Auckland City Brass welcomes Tak Chun Lai to wave the baton.
A native of Hong Kong, Tak Chun Lai began musical training at age 11. Lai completed his Bachelor of Music (Honours) at University of Melbourne in 2013, under the guidance of Tim Buzbee (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra). Before studying in Australia, Lai completed a Diploma of Music Performance at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2009, under the guidance of Paul Luxenburg (Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra).
He joined the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra as the Principal tuba player in 2015, and is a active teacher of brass in Auckland.
Lai has freelanced with a number of orchestras, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra Sinfonia, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Northern Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Asian Youth Orchestra.
Lai has been awarded many scholarships during his years of study. They include Donald William Thornton Bequest Scholarship (2013), Frank Barzyk Brass Award (2013), Hong Kong Disney Scholarship (2010), Bernard Van Zuiden Music Fund Scholarship (2010), and the Hong Kong SAR Philharmonic Scholarship (2008).
Lai is the 2012 Champion of Open Bass Tuba, 2013 Champion of Open Contra Bass Tuba in Victorian Band’s League State Solo Championship and the Champion of Open High Tuba in Australian National Band Championship 2013.
Lai has also conducted the New Zealand Youth Brass Ensemble and wind band/concert bands in Hong Kong.
Tak Chun Lai has just returned to New Zealand with Wellington Brass Band who won a clean sweep in taking the National Australian Band Contest for 2018.
Auckland City Brass is very excited to have Tak Chun Lai on board.