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PO Box 64 489
Auckland, Auckland, 2163
New Zealand

0508 WAIRUA

Founded in July 2014, Wairua Sinfonietta is a unique Auckland-based orchestra whose players hold a strong belief that music can strengthen communities and unite the world. With like-minded musicians and supporters, Wairua Sinfonietta puts on high quality concerts to increase awareness and raise funds for charitable organisations locally and around the globe.

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Meet Wairua

Elizabeth Lau | FOUNDER & MUSIC DIRECTOR

Elizabeth Lau is the founder and Music Director of Wairua Sinfonietta. Her goal was to “bringing musicians and audiences together in order to support wider community through the gift of music performance at the highest possible level”.

Elizabeth’s background is diverse, holding a master’s degree in conducting from The University of Auckland as well as bachelor degrees in composition and performance including piano and double bass.  Elizabeth studied conducting with Professor Uwe Grodd and Dr Karen Grylls, and piano accompaniment with Rae de Lisle. She divides her time between conducting, piano teaching and accompanying, work as a repetiteur, chamber music coach and professional engagements as a double bass player. She is currently the Deputy Music Director of  Conductor, teacher assistant (conducting study) at The University of Auckland and Artistic Advisor of the Mozart Orchestra.

In 2014, Elizabeth took part in conducting workshops in Switzerland, and in Britain where she has been invited to join the class of Prof. Peter Stark and was invited to attend rehearsals and recording sessions taken by Simon Halsey with the London Symphony Chorus and John Wilson with the Philhamonia Orchestra. In June this year, she was the accompanist and conductor for the Suzuki Annual Concert in the Auckland Town Hall and in July she served as adjudicator in the New Plymouth Music Competition.

Elizabeth has attended conducting workshops in the Czech Republic and New Zealand with distinguished conductors including, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Prof. Peter Stark, Kirk Trevor and Chun Yeh, Anton Armstrong, Prof. Rod Eichenberger, Tecwyn Evans, Simon Halsey and Dr Jo-Michael Scheibe. She made her conducting début with the Manukau Symphony Orchestra in 2003 and has directed many ensembles during the last ten years. From 2004 until 2011 she was the Music Director of MAA - Auckland's Chinese community choir and in 2009, Elizabeth was invited to conduct the Suzuki International Conference Orchestra in Melbourne, Australia. 

In recent years, Elizabeth has increasingly worked with Auckland Choral, teacher assistant in conducting study at the University of Auckland and the Auckland Primary Principals Association Symphony Orchestra during the annual music festival. A highlight in 2012 was her appointment as assistant conductor for the world première of  LEN LYE the opera with music by Eve de Castro-Robinson, a project under the auspices of The University of Auckland performing for a season in the Maidment Theatre, Auckland.