Pianist Daniel Lau has received enthusiastic press notices for both his solo and chamber performances. The Washington Post praised his “exemplary artistry;” the Baltimore Sun noted “Lau’s beautifully shaded playing;” the Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA) lauded his “flair, great technical proficiency and expressiveness;” and La Liberte (Fribourg, Switzerland) cited “playful nuances, translucent phrasing, and miraculous sonorities.”
He has appeared in recitals and with orchestras throughout North America and Europe. In recent years, he has soloed with the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, the Snow Pond Symphony, the Port City Chamber Orchestra, and the Oakville Chamber Orchestra where the Ontario Arts Review stated, “Daniel Lau is a superb pianist whose dexterity, focus and concentration are not spoiled with histrionics or over-dramatization.” He collaborates frequently with singers internationally and is a sought-after chamber musician. With soprano Sabrina Coleman Clark, he has performed a multimedia show, “Marian Anderson - A Legacy of Hope,” to thousands of school children. He performs frequently with Camerata Philadelphia, the Port City Music Festival Players, and is a founding member of the Ravel Trio praised recently by the Swiss Journal du Jura, “Splendid interpretation, vigorous and nuanced playing.”
He has released half a dozen recordings with a variety of artists, including a CD with award winning engineer Marc Arbort and a self-produced solo CD “Transcendent Colors.” With a special interest in Asian American and African American composers, Lau is committed to the performance of living composers. He has premiered many solo and chamber music works and can be heard on a number of recordings of works by contemporary living composers.
A versatile pianist, violinist and conductor, Daniel has served as Music Director for performances of Manon, Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Merry Widow, and The Magic Flute, among others. Lau attended Loma Linda University, where he served as concertmaster of the orchestra and 1st violinist of the LLU String Quartet. Graduating with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance - high honors, he won the coveted Dean’s Award. He then attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music, becoming a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda honorary society while earning masters and doctoral degrees. His major teachers include Lillian Freundlich, Anita Norskov Olsen, Samuel Sanders, and Jerome Lowenthal.
Dr. Lau is a dedicated educator of music and has given masterclasses and clinics throughout the United States. He serves as Vice President for Student Activities and chairs the Spring Festival: Piano Ensemble event for the Maryland State Music Teachers Association. He has taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music, Notre Dame of Maryland University, and was recently named Chair of the Department of Music at Washington Adventist University.
Daniel resides in Baltimore, MD with his wife - mezzo-soprano Kyle Engler, daughter - Channing, greyhound - Comet, and cats - Creamsicle and Moxie.