A native of Hong Kong, clarinetist Hugo Lau is currently studying Professional Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Eric Hoeprich, supported by Help Musicians. He was awarded a scholarship by the Royal Northern of College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where he studied with John Bradbury, Fiona Cross, Nicholas Cox and Michael Whight. He also received guidance from Katherine Spencer through the mentorship program.
Hugo is the winner of the Help Musicians Wilfred Hambleton Clarinet Competition, and has been selected as the artist of Talent Unlimited, Making Music UK, and as De Simone & Partners Young Artist in Italy. He was also the finalist at the Royal Over-Seas League Competition 2020 with his wind quintet Pacific Winds.
Hugo plays regularly with professional ensembles, including the City of London Sinfonia, Opera Holland Park and Ulster Or-chestra. He has previously worked with the London Firebird Orchestra, Mozart Cosi Octet, New Hong Kong Orchestra, Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and Newham Philharmonic. Hugo was invited on a full scholarship to attend the Taipei Music Academy and Festival, where he studied with John Bruce Yeh, the Assistant Principal Clarinetist at Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has also been featured at the Asia Pacific Band Festival, Domaine Forget Music Academy in Canada, Hamamatsu Wind Festival in Japan and Kuhmo Music Festival in Finland.
A highly sought-after soloist, Hugo has performed in major venues in the U.K. and Asia including the Barbican Centre, Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields. He has performed in masterclasses with Michael Collins, Yehuda Gliad and Paolo Beltramini.
Hugo is also an enthusiastic educator with experience working with the London Symphony Orchestra Discovery Ulster Orchestra Crescendo, Manchester Camerata, Live at Lewisham and Zest Fest at Royal Manchester Children’s Festival.