating with Guillaume Côté on a second ballet, commissioned by the National Arts Centre Orchestra, which makes its world premiere April 2017.

In 2012, Mr. Lau completed his doctorate in music composition from the University of Toronto under the supervision of Christos Hatzis. He served as Composer in Residence for the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra (2010 –12), The Banff Centre (2012) and was Artistic Director of the Sneak Peek Orchestra (with conductor and co-founder Victor Cheng) until 2014. He served as the RBC Affiliate Composer for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra from 2012 to 2015. His discography includes the JUNO-nominated fusion album Spin Cycle (2016) featuring the Afiara Quartet and DJ Skratch Bastid.