Dennis Lau (born 9 September 1985) is an award-winning Malaysian Chinese electric violinist, pianist, songwriter and producer that is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Dennis Lau
Born (1985-09-09) 9 September 1985 (age 34)
OccupationMusician Composer Record Producer
Years active2006 - present
Known forRevolutionizing the sound and showmanship of the violin and the World's only Gold Phoenix Violinist
Websitewww.dennislau.com.my

Childhood & early beginningsEdit

Lau was born and raised in Ipoh where he lived there for 8 years before permanently moving to Kuala Lumpur. At that time, he studied in SRJK(C) San Min. His first exposure to music began at the age of 3 with the piano, under the guidance of his mother Chuah Chai Eng, who is a pianist herself. When he turned 11, Lau became the youngest in Malaysia to reach Grade 8 in the ABRSM graded piano exam.[1]

Lau also took up violin lessons on the side when he was 8 years old, under the tutelage of prominent violin instructors in Malaysia, Nora Kim and the late Andrew Chye. By the age of 15, he obtained the ATCL Diploma, and within the following years, he was awarded for his outstanding performance for his LTCL and FTCL exams.

After secondary studies, he decided to further his education in music, citing that he was “bad in his academics” and since his interests gravitated more towards the arts, “music was the only thing” that he could “pass”.[2]

Education (2004 - 2006)Edit

He attended UCSI University for his tertiary studies and graduated in 2006 with a B.A in Music under the Newcastle Australian Music Degree Programme, with a Double Major in Piano and Violin.

At that time, Lau was also actively involved as a regular secessionist with the RTM Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. He also held the first violin position for the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPYO).

During his second year, Lau was already frequently playing the violin in hotel lounges and took part in a bit of acting on the side. By his third year, he started composing his own songs and initiated more collaborations with local artistes, which contributed to his popularity.

CareerEdit

Pre-Debut (2007-2009)Edit

Lau quickly became well-known for his frequent appearances in high profile events and functions as a performer. Apart from playing at launches of well-known brands, he also performed for Dato’ Sri Khalid bin Mohamad Jiwa and Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza’s first wedding anniversary in 2007.

In 2007 itself, he founded Mosaic Entertainment Group, a platform that offers artistes the chance to showcase their talent by giving them the opportunity to perform at various functions.

Debut (2009)Edit

In November 2009, Lau launched his maiden album titled DiversiFy, which won an award for Best Producer. Sony Music Entertainment signed Lau on and took on the role as distributors of DiversiFy — this made Lau the first instrumental artiste to be signed on with Sony in the whole nation.

Lau also made a guest appearance in Star World’s Asia Uncut Programme hosted by Jon Niermann in Shanghai. On top of that, he also had his first collaboration with an international artiste when he performed with David Tao during his ‘Love Can’ concert.

Eventually, Lau was travelling around the world to perform at various functions in the presence of notable public figures.

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CharityEdit

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • DiversiFy (2009)
  • DiversiFy Limited Edition (2010)
  • The Journey (2015)

SingleEdit

  • The Journey (2015)
  • Don’t You Wanna Know featuring Soo Wincci (2015)
  • The Destination featuring Esmond Chong (2015)

Product EndorsementEdit

AwardsEdit

  • 2012 - Prestige Top 40 Under 40
  • 2013 - McMillan Woods Global Awards
  • 2014 - The BrandLaureate Grand Master Brand ICON Leadership Award 2014
  • 2014 - ASEAN Leading Violinist Performer
  • 2015 - Most Music Collaboration by an Instrumentalist
  • 2015 - Icon in Contemporary Instrumental Music
  • 2015 - Global Music Entrepreneur Icon Of The Year Award (Masterclass Category)
  • 2015 - Selangor Excellence Business Awards 2015 (Industry Class in Music & Entertainment)
  • 2015 - Asia Pacific CSR Awards (Masterclass Socially Responsible Entrepreneur in Music & Entertainment)

Personal lifeEdit

On March 14, 2016, Lau proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Yenni Chow, a real estate agent. The couple has been dating for more than 10 years.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Goh, Andrew (21 October 2016). "From Fire and Ashes, Dennis Lau Rises". August Man. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  2. ^ Maganathan, Dinesh (16 October 2016). "Violinist Dennis Lau is simply electric". The Star. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  3. ^ Dennis Lau. "The journey | TEDxKL". YouTube. TEDx Talks. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  4. ^ Walsh, Harry (28 June 2016). "Epic adventure brings Malaysian musician to Donegal". Donegal News. Retrieved 14 August 2017.