Angel Lam is a music composer and writer who uses the beauty of soundscape, instrumentation and language to express refined emotions and her passion for life. Her compositions reflect not only her own life, but are also evidence of humanity where time and space interfere with each other in an uncertain, timeless manner.
Her compositions are praised as “an otherworldly, dreamily poetic short story…rich, singing tone and sense of drama…fanciful music” (New York Times), “an unusually affecting piece, filled with luxuriant chords, tender string songs and sensuous glissandos” (TwinCities Pioneer Press) and “mesmerized…a dazzlingly gifted young composer” (Financial Times headline article), “a born storyteller” (Financial Times).
In 2012, as composer, librettist and artistic director, she premiered her first full-length musical June Lovers, commissioned and produced by the 2012 Hong Kong Arts Festival. In 2009, she was voted “Artist of the Month” by Musical America and “Yalie of the Week” by Yale University Yale Alumni Magazine. In 2010, she is interviewed and featured on Best Buy Inc.’s “Creative Minds”, which filmed her orchestral work In Search of Seasons performed by the Minnesota Orchestra.
Her compositions have been performed throughout the United States and in major cities around the world. She has received three Carnegie Hall commissions, two as emerging composer and most recently a large concerto commission dedicated to solo cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Carnegie Hall’s China Festival “Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: A Festival Celebrating Chinese Culture”.
She first received a Carnegie Hall commission in 2005-06 working with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project, then again in 2006-07, where she worked with Grammy Awards-winning composer Osvaldo Golijov and renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw. Her composition Empty Mountain, Spirit Rain is on the touring repertoire of Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble performing in Britain, Canada, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Switzerland’s Lucerne Festival and throughout the United States. This work was released by Sony/BMG on Silk Road Ensemble’s CD "New Impossibilities" in 2007, and recorded again in the new CD "Off the Map" in 2009. “Off the Map” was nominated for a 2011 GRAMMY for Best Classical Crossover Album.Her recent collaborations include the annual Yale Cellos event directed by Aldo Parisot, Yale Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Minnesota Orchestra Inside the Classics Series (2010) and Composers Institute (2009), Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Earshot, Hong Kong Arts Festival 2012 and 2010, among others.