A native of Hong Kong, clarinettist Hugo Lau completed his Postgraduate Advanced Diploma at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with the support from the Henry Wood Accommodation Trust Fund, and Master of Music in Performance at Royal Northern College of Music. He studied with John Bradbury, Joan Enric Lluna, Nicholas Cox, and Michael Whight.
Hugo is the winner of the Wilfred Hambleton Clarinet Competition and has been recently selected as an 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.
As a chamber and orchestral musician, Hugo won a full scholarship to participate in the Taipei Music Academy & Festival where he studied with John Bruce Yeh, the Assistant Principal Clarinettist at Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was a finalist of the International Orchestra Audition Award at the Samnium University of Music. His orchestral experience includes working with the London Firebird Orchestra, Mozart Cosi Octet, as well as side-by-side training with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and Netherlands Wind Ensemble. He is the Principal at the New Hong Kong Orchestra, Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and Newham Philharmonic, collaborating with renowned conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Jac van Steen and Jessica Cottis.
As a soloist, Hugo has performed in major venues in London including the Barbican Centre, Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields. He has also been featured at the Asia Pacific Band Festival, Domaine Forget Music Academy in Canada, Hamamatsu Wind Festival in Japan and Alion Baltic International Music Festival in Estonia. He has also 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, Manchester Camerata, Live at Lewisham and Zest Fest at Royal Manchester Children’s Festival.