No Extra Notes

George Lam
March 1, 2010, 12:08 am
Filed under: Composers


George Lam

Born: September 17, 1981

Current Location: Durham, NC



I am a composer living in Durham, North Carolina, pursuing a PhD in music composition at Duke University. Recently, I have been interested in writing music that directly engages with everyday life, exploring the intersection between music, theater, and the documentary. I am currently working on a new documentary opera about the legacy of Durham’s cigarette industry, created from collected interviews, oral histories and archival materials.

I have had the wonderful opportunity of collaborating with a number of performers and ensembles, including Volti (San Francisco, CA), American Opera Projects (Brooklyn, NY), Red Clay Saxophone Quartet (Greensboro, NC), Boston University Concert Band, Charles River Wind Ensemble (Boston, MA), Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Hong Kong Voices and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. I have previously studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Boston University, and have attended the 2006 Aspen Music Festival and School’s composition master class as a Schumann Fellow, as well as the 2004 Dartington International Summer School as an Angus Allnatt Foundation Fellow. Other recent fellowships and residencies include American Opera Projects’ Composers & The Voice workshop series, the Virginia Arts Festival John Duffy Composers Institute, and the Volti Choral Arts Laboratory commissioning and residency program. I was a 2009 recipient of an American Music Center Composer Assistance Program grant for the orchestral work, The Queen’s Gramophone.

I am currently a co-artistic director of Rhymes With Opera, a new opera company dedicated to bringing new opera and music-theater into unexpected spaces.

Music © 2010 George Lam

Photograph © 2009 Jianghai Ho

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Theme Music composed by Sarah Horick

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