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Kevin Lau

A prolific composer of over a dozen orchestral works and many more chamber works, Kevin Lau's music has been commissioned and performed by over twenty ensembles including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharonic Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, Toronto Concert Orchestra, Orchestre de la Francophonie, Hannaford Street Silver Band, Via Salzburg, and Ensemble Paramirabo. He was awarded the 2010 Karen Kieser Prize in Canadian Music for his composition "Starsail", and his music is featured on violinist Conrad Chow's debut CD, "Premieres" (2012 Cambria Music.)

Kevin is also active in other areas of composition, having composed the scores to fifteen films, including the Canadian feature "Gooby" (co-composed with Ronald Royer) and the History Channel documentary "UFOs: The Secret History." He has provided orchestral arrangements for various artists and ensembles, including Juno-nominated singer Suzie McNeil, and served as music director for multiple theatrical productions, including the Mississauga Chamber Society's cross-cultural fusion show, "Carpet of Dreams." In 2007, Kevin co-founded the Sneak Peek Orchestra with conductor Victor Cheng, which recently premiered his Cello Concerto "Foundation" (with soloist Rachel Mercer.)

Kevin recently 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) and was one of two emerging resident composers at the Banff Centre Summer Arts Festival (2012). He was recently appointed Affiliate Composer of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (2012-14).


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