ABOUT SANDERS LAU
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, the choir has performed with internationally distinguished conductors including Jonathan Cohen, Stephen Layton, John Butt, Leif Segerstam, and Chen Yun-Hung on masterpieces such as Bach’s Mass in B minor, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart’s Requiem. He frequently conducts DK in performances ranging from the standard repertoire, such as Palestrina, Haydn, Duruflé, to works and projects by local composers. In DK’s collaboration with Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) ‘No Limits’ in 2021, Sanders was the tenor soloist and chorus recording master of the online performance ‘A Journey Too Short’.
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.
Upcoming, Sanders will join this year’s HKAF No Limits’ production of Austin Yip’s chamber opera ‘Por Por’ as its Music Director.
As a speaker and clinician who is in high demand, Sanders has given lectures, workshops, and pre-concert talks for organisations such as HKAF, Macau International Choral Festival, Eslite Bookstore, YMCA, and Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui. He has also done adjudication work for Hong Kong Inter-school Choral Festival, and the Hong Kong Joint School Music Association. As a guest conductor, he has worked with The Illumino Singers, the Alumni Choir of The Chinese University of Hong Kong's Music Department, Hong Kong Shue Yan University Choral Society,
Sanders has coached students and choirs from many schools and organisations in Hong Kong, including Diocesan Boys' School, St Paul’s College, Sacred Heart Canossian College, Belilios Public School, Diocesan Girls’ School, St Stephen’s 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, where he taught conducting, music history, and performance practices.
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), which gave a sold-out performance at Hong Kong Coliseum in June 2021. Their songs have reached the top charts across local streaming platforms. One of the project’s studio-recorded albums was named the Best Collection Album in the 2017 Chinese Music Awards. He has worked with other artists in the pop music industry, including Yin Ng, Harris Ho, Terence Lam, Eman Lam, and Jan Lamb in the capacities of 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 holds a Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music, where he studied conducting with William Weinert and Brad Lubman; and historical performance practice with Paul O’Dette. At Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, he studied with Ivars Taurins, Jeanne Lamon, and Peter Harvey. Sanders was selected as a conducting fellow at Yale University’s Norfolk Chamber Choir & Conducting Workshop. Over the years, he has learned from great masters such as Stephen Layton, Helmuth Rilling, Nicolas Fink, and Simon Carrington, among others. Previously, he read music at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), where he learned choral conducting from Esmond Lim and Felix Yeung. At CUHK, Sanders co-founded Aqua Voice, an undergraduate chamber choir that has since provided opportunities for students leaders who wish to develop their passion for choral music.
Sanders was awarded Second Prize at the Hong Kong Choral Conducting Competition 2019.