Frederick Lau

Frederick Lau

Professor of Ethnomusicology

Frederick Lau is an active ethnomusicologist, flutist, and conductor.


1991 D.M.A., Ethnomusicology & flute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
1984 M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1982 Diploma, London Guildhall School of Music and Drama
1981 B.A.(Hon), Chinese University of Hong Kong
1980 Licentiate, Royal Schools of Music (London)

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As a flutist, Lau has performed in Europe, Asia, and the US, earning a reputation for his expressive style, silvery tone, and interpretation of the baroque and avant-garde repertory. He has appeared as a soloist with the Berkeley Symphony under Kent Nagano, the Annual Baroque Ensemble under Clifton Swanson, and as a dizi soloist with the Honolulu Symphony under Joan Landry. Lau has performed with the Illinois Contemporary Players, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, London Highgate Chamber Orchestra, Kennsington Philharmonic, Decatur Symphony, San Luis Obispo Symphony, Annual Baroque Ensemble, Kona Symphony, Hawai`i Chamber Orchestra, and the Hikari Ensemble. As a strong advocate of avant-garde music, he has collaborated with composers Salvatore Martirano, Brian Ferneyhough, Vicko Globokar, Harvey Sollberger, and David Liptak, Garry Eister, and has premiered many new compositions. He is currently a member of the UH faculty ensemble Trio Xia.

His flute teachers include Alexander Murray, the former principal flutist with the London Symphony Orchestra, Trevor Wye, Kate Lucas, and Stephen Preston. In addition, he studied extensively with William Bennett, Harvey Sollberger, Peter Lukas-Graf, and Julius Baker. As a conductor, he served as the music director of the Cal Poly Chamber Orchestra and the San Luis Obispo County Youth Symphony Orchestra from 1992-2000. He founded the Cal Poly Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Hikari Ensemble. Lau studied conducting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician for orchestras and instrumental ensembles. He conducted the University of Hawai`i Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band, and was a guest conductor of the Oahu Band Directors' Association junior high honor band. He has been invited by the Singapore Minister of Education as music adjudicator for the Singapore Youth Festival (2010, 2012). He has served as an external examiner and program reviewer for University of Hong Kong, University of Melbourne, Chinese University of Hong Kong, UCLA, and National Taipei University of the Arts.

Prior to coming to the University of Hawai`i, he taught at University of Wisconsin at Eau-Claire, University of Illinois, Millikin University, and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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