Described as a “self-assured voice” (Barczablog) with a “masterful control over his idiom” (Classical Music Sentinel), Kevin Lau is quickly establishing himself as one of Canada’s forefront emerging composers. His music has been commissioned and performed by over twenty ensembles including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, Hannaford Street Silver Band, and the Afiara String Quartet. His 2014 orchestral work, “A Dream of Dawn,” was commissioned by the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and received its world premiere in Vienna, Austria. In 2010 he received the Karen Kieser Prize in Canadian Music for his composition “Starsail,” which was recorded on Naxos Canadian Classics by the Mercer-Park Duo in 2014. Most recently, he was commissioned by the National Ballet of Canada to create an original full-length ballet score based on Antoine Saint-Exupéry’s novel Le Petit Prince, which will receive its premiere in 2016.
In addition to composing concert music, Kevin is also active as a film composer, conductor, pianist, and arranger. In 2007, Kevin co-founded the Sneak Peek Orchestra (with conductor Victor Cheng), where he remained artistic director till 2014. The orchestra premiered several of his works, including his Cello Concerto “Foundation” and his Double Concerto “Illumination.” Both works were commissioned with the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council.
Kevin 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 of 2012). He is currently the RBC Affiliate Composer for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (2012-15).