MM (Performance Teaching), BA (Music Industry), Grad Dip Edu (Secondary), Cert IV Training & Assessment
Jerry Lau is a professional guitarist, composer, and arranger from Hong Kong. Sought after by music students and pop singers alike for his impressively wide-ranging styles, he cites Carlos Santana, Gary Moore, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Al Di Meola, Lee Ritenour, Larry Coryell and Bireli Lagrene as his major musical influences.
Jerry began his formal music education at age 17. Although he was late to begin, his natural passion for the guitar allowed him to catch up rapidly. Only five years later, he joined a local indie band as lead guitarist, and subsequently signed under Direct Music as a solo artist. During this time, Jerry was invited to perform at prestigious venues and festivals including HK’s Fringe Club, Wild Day Out, Rock On, and Pop Rock Gala, to name a few.
2005 saw Jerry form “B&J”, a duo with fellow guitarist and friend, Byron Lai. Their instrumental performance of an original composition, Sharp Blade, won them performance awards at the Soundbase music festival. They were soon invited to produce songs for HK pop artists. The group became known for their pop style infused with Latin, Reggae, and Smooth Jazz, as best exemplified in Denis Ng’s “Blue Sky” and “Howl’s Dairy”.
With a Chun Wo Charitable Foundation Scholarship, Jerry graduated in 2007 from the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKied) with distinctions, where he concentrated in composition, Western and Chinese orchestration, four-parts writing, film scoring, and Jazz arrangements. His outstanding performance at HKied resulted in a placement at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Australia, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry) with distinctions.
Jerry has recently completed a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education (Double Music) at Monash University, Australia. He continues to work on different projects, such as composing the soundtrack for a theatre production of Patrick Marber’s Closer in Melbourne, Australia, and teaches his art with dreams to one day inspire teenagers with the passion of music, just like David Keung, his first mentor, once did for him.
These details were last updated on December 11, 2013