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), and Chelsea Music Festival (USA) with works from Bach, Schumann and Chopin to Aaron Jay Kernis, Lilya Ugay, and Nigel Westlake.
Most recently, Andrea toured nationally for Musica Viva Australia performing Bach’s Goldberg Varations, and played concerto soloist engagements with the Sydney, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. She performed as pianist alongside renowned baritone Bo Skovhus at the Sydney Opera House and as solo pianist in regional concerts for Musica Viva, for Melbourne Recital Centre, Phoenix Central Park (Sydney) and Blackheath Chamber Music Festival, as well as for Sydney Opera House’ 2022 International Piano Day livestream.
In 2023, Andrea performs concertos with Sydney Symphony and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras with conductors Sir Donald Runnicles and Jaime Martín, and features in Adelaide Festival in both the Chamber Landscapes weekend curated by Paavali Jumppanen, and the Ngapa William Cooper Project, commissioned by UKARIA and Finding Our Voice, composed by Lior and Nigel Westlake and performed with the Australian String Quartet. Andrea also performs for the Sydney Opera House’ Utzon Music Series, Newcastle and Sanguine Estate Music Festivals, with the Australia Ensemble at UNSW, in recital at Elder Hall (Adelaide) with violinist Emily Sun, alongside several regional concerts.
A keen chamber musician, Andrea was pianist of New York’s acclaimed Claremont Trio from 2010 – 2020. Other recent engagements include New York’s Chelsea Music Festival, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as soloist with the Melbourne and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and Australian Youth Orchestra, with tenor Andrew Goodwin, and as guest of the Australian String Quartet at Dunkeld Festival.
Andrea Lam was a Semifinalist in 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 and for Huntington Festival’s commemorative album (ABC Classics) and with renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz (Pentatone Oxingale). Andrea features as pianist on Nocturnes, violinist Emily Sun’s critically acclaimed ARIA-nominated album for ABC Classics, earning a rare 5 star review in The Australian and described as “a winner on every count” – Sydney Morning Herald.
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2021 release ‘Nocturnes’ (ABC Classics), as violinist Emily Sun’s debut album and featuring pianist Andrea Lam, received a nomination for a 2021 ARIA Award for ‘Best Classical Album’. Read more here.
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)
- "This performance was one of sublime beauty from beginning to end... packed so full of emotion... This was tear-jerking stuff. The finale was thrilling... building to a conclusion that, unsurprisingly, brought cheers and thunderous applause from the large audience." 4.5 starsLimelight Magazine, May 2021Rachmaninoff piano concerto no.2, Canberra Symphony Orchestra
- "Soloist Andrea Lam began impressively with a slow and steady crescendo rising powerfully to meet the entry of the strings.... a mighty crescendo and a dazzling cadenza"Canberra Times, May 2021Rachmaninov piano concerto no.2, Canberra Symphony Orchestra/ Jessica Cottis
- "Lam is the real deal. She can and has held her own on concert stages in several countries and across Australia. She caresses the piano with a sensitivity that would make a lot of pianists jealous. And, she has fire, passion and a focus”Canberra CityNews, May 2021Rachmaninov piano concerto no.2, Canberra Symphony Orchestra/ Jessica Cottis
- “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
- “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
- "[Andrea's] delicate keyboard approach not only anchored the score but allowed it to spiral into the heavens."The Washington Post