Concert with SELO: Fung Lam, In Search Of, 20th March 2016
Described by The Independent as a composer who “has a distinctive voice”, Dr Fung Lam holds the distinction of being the youngest Chinese composer and the first Hong Kong composer ever commissioned by the BBC. He has to date written over ten orchestral works, including three commissions for BBC Radio 3 and two commissions for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2012, Endless Forms was premièred by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo at the BBC Proms, taking his music to a global audience. An excerpt from Evening Standard’s review reads, “… Lam, working with a carefully constructed minimum of material, shapes his musical world with dreamy individuality.”
He was the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Composer-in-Residence with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2015, Quintessence, written in celebration of the orchestra’s 40th anniversary, was taken on tour and performed in several major European cities, under Jaap van Zweden.
Other performers of his music have included the London Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert, Tokyo Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
Born in Hong Kong, Lam studied composition with Martin Butler, Michael Finnissy and Michael Zev Gordon at the Universities of Southampton and Sussex in UK, and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in composition from the latter in 2012. In the same year he received the Young Artist Award from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.