Hanford Lam - Piano Teacher and Accompanist in Melbourne
Hanford is a student at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music , Monash University, under the tutelage of Tamara Smolyar , internationally recognised performer and educator. He has studied with many great pianists and organists throughout his career including Peter Hurley (Melbourne Conservatorium), Mel Waters (Melbourne Conservatorium), and John O'Donnell (Monash University). Additionally, he has attended and performed in masterclasses conducted by renowned performers such as Anatoly Documentov and Max Cooke .

He began piano studies at age four in Singapore and completed his ABRSM graded exams at twelve. Moving to Australia, he continued his education with David Riskin , a retired Russian concert pianist. This time spent with David allowed Hanford to appreciate the skill involved in inspiring others to pursue the essence of playing music; to express and convey. Since then, he has been interested in the art of teaching and started investing in a career in music education.

Melbourne High School was the first place where Hanford connected with the organ and he fell in love with this magnificent King of Instruments and won the 2013 Melbourne High School Organist Prize. Following that, he has been regularly performing in churches around Victoria, spreading the joys of listening to such a grand instrument and hoping to amplify the efforts of the Australian and New Zealand College of Organists in establishing a vibrant concert attending experience. In 2014 and 2015, he was appointed organ scholar at All Saints' East St Kilda Church and from those two years, accumulated invaluable knowledge and experience of liturgical music and choral direction. He is currently the organ scholar at St John's Toorak .

Hanford has been on a tour of twelve cities in China with the Australian International Opera Company as a pianist performing arrangements of Dvorak's Rusalka and Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. Shortly after, performed solo organ recitals at St Francis' and All Saints' to much delighted concert feedback on his choice of program and the execution of the works of Bach and Widor. In 2016, he won second prize at the Great Composers Competition Series in the 17th and 18th century music categories. Hanford has performed in many locations in Victoria such as St Paul's Cathedral , Melbourne Town Hall , Melbourne Recital Centre , Duneira Estate , Deakin Edge , Abbotsford Convent , Robert Blackwood Hall,and live on radio 3MBS .  In April 2017, Hanford presented Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony with the Monash Academy Orchestra as the organ soloist, followed by Carl Vine's Choral Symphony in May.

Accompaniment is another one of Hanford's passions due to the fact that the accompanist can affect the performance of a soloist or group immensely through carefully amalgamation with the performers' colour and ideas. He has accompanied AMEB , ABRSM , VCE , and university exams and each performance is both challenging and exciting especially when both the performer and accompanist are dedicated to presenting the best music they can possibly create as a collaboration. Many students who have been accompanied by Hanford return when they have another exam they wish to undertake.

As such, Hanford currently spends his time outside his music degree enriching the musical education of younger students, accompanying two fantastic choirs, and travelling.
  
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