The newest member of the Grammy-Award-winning contemporary music ensemble eighth blackbird, violinist Yvonne Lam has captivated audiences worldwide with her intelligent and electrifying musicianship, having appeared as soloist with such renowned orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, the Auckland Philharmonia, and the American Youth Symphony. Ms. Lam possesses a rare combination of thoughtful sensitivity and formidable technical prowess and was praised by the New Zealand Herald as a performer with the “subtlest of nuancing.”
Winner of the silver medal at the 2005 Michael Hill World Violin Competition, Ms. Lam has also earned top prizes at the Liana Issakadze International Competition and the Holland-America Music Society Competition, Grand Prize in the Pasadena Instrumental Competition, First Prize in the Bronislaw Kaper Awards, the Arts Recognition and Talent Search festival (sponsored by the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts), and First Prize at the Donna Reed Foundation Competition. Furthermore, she won prizes for the Best Performance of a Commissioned Work at both the Irving M. Klein International String Competition and at the Michael Hill World Violin Competition.
In addition to serving as Assistant Concertmaster of the Washington National Opera Orchestra for three seasons, Ms. Lam is equally accomplished as a chamber musician, having performed with such distinguished chamber musicians such as Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, Anthony Marwood, Ida Kavafian, Ani Kavafian, Gil Kalish, and Fred Sherry. She performed the New York premiere of Gabriela Ortiz’s quintet El Águila bicéfala in Juilliard’s Focus! Festival 2006, and presented a program of new chamber works at Juilliard and Harvard with the Juilliard Pierrot Ensemble in collaboration with Altavoz, a group of young Latin-American composers. She has toured with SONYC (String Orchestra of New York City) and performed with ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble). She toured Israel with her quartet, the Colburn Quartet, in which she was both first violinist and pianist, and in 2010 with Musicians from Marlboro. She has performed in chamber music festivals such as Marlboro Music Festival, Music From Angel Fire, Ravinia Music Festival, Yellow Barn Music Festival, and Taos Music Festival.
A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Lam studied both piano and violin at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. Her violin teachers in Los Angeles included Alexander Treger, Laura Schmieder, Alice Schoenfeld, and Linda Rose; her piano teachers were Yohsuke Suga and Dr. Louise Lepley. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2005, where she studied with Victor Danchenko, and her Master’s degree in violin performance from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Robert Mann.