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Pronounced a “real talent” by the Wall Street Journal, pianist Andrea Lam is earning consistent acclaim as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician for her “great style and thrilling virtuosity” (Sydney Morning Herald). A frequent guest at US venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to Australia’s Sydney Opera House, Andrea’s performances are noted internationally for her “melting lyricism, filigree touch and spirited eloquence” (The Australian).
 
Andrea Lam made her orchestral debut at age 13 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and since then she has given over 70 performances with orchestras in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Japan, and Hong Kong. She has performed with many of the world’s leading conductors, including Alan Gilbert, Edo de Waart, Michael Christie, Sir William Southgate and Wing-sie Yip. She has performed with all the major Australian orchestras (Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Adelaide, Tasmanian, and West Australian symphony orchestras), the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (NZ). ABC Classics recently released her soloist recordings of two Mozart Concertos with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Nicholas Milton.
 
A regular guest of festivals such as Musica Viva’s Huntington Estate and Sydney Festival in Australia, and the Yellow Barn, Skaneateles, Norfolk, and Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in America, she has collaborated with artists including the Takacs Quartet, Ani Kavafian, and the Australian String Quartet.
 
A keen chamber musician, Andrea is also pianist of the Claremont Trio with violinist Emily Bruskin and cellist Julia Bruskin. Described by Strad Magazine as “one of America’s finest young chamber groups”, their recently released Beethoven disc for Bridge has received universal acclaim. Deeply committed to commissioning composers of their generation, they have premiered works by Sean Shepherd, Helen Grime, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Judd Greenstein.
 
Recent and upcoming highlights include return concerto performances with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia, recitals in Australia, a Brahms trio series at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), performances at the Library of Congress (Washington DC), and Smithsonian Museum.
 
Andrea Lam was a Semifinalist in the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, where she was praised for her “audience savvy, superb technique, and innate musical instincts”. Her other prizes include winner of the 2010 Astral Artists Auditions, Silver Medalist in the 2009 San Antonio Piano Competition, winner of the ABC’s ‘Young Performer of the Year’ Award in the Keyboard section, the ABC Quest Competition Viewers’ Choice Award, the Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, and the Yale Woolsey Hall Competition.
 
Andrea holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers include Boris Berman, Arkady Aronov, Ronald Farren-Price, Neta Maughan, and Kathryn Lambert. A native of Sydney, Australia, Andrea was featured in two nationally televised programs, including Andrea’s Concerto, documenting her life as a young pianist and her performance of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
  
Updated 2016

 

 
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Recorded live at 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, Bass Hall, Fort Worth, TX.

 

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