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Academy Director - Piano


Clarence Lam enjoys a busy and varied international career encompassing roles as a pianist, educator, examiner, and adjudicator. Currently serving as a faculty member at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Junior School and as a music diploma examiner for Trinity College London, Clarence’s expertise spans both educational and performance domains. 

His dedication to education led him to past teaching positions at the Macau Conservatory and the establishment of Muse Education Centre in Macau, where he serves as Academy Director. Clarence is highly sought after as an educator, having delivered masterclasses at renowned institutions such as Eton College, Oundle School, and Wells Cathedral School. Many of his students have achieved success at international competitions and gained admission to top conservatoires worldwide. His concert career has taken him across Asia and Europe, where he has delivered captivating recitals and collaborated with esteemed orchestras such as the Athenean Ensemble, RNCM Symphony Orchestra, and Rachmaninov Institute Symphony Orchestra, among others. Teaching and performing aside, he has also engaged audiences through pre-concert talks in collaboration with the Macao Orchestra, and is frequently invited to adjudicate local and international piano competitions.

Nurturing his passion for music from an early age under the guidance of mentors Alec Hone and James Kirby at Oundle School, Clarence pursued formal training with Helen Krizos at the Royal Northern College of Music, graduating with the Alfred Clay Scholarship for the highest undergraduate final recital mark and first-class honours, as well as earning distinction in FRSM. Supported by the MBF Postgraduate Performance Award and the Macau Government Postgraduate Scholarship, he pursued advanced studies under the tutelage of Ian Fountain at the Royal Academy of Music, London, culminating in a Master of Music with Distinction and a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music teaching diploma. Upon returning to Hong Kong, he furthered his studies with Eleanor Wong at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Clarence has been enriched by the guidance of esteemed pianists such as Gary Graffman, John Lill, Michel Béroff, Nelson Goerner, Pascal Devoyon, Pascal Rogé, and Stephen Hough.

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