"Something I have not heard in a long time was the sensitivity Lam put into her performance. It was, at one moment, heart-wrenching, at another bold and assured." - Limelight Magazine 


Andrea Lam
Piano

Pronounced a "real talent" by the Wall Street Journal, New York-based Australian pianist Andrea Lam performs with orchestras and leading conductors in Australasia, Japan, China and the United States, including the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic and all major Australian symphony orchestras. From New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to the Sydney Opera House, she has played for Sydney Festival, Musica Viva’s Huntington Festival (Australia), Orford Festival (Canada), Chelsea Music Festival (USA) with works from Bach, Schumann and Chopin to Aaron Jay Kernis, Lilya Ugay and Nigel Westlake.

Recent engagements include New York’s Chelsea Music Festival, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Melbourne Recital Centre, Monash University and as soloist with the Melbourne and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and Australian Youth Orchestra. 2020/21 performances included Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House’s International Piano Day livestream, Chelsea Music Festival (including the world premiere of Glyndebourne composer-in-residence, Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade), with Australian String Quartet at Dunkeld Festival (VIC) and soloist with Canberra Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jessica Cottis; for Musica Viva Australia and Melbourne Digital Concert Hall.

A keen chamber musician, Andrea also performs and records extensively as pianist of New York’s acclaimed Claremont Trio. Andrea Lam was a Semi-finalistin the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, Silver Medalist in the 2009 San Antonio Piano Competition, and winner of the ABC's ‘Young Performer of the Year’ Award in the Keyboard section, and the Yale Woolsey Hall Competition. She holds degrees from both the Yale and the Manhattan Schools of Music. Recordings include Mozart concerti with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, for Huntington Festival’s commemorative album (ABC Classics) and with renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz (Pentatone Oxingale).

Program

 

Beethoven’s Sonata Pathètique has arrested our imaginations for over 200 years. From the opening stark C minor chord, he takes you on a journey full of drama, beauty, and edge-of-your-seat excitement. Melody Eötvös is an Australian-American composer and her Six Minikins are like “little postcards” she’s captured over the years, full of colour, atmosphere, and love. The piece ends introspectively and leads into Chopin’s Fourth Ballade, which begins looking inward, starting out of nothing, as if musing and dreaming by oneself. Chopin’s Ballades are the ultimate in story-telling through poetry. This Ballade is full of drama, and the opening theme, full of sorrow, explores different spaces, eventually turning into something like total despair at the end. By contrast, Schubert’s Sonata in A Major, D. 959, is a large-scale work from the last year of the composer’s life, and is full of warmth, melancholy, joy, and nostalgia. It is a work that reveals and revels in all of life - intoxicatingly poignant, beautifully charming, intimate, whimsical and life-affirming.  

 

Beethoven Sonata no 8 in C minor op 13 Sonata Pathétique

Melody Eötvös Six Minikins

Chopin Ballade no 4 in F Minor op 52

Interval

Schubert Sonata in A major D. 959

 

Format: 90 minutes including interval

 

The way we listen to music is ever changing with technology. More than anything, music is a way to connect us and to make us feel and think differently. To explore this, award-winning pianist Andrea Lam throws open the doors to an interactive, ever-changing experience for the first half where the audience ‘chooses its own [musical] adventure’ and determines the music playlist according to what they wish to hear in that moment – choosing among options spanning from J. S. Bach to Bill Evans. To end the program, will be Schubert’s Sonata in A major, D. 95, an apt sounding board for the music that has come before. This large-scale work somehow encapsulates everything: beauty, nostalgia, grandeur, intimacy, melancholy, joy, stillness and whimsy - all of the elements explored in the preceding selection of works, whichever they will be.

Technical Specifications

  • Grand piano tuned the day of the performance
  • Vocal microphones for the artist to speak to the audience

Workshops

Andrea is available for piano masterclasses and workshops, as well as a cushion concert, outlined below.

Outreach/Kids' Cushion concert - Storytelling Dreams and Dances (45min)
The adage that 'Music is a universal language' is true in the way it speaks to even the youngest little people, telling stories, weaving dreams and inspiring joy and even dancing! In this fun and informal cushion concert, Andrea invites listeners young and old to let the music do the 'talking' with bite-size excerpts from her recital programs - including a Chopin waltz, Bach's dances, Beethoven's evocative Pathetique and Debussy's What the West Wind Saw.

Availability

Throughout 2022. Contact Musica Viva for details.


Book Artist

Travel to centres in regional NSW is subsidised through the support of Create NSW. Musica Viva can book the artists, arrange all travel and accommodation, provide posters, flyers and program information.
If you are interested in bringing an ensemble to your town or city, please contact:

Sean Moloney

Manager, Special Projects & Regional Touring

smoloney@musicaviva.com.au