Lam Lai was born in Hong Kong. She studied her master’s degree in music composition at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Martijn Padding and Yannis Kyriakides. Currently she is studying in the Sonology department.
Before her study in the Netherlands, she studied music composition in The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Hong Kong. Her compositions are performed around the globe, including orchestral, ensemble, electronic and interdisciplinary works. As a composer, she tends to create new hybrids of media, exploring sound experiences in music and the communication to the listener.
Lam Lai has focused on combining conventional performance practices with other forms of art such as electronic sound, visual art, film, literature and theatre. In 2011, her work Frozen Moment for synchronising two ensembles in two cities was performed by the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble in Hong Kong and Ensemble Adapter in the Berliner Festspiele 2011.
She worked with many innovative new music groups such as the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie (Frankfurt), Experimentalstudio des SWR (Freiburg), Atlas Academy (Amsterdam), Ensemble Adapter (Berlin), Parallax (Norway), Dallas Winds (United States), New European Ensemble (The Hague) and Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (Hong Kong). Her works were performed in many music and art festivals in different countries such as the Holland Festival, MOBILE M+: INFLATION! (Hong Kong), Musica Nova Helsinki (Finland), Atlas Festival (Amsterdam), New vision arts festival (Hong Kong), Sonic Anchor (Hong Kong), WASBE wind band festival (California) and also in South Korea and France.
Apart from creating her own music, Lam Lai also contributes in music and art education. She was invited by Hong Kong Arts Centre as an artistic tutor to design series of sound art workshops about “Art & Technology” for secondary school students. Currently, she is working with the music-theatre company de Veenfabriek for the performance RAARRR which tours around the Netherlands this winter.