18-year-old pianist 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 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.
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. Additionally, he received numerous trophies and scholarships from other 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 (complete) as a soloist in February 2018 at the Orpheum Theatre with the VAM Symphony Orchestra (VAMSO). In addition, he has performed as an orchestral member, playing the piano part to Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite at the Orpheum Theatre and the Kay Meek Centre. He has performed in many recitals and concerts, and his chamber music experiences comprise of performing at the Windermere Care Centre and the Roedde House Museum.