Clarinetist Wai Lau is a dynamic recitalist and chamber musician. Born in Beijing, China in 1986, she started studying the piano at age 7, and later the clarinet at age 13, followed shortly by winning First Prize in Hong Kong region in the 2nd Asian Youth Music Competition. She has been awarded Grand Prize in the Canadian National Music Festivals Competition; the Harold Wright Award from the Boston Woodwind Society; and the Alumni Association Prize from Yale School of Music.
Lau has appeared in concerts at Bari International Music Festival, Festival of the Sound, the Banff Centre, Norfolk Music Festival, and Lachine Music Festival, collaborating with artists such as Russell Braun, James Campbell, Ettore Causa, Mark Fewer, Marc Johnson, Joel Quarrington, David Shifrin, James Sommerville, and Stephen Taylor. Her performances have brought her through the United States, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Poland, and South Africa.
Lau completed her Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance with distinction in 2008 at Indiana University under the tutelage of James Campbell, and was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate for outstanding performance in clarinet. She received her Master of Music in 2010 from McGill University studying with Robert Crowley and Alain Desgagné on the Schulich Scholarship. Lau has recently completed her Artist Diploma with David Shifrin at the Yale School of Music, where she was a clarinet instructor of undergraduate students, as well as a teaching artist serving Yale’s community engagement programs. Lau is currently on the faculty at Mount Holyoke College.