Born in Hong Kong, Stephen Lam was recently selected by Riccardo Muti to participate in an opera production of his Italian Opera Academy. Described as “undoubtedly a man of passion who lives for the music…” (Adam Rozlach, Polish Radio), Lam was highly commended by Zubin Mehta and Christoph Eschenbach who had attended his live performances. Lam is currently the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Ponte Orchestra & Singers, and 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), Ravenna Opera House (Italy), Chamber Ensemble of Orchestra Cadaques (Spain) and Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland). Lam has also received critical acclaim as an operatic conductor, with his full-staged performances of Carmen, Die lustige Witwe, Cosi fan tutti, le nozze di Figaro, la Boheme and Falstaff. In November 2020, Lam was invited by the European Union Office in Hong Kong and German Consulate in Hong Kong to curate and conduct a concert to unite and comfort the people of Hong Kong, in the midst of the depressing pandemic.
Lam is also a dedicated educator and ardent advocate of community outreach programmes. His collaborations with young musicians has been widely praised. He is currently lecturer and conductor of United International College (co-founded by Beijing Normal University and Hong Kong Baptist University), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen) and a regular guest professor-conductor in Sichuan Music Conservatory in China. He was a member of the jury at the 2021 World Choir Festival, 2018 Belt & Road World Choir Festival and Czech Music Festival in Hradec Kralove (2017). In addition, he served as Artistic Coordinator at the 2019 World Choral Conducting Competition.
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. Lam was 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 in 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.