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Biography
Praised for his “immaculately refined” playing (The Philadelphia Inquirer), violist Born Lau has appeared internationally both as a soloist and chamber musician. A prizewinner of the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition and the 2012 Astral National Auditions, he has recently performed in countries such as Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and numerous cities in the United States and China.   2018 season highlights include an appearance at the Kuhmo Chamber Festival in Finland, at the Musicus Fest in Hong Kong,  and a chamber music tour in Thailand.  Career highlights include performances as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, performance at the Henry A. Kissinger Prize ceremony in Berlin, and a concert with the esteemed Tokyo String Quartet in Los Angeles. Lau has served as Principal Violist of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Symphony in C, as well as Guest Principal Violist of San Diego Symphony and Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra. He has recently been appointed as the new Principal Violist of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Lau received his education from the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Colburn Conservatory of Music. He has studied with viola teachers including Roberto Diaz, Paul Coletti and Richard Fleischman.  Chamber music studies with members of the Emerson, Guarneri and Tokyo String Quartets.  He has given master classes throughout the world, including the Soochow University (Suzhou, China), the New World School of the Arts (Miami, USA), Washington Conservatory of Music, and the Baptist University (Hong Kong).
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