Music Festival 2020 - Adjudicators

Elaine Lau

Versatile as both a soloist and collaborative artist, Elaine Lau has performed as keyboardist and soloist with numerous orchestras, and broadcast on CBC Radio 2, National Public Radio (USA) and Rondo Classic (Finland). She has performed with ensembles including the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Contact Contemporary Music, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. As a solo recitalist, she has been featured on the Canadian Opera Company’s Piano Virtuoso concert series, Arts and Letters Series, the Canadian Music Centre’s On the 13th! Piano Series and at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Her live performances of Canadian piano repertoire can be found online at the Canadian Music Centre.

In addition to her interest in the standard literature, Elaine also regularly premieres new works for toy, solo and duo piano, and is a founding member of junctQín, a Toronto-based contemporary keyboard collective. Recent highlights include performances at the Open Ears Festival (Kitchener-Waterloo), the International Electro-acoustic Symposium, and the Colours of Music Festival in Barrie. As duo pianist with Joseph Ferretti, Elaine has performed across North America and recorded for Capstone Records. Current projects include a recording of contemporary piano music for six hands (release in 2020), funded by FACTOR and the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as performances for the NUMUS concert series in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Elaine was coach and repetiteur for the Opera Theatre of Lucca (Italy) and for several years, collaborative pianist/instructor for the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts (USA). In addition to performing, Elaine is active nationally as an adjudicator; she also serves as a Senior Examiner for The Royal Conservatory of Music. As a Senior Teacher Advisor, Elaine happily contributed to MEDA (Music Education in the Digital Age), a multi-institutional project that produced educational learning tools. A member of the piano faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University since 2003, Ms. Lau has served as keyboard faculty at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and most recently joined the piano faculty at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Daniel Lichti

Celebrating 45 years of professional life since his operatic debut at the 1974 Stratford
Festival, Daniel Lichti has established himself as one of Canada’s finest bass-baritones,
performing internationally and with many of North America’s leading Orchestras and Choral
organizations (both modern and baroque). No stranger to the operatic stage, he is also a
frequent performer at summer Festivals, a seasoned Bach interpreter, and has gained
international acclaim as a recitalist and recording artist. Ongoing critical commentary
indicates that his artistry continues to inspire admiration for the beauty, warmth and
richness of his voice, and respect for the dignity and sincerity of his interpretations.
Recently retired from Academia, after 19 years of teaching and Coordinating Voice for the
Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University, Associate Professor Emeritus Lichti continues
to teach at the annual Académie Internationale d’été de Musique de Lyon, and has just
committed to restarting a voice program at the Casalmaggiore Festival in Italy next July.
This season’s performance highlights include the Bass arias in Bach’s St. Matthew
Passion with the Grand Philharmonic Choir and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony under
Mark Vuorinen, the world premiere of Ruth Fazal’s Jerusalem with the North Bay
Symphony Orchestra, the role of Bartolo in concert performances of Mozart’s Le
Nozze di Figaro with the National Arts Centre Orchestra under Alexander Shelley,
performances of Schubert’s Winterreise with the Penderecki String Quartet in
Toronto, at Quartetfest in Waterloo, and the Elora Festival; and a performance of
Fauré’s Requiem in the Notre Dame Basilica of Lyon under Bernard Tétu.