Berklee Student

Kelvin Lau

Berklee Student
A Professional Singer Songwriter, Composer, Pianist and Choral Conductor 
Hong Kong
Member since 2013

About Me

“What would the world be like if music were the only language through which we could communicate?” This question first came to mind when I was still a child. That has since been my dream – that everyone speaks MUSIC. Music is exponentially more complex and beautiful than any ordinary language we speak: its beauty is undeniable. Although music is becoming more and more accessible to all, more often than not, quality music is available only to those who have means, that is, people who can afford buying a CD album or a concert ticket. However, I believe that music should not be a privilege exclusive to the fortunate few; everyone should be able to enjoy music. That is why I want to study music and to promote music equality by bringing the joy of music to people who have not had the chance to learn music.

Of the many activities I participated in high school, music was my first priority. I had the honor of being selected student conductor of my school’s Senior Choir and that experience was most unforgettable. As the student conductor, I formed the choir committee, chose repertoire, planned rehearsals, and conducted the choir during practices and on stage. As most of my schoolmates had no prior choral experience, they were not interested in coming to choir practices at first. However, as time went on, they started to enjoy making music together. I always reminded them that a good choir is all about team work. It is singing in one voice with one heart that will touch the hearts of many. I was glad that many of them enjoyed the experience in the choir after all and even said that they missed the choir. This experience laid the foundation for my establishing and conducting the Hong Kong Virtuoso Chorus (“HKVC”).

I founded the HKVC the year I graduated from high school in 2011. Within a year, the chorus received awards and recognitions from international choral competitions and the media, and became one of the most active and popular youth choirs in Hong Kong. I felt encouraged by this success, but I knew I could do much more musically with more knowledge and inspiration. That was when I made the important decision to pursue a career in music. I gave up my studies in Hong Kong and came to Berklee for my degree in music.

Coming to Berklee for me is like a kid going into a candy store. Being surrounded by musical talents all over the world is exhilarating and humbling at the same time. I am now majoring in Performance and Professional Music. This dual focus will train me to be a better performing artist and director, and will equip me with a wide variety of skills, including Business & Technology, to be a more effective manager for my future music endeavors.

I realize that the journey of a musician is not likely to be a straight-forward one. I see challenges ahead as I continue learning, and learning how to learn this beautiful universal language called music. But I will definitely continue to work hard to make my dream come true.

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Experience & Education

Current

  • Conductor for Berklee Valencia Choir
    January 2014 to Present (over 4 years)

    Berklee Valencia Choir is a joint choir of master & undergraduate students, and faculty members.

  • Freelance Musician for Singing
    February 2011 to Present (over 7 years)

    Singing performance in public and private events, TV Commercial and Radio.

  • Founder and Music Director for The Hong Kong Virtuoso Chorus
    January 2011 to Present (over 7 years)

    Head of the chorus artistically and administratively. Performed with the chorus in over 50 events. As one of the most outstanding and active youth choirs in Hong Kong, the chorus is committed to offering the finest choral repertoire, while promoting music as a gift accessible to all.

Past

  • Choral Instructor for The Hong Kong Children's Choir
    December 2007 to December 2012 (over 5 years)

    Conducted the biggest choir in the world (5000 members) with experienced choral conductors in Hong Kong as partners. Gained solid and hands-on experience in teaching children aged from 5 to 18, from preparatory, elementary, junior to senior level.

  • Music Director of "Let It Shine Project" for Lions Club of Central
    January 2012 to May 2012 (4 months)

    Served as Music Director in a charitable project of providing free singing courses to more than 130 students in underprivileged schools in Hong Kong.

  • Student Coordinator for "Music Marathon" for St. Paul's College
    September 2004 to September 2010 (over 6 years)

    “Music Marathon” concert is held to raise funds for charitable organizations such as Crossroads Foundation, Orbis, Doctors Without Borders and World Vision.

  • Chorister for Opera Society of Hong Kong Chorus
    January 2010 to May 2010 (4 months)

    Participation in Andrea Bocelli Tour 2010 Hong Kong as a chorus member.

  • Invited Singer for Chinese University of Hong Kong
    September 2009 to January 2010 (4 months)

    Participation in “Practical Studies in Musicianship & Conducting (Choral) Course” as invited singer, held by the Chinese University of Hong Kong for Master in Arts (Music) students.

Education

  • BA in Professional Music at Berklee College of Music
    2013 to 2015 (2 years)
  • BA in Tourism Management at Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    2011 to 2012 (1 years)