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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 22, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Elaine Lau

Contract Academic Staff; Piano

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-1970 ext.3445

Office Location: A419

Personal Website:
Academic Background

AD (Glenn Gould), M.Mus. (Cincinnati), B.Mus.(McMaster)


Versatile as both a soloist and collaborative artist, Toronto-based pianist Elaine Lau has performed as keyboardist and soloist with numerous orchestras, and broadcast on CBC Radio 2, National Public Radio (US) and Rondo Classic (Finland).  She has performed with the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Contact Contemporary Music, and frequently with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.  Equally at home with the standard canon, Elaine also has an avid interest in the contemporary repertoire for toy, solo and duo piano, and is active in the premiering of new works for these mediums.  She has worked with many composers, including George Crumb, Jack Behrens, Linda Catlin Smith and WL Altman.  Elaine has also been a featured solo recitalist with such presenters as the Canadian Opera Company’s Piano Virtuoso concert series, Arts and Letters Series, and at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario.  Her live performances of Canadian piano repertoire can be found online at the Canadian Music Centre.

As duo pianist with Joseph Ferretti, Elaine has performed across Canada and the US, including concerts at the Banff Centre, the Royal Conservatory of Music, Blue Lake Fine Arts Festival and as concerto soloists on the NUMUS Series.  The duo has premiered many works, recorded for Capstone Records and in 2006, held an artist residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts.  Along with Stephanie Chua, Elaine and Joseph also co-founded junctQín, a keyboard collective of three devoted to performing new music. The group have commissioned and collaborated with many composers with the assistance of numerous foundations and grants, and was recently featured in a weeklong broadcast in Finland, Armenia, Hungary and Kyrgyzstan.

Elaine was coach and repetiteur for the Opera Theatre of Lucca (Italy) and from 2005-2008, collaborative pianist/instructor for the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts (USA).  In addition to performing, Elaine is active nationally as an adjudicator and Senior Examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music.  She also serves as a Teacher Advisor for the iSCORE Project, a multi-institutional web-based learning tool project (Royal Conservatory, Queen’s University, and Concordia University). A member of the piano faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University since 2003, she also served as keyboard faculty at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada for the summer of 2013.