Elizabeth Lau is the Music Director of the Mozart Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of Auckland Choral. She is a graduate of The University of Auckland where she completed a MMus in both orchestral and choral conducting , BMus(Hons) and Post-GradDipMus(Perf) degree in composition and double bass performance. Elizabeth studied conducting with Professor UweGrodd and Dr Karen Grylls, and piano accompaniment with Rae de Lisle.
Since graduating Elizabeth has attended conducting workshops in the Czech Republic as well as in New Zealand with distinguished conductors including, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Kirk Trevor and Chun Yeh, Simon Halsey, Prof. Rod Eichenberger, Tecwyn Evans, Jo-Michael Scheibe and Anton Armstrong.
She made her conducting début with the Manukau Symphony Orchestra in 2003 and has since directed many ensembles. From 2004 until 2011, she served as the Music Director of MAA – the Chinese community choir and in 2009, Elizabeth was invited to conduct the Suzuki International Conference Orchestra in Melbourne, Australia. In recent years Elizabeth has worked with the APPA Symphony Orchestra during their annual music festival event held by the Auckland Primary Principals Association, Auckland Choral along with the Mozart Orchestra and MAA.
A highlight in 2012 was her appointment as assistant conductor for the world première of ‘ LEN LYE the opera ‘ by Eve de Castro-Robinson, a project under the auspices of the University of Auckland with a season in the Maidment Theatre,Auckland.
In 2013, Elizabeth completed her Master’s degree in orchestral and choral conducting at The University of Auckland when conducting a guitar concerto by Malcom Arnold, and various a capella choral music from early Renaissance to contemporary works sung by the University Chamber Choir.
As a freelance musician, Elizabeth divides her time between conducting, piano teaching and accompanying, and working as a repetiteur, chamber music coach and professional engagements as a double bass player.