Hamilton Lau was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. He began his piano studies
at the age of four, and he currently studies with Corey Hamm at the University of British
Columbia. He received the British Columbia Registered Music Teacher’s Association Excellence
Award in 2015, and in 2016, he obtained the Associate Diploma of the Royal Conservatory of
Music (ARCT), Piano Performance. From 2016 to 2020, he was enrolled in the Young Artist
Collegiate Program at the Vancouver Academy of Music, where he studied piano, theory,
history, and composition. He has participated in masterclasses with Charles Richard-Hamelin,
Lucas Wong, Tomislav Baynov, Noel McRobbie, and Ian Parker, as well as taking part in a
piano trio with Joseph Elworthy and Andrew Dawes as the coaches.
Hamilton has achieved awards from numerous competitions at the national, provincial, and local
level. Most recently, he won the UBC Concerto Competition. Additionally, he achieved first
place at the Canadian Music Competition in 2021 and 2019, and at the Performing Arts BC
Provincial Festival in 2018. He also won the Kay Meek Competition, Phyllis Salter Piano
Competition, and the Bjorn and Lori Hareid Senior Secondary Competition, and received
trophies and scholarships from many music festivals such as the Kiwanis Fraser Valley
International Music Festival, CDMF Performing Arts Festival, BCCM Music Festival, and
the Pacific Youth Piano Festival.
Besides competing, Hamilton has a wide range of experience in performing, both as a soloist and
as a collaborative pianist. He played Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor at the Orpheum
Theatre with the VAM Symphony Orchestra (VAMSO) in 2018 and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s
Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp Minor at the Chan Center with the UBC Symphony Orchestra
in 2022. He has performed in many recitals and concerts, and his chamber music experiences
comprise of performing at the Windermere Care Centre, the Roy Barnett Recital Hall, and the
Roedde House Museum.