Praised for his “immaculately refined” playing (The Philadelphia Inquirer), violist Born Lau has appeared internationally both as a soloist and chamber musician. He has recently performed in countries such as Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan and numerous cities in the United States and China. Career highlights include a concert at the Henry A. Kissinger Prize ceremony in Berlin, as well as 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.
Lau is a prizewinner at the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition. He is also the winner of Astral Artists’ 2012 National Auditions, the 2013 Prix Musique de Chambre at the American School in Fontainebleau, France, the 2009 Artist Series of Sarasota Scholarship Competition and the 2008 Music Society of Coral Lakes Scholarship Award. He has also been a prizewinner in the Hellam Young Artists’, Schmidbauer International Strings, and Artists Series of Sarasota competitions.
Originally from Hong Kong, Lau graduated from high school in West Palm Beach, Florida. He began studying the violin at the age of seven and the viola at eleven. His past viola teachers include Roberto Diaz, Paul Coletti and Richard Fleischman, and he studied chamber music with members of the Emerson, Guarneri and Tokyo String Quartets. Lau holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Colburn Conservatory of Music and a Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, and has given master classes at Soochow University, Temple Music Prep, the New World School of the Arts and the Washington Conservatory of Music.