- Instrument: Piano (Repetiteur)
Ben-San Lau was born in Manchester. He is currently an artist in residence at the Académie de l’Opéra National de Paris, working as a répétiteur and performing as pianist in vocal and chamber music. Previously he trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the National Opera Studio.
He has performed at the Barbican Centre, the Wigmore Hall, and the Oxford Lieder Festival; appearances outside the UK include concerts at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and La Pedrera in Barcelona. He was selected by Graham Johnson to perform in the 2013 Song Guild concert of Schubert Lieder at LSO St Luke’s, and he has collaborated on further song projects with Iain Burnside and Eugene Asti. He has played in Lieder masterclasses for Malcolm Martineau and Wolfgang Holzmair, and in vocal masterclasses for Gerald Finley, Benjamin Luxon and Edith Wiens.
He was a recipient of a 2014 Musician’s Company Concert Award supported by the Concordia Foundation, along with the Serena Nevill Prize. In 2015 he was a prize winner in the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, a finalist in the Musician’s Company Prince’s Prize, and a member of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme led by Natalie Dessay, Laurent Naouri and Roger Vignoles.
As a répétiteur he has worked for Opera Holland Park (Puccini La bohème 2016), British Youth Opera (Britten Paul Bunyan, Cimarosa Il matrimonio segreto 2013) and Riverside Opera (Bizet Carmen 2013), and he participated in the 2014 Solti Peretti Répétiteur’s Masterclasses working with Richard Bonynge CBE. For the Guildhall School he has worked on operas by Donizetti, Malcolm Arnold and Hans Werner Henze. Upcoming productions in Paris include Britten Owen Wingrave and Rameau Les fêtes d’Hébé.