Born in Hong Kong, Stephen Lam is recently selected by Riccardo Muti as one of his students to participate in opera production of his Italian Opera Academy. Described as “undoubtedly a man of passion who lives for the music…” (Adam Rozlach, Polish Radio), he is highly commended by Zubin Mehta and Christoph Eschenbach after watching his live performances. Lam is currently the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Ponte Orchestra and Singers, as well as conductor of the Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Lam has worked with orchestras around the world, including the Vienna Radio Orchestra, St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic (Russia), King’s Philharmonic (London), Orchestra de Royal Opera de Liege-Wallonie (Belgium), Ravenna Opera House (Italy), Chamber Ensemble of Orchestra Cadaques (Spain) and Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland). Lam has also received critical success as an operatic conductor, including Carmen, Die lustige Witwe, Cosi fan tutti, le nozze di Figaro, la Boheme and Falstaff. His recent performances include Ode to Freedom – celebration of 30th Anniversary of Fall of Berlin Wall, Les Misérables – a tribute to the people of Hong Kong in 2019, and Rite of Spring – a concert of classical orchestra, ballet and video.
Lam is also a dedicated educator and ardent advocate of community outreach, and his collaboration with young musicians has been widely praised. He is currently guest lecturer and music director of United International College between Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University, as well as regular guest professor and conductor in Sichuan Music Conservatory in China. He was a member of the jury at the 2018 Belt & Road World Choir Festival, Maribor European Grand Prix in Slovenia, Czech Music Festival in Hradec Kralove, and Artistic Co-ordinator of 2019 World Choral Conducting Competition. Under his coaching, Good Hope School won 4 prizes, including the Grand Prix of the 40th International May Choir Competition in 2019, being the first Chinese team ever in history.
Lam studied conducting at the prestigious University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where he was one of the last students of Uros Lajovic, Ordner Edwin, and Konrad Leitner, and also one of the few selected to conduct the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna at the Musikverein. An extraordinary multifaceted musician, Lam also holds a Bachelor degree of Environmental Science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a Master of Arts in Literary and Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong.