Sanders Lau is a multifaceted choral musician and a much sought-after conductor. He is Resident Conductor of Die Konzertisten (DK), one of Hong Kong’s foremost chamber choirs. Under his preparation, DK has performed with internationally distinguished conductors including Jonathan Cohen, Stephen Layton, and John Butt on masterpieces such as Bach’s Mass in B minor and St John Passion, Handel’s Messiah and Israel in Egypt, and Mozart’s Requiem. He frequently conducts DK in performances ranging from the standard repertoire to premieres of new works, most recently Yin Ng’s Choral Suite ‘This Victoria Has No Secrets’.
With a specialised interest in ‘historically informed performances’ of Baroque music, Sanders has conducted Bach’s cantatas and selections of Handel’s oratorios with DK and its orchestra. Such performances aim to adhere to the style, aesthetic principles, and musical technique of the era in which the music was originally conceived. This December, Sanders will lead the annual HKU ‘Messiah Sing-Along’ concert.
Sanders has conducted choirs from Diocesan Boys' School, St Paul’s College, and Sacred Heart Canossian College, capturing top prizes both local and abroad, including two Gold Medals at the European Choir Games Grand Prix of Nations, and the title of Best Junior Choir of the Year in Hong Kong Schools’ Music Festival. He was previously a part-time lecturer at Macao Polytechnic Institute. Sanders has given lectures, workshops, and pre-concert talks for many organisations, including the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and Macau International Choral Festival.
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. He has also learnt from Helmuth Rilling, Simon Carrington, Peter Harvey, and Ivars Taurins among others.
Outside of the classical music scene, Sanders is known for his work with Chan Fai Young x Women’s Choir (陳輝陽 x 女聲合唱). Sanders sings baritone with the a cappella group ‘jmJazz’, which has won a Gold Medal at the World Contemporary A Cappella Competition in Taiwan. He was the producer of Greenpeace HK’s ‘燕尾蝶’ music video.
Sanders was awarded Second Prize at the Hong Kong Choral Conducting Competition 2019.