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SANDERS LAU

Sanders Lau is a multifaceted choral musician and a much sought-after conductor. As the Resident Conductor of Die Konzertisten (DK), one of Hong Kong’s foremost chamber choirs, he has prepared the choir to perform with internationally distinguished conductors including Jonathan Cohen, Stephen Layton, and John Butt on masterpieces such as Bach’s Mass in B minor, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Requiem. He regularly conducts DK in performances ranging from the standard repertoire, such as Palestrina, Haydn, Duruflé, to works and projects by contemporary composers. 


With a specialised interest in ‘historically informed performances’ of early music, Sanders has conducted Bach’s cantatas and selections of Handel’s oratorios with DK and its period-instrument orchestra. Such performances aim to adhere to the style, aesthetic principles, and musical technique of the era in which the music was originally conceived. 


As a speaker and clinician who is in high demand, Sanders has given lectures, workshops, and pre-concert talks for organisations such as Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong Inter-school Choral Festival, Hong Kong Joint School Music Association, and Macau International Choral Festival. Sanders has coached choirs from many schools and organisations in Hong Kong, including Diocesan Boys' School, St Paul’s College, Sacred Heart Canossian College, and The Hong Kong Children’s Choir. Choirs under his leadership have captured top prizes in local and international festivals and competitions, including two Gold Medals at the European Choir Games Grand Prix of Nations, and the title of Best Junior Choir of the Year (First Division) at the Hong Kong Schools’ Music Festival. Previously, he served as a part-time lecturer at Macao Polytechnic Institute.


Outside of the classical music scene, Sanders is known for his work with Chan Fai Young x Girls’ Choir (陳輝陽 x 女聲合唱). Their songs have reached the top charts across local streaming platforms. He has also worked with other artists in the pop music industry, including Yin Ng, Harris Ho, Terence Lam, Eman Lam, and Jan Lamb in the capacities as producer and backing vocalist. Sanders also sings baritone with the vocal jazz a cappella group ‘jmJazz’, which he co-founded. The group has won a Gold Medal at the World Contemporary A Cappella Competition in Taiwan. 


Sanders graduated from Eastman School of Music and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His primary mentors were William Weinert, Brad Lubman, Paul O’Dette, Felix Yeung, and Esmond Lim.


Upcoming, Sanders will join this year’s HKAF No Limits’ production of Austin Yip’s chamber opera ‘Por Por’ as its Music Director.


Sanders was awarded Second Prize at the Hong Kong Choral Conducting Competition 2019.