Andrea Lam


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.

The 2024 season includes soloist engagements with Queensland Symphony Orchestra with conductor Umberto Clerici, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with conductor André de Ridder, Sydney Symphony Orchestra for works by Nigel Westlake and Lior, and with Orchestra Victoria for Arts Centre Melbourne. Chamber concerts include a return with the Australian String Quartet at UKARIA, and the Australia Ensemble@UNSW (Sydney), as well as solo performances of Matthew Hindson’s new works, including at Melbourne Recital Centre.

In 2023, Andrea featured in acclaimed performances of Schumann and Rachmaninov concerti with the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras with conductors Sir Donald Runnicles and Jaime Martín, and featured 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. Engagements also included 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. In 2022 Andrea toured Bach’s Goldberg Variations nationally for Musica Viva Australia alongside Paul Grabowsky, performed as soloist with the Sydney, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, as pianist alongside baritone Bo Skovhus at Sydney Opera House, and for Sydney Opera House’ 2022 International Piano Day livestream, as well as numerous solo concerts and masterclasses in regional and metropolitan centres Australia-wide.

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. Recently appointed Lecturer in Piano at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Andrea holds degrees from both the Yale, and the Manhattan Schools of Music. Recordings include Mozart concerti with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, with cellist Matt Haimovitz (Pentatone Oxingale), and as part of New York’s acclaimed Claremont Trio. Pianist for violinist Emily Sun on the ARIA-nominated album Nocturnes (ABC Classics), earning a rare 5 star review in The Australian and described as “a winner on every count” (Sydney Morning Herald), Andrea’s next album features solo piano works by Matthew Hindson, due for 2024 release.

Latest News

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.

Recent reviews:
Utzon Series solo recital, Sydney Opera House:
“a masterful performance” [5 STARS] – Sydney Arts Guide, 2023

Schumann piano concerto in A minor, Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Donald Runnicles:
“…Lam was meshed brilliantly with various sections of SSO. Her presentation of Schumann’s side themes made for a riveting and hugely varied set of storytelling… fine pianism full of integrity and colour” – Sydney Arts Guide, 2023

idyllic… an always excellent sense of chamber music rapport between pianist and orchestra… an ending that touched on the transcendent.”
Bachtrack, 2023

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