Pronounced a “real talent” by the Wall Street Journal, New York-based pianist Andrea Lam is earning consistent acclaim as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician for her “great style and thrilling virtuosity” (Sydney Morning Herald). A frequent guest at major US venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to Australia’s Sydney Opera House, Andrea’s performances are noted internationally for her “melting lyricism, filigree touch and spirited eloquence” (The Australian).
Andrea Lam made her orchestral debut at age 13 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and since then has given over seventy performances with orchestras in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Japan, and Hong Kong. Performing with many of the world’s leading conductors, including Alan Gilbert, Edo de Waart, Michael Christie, and Wing-sie Yip, orchestras include the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Adelaide, Tasmanian, and West Australian symphony orchestras, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the Auckland Philharmonia and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras (NZ). ABC Classics recently released her soloist recordings of two Mozart concertos with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Nicholas Milton.
A regular guest of festivals such as Musica Viva’s Huntington Estate and Sydney Festival in Australia, and the Yellow Barn, and Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in the USA, she has collaborated with artists including the Takacs Quartet, Ani Kavafian, and the Australian String Quartet.
2018 engagements include as soloist with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Mendelssohn), Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (Mozart), and Australian Youth Orchestra (Chopin), Chelsea Music Festival (New York) and concerts with cellist Matt Haimovitz, the Claremont Trio, and in Australia for the Monash Academy of Performing Arts. Other recent performances as soloist, or recitalist include concerto performances with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra along with a solo recital at Melbourne Recital Centre, and concerts in the USA at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC), Brandywine Museum (PA), Sun Valley Artists Series (ID), and Bryn Mawr (PA).
Andrea Lam was a Semifinalist in the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, prizewinner in the 2010 Astral Artists Auditions, Silver Medalist in the 2009 San Antonio Piano Competition, winner of the ABC’s ‘Young Performer of the Year’ Award in the Keyboard section, the ABC Quest Competition Viewers’ Choice Award, the Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, and the Yale Woolsey Hall Competition.
A keen chamber musician, Andrea is also pianist of the New York City-based Claremont Trio. Described by Strad Magazine as “one of America’s finest young chamber groups”, their recently released Beethoven disc for Bridge received universal acclaim. Deeply committed to commissioning composers of their generation, they have premiered works by Sean Shepherd, Helen Grime, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Judd Greenstein.
Andrea holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. A native of Sydney, Australia, Andrea was featured in two nationally televised programs, including Andrea’s Concerto, documenting her life as a young pianist and her performance of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
The Washington Post review of Andrea’s performance as part of the Claremont Trio: “Exacting about voicing when crafting melodic passages, Claremont is a sensitive group that plays with passion. These qualities were evident from the lush opening bars of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 11, in which pianist Andrea Lam’s gossamer arpeggios flowed beneath the sweetly understated melodies … Lam’s delicate keyboard approach not only anchored the score but also allowed it to spiral into the heavens.”– The Washington Post (2015)
- “such eloquence of expression, assured in the opening movement, sustained through the gracious andante, and revelling in the pert exchanges of the rondo finale.”Sydney Morning Herald
- “her melting lyricism, filigree touch and spirited eloquencewere compelling. She played with a firm purpose, attention to nuance and produced a spectrum of ravishing colour.”The Australian
- “They play with passion and precision, and they had all the power to carry the great tidal wave of Brahms' final movement. It says even more for them that they made quieter passages in both works as interesting as the climaxes.”Boston Globe
- “These are some of the most impassioned, moving, and notable readings of these favorites that I have ever heard... Absolutely brilliant readings of these two works, now among the best on disc.”Audiophile Audition
- “I know of no finer recording of the Beethoven, and this one stands with the best classic versions of the Brahms.”Fanfare
- “Claremont Trio can justifiably be considered one of America's finest young chamber groups.”The Strad