Lai Tak-chun, from Hong Kong, is one of the first Chinese tuba players to be offered a position as principal tuba of an overseas professional orchestra. He joined the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra as Principal tuba player from 2015 to 2020.
He has appeared with many orchestras including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra Sinfonia, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington.
Lai is the 2012 Champion of Open Bass Tuba, 2013 Champion of Open Contra Brass Tuba in Victorian Band’s League State Solo Championship and the Champion of Open High Tuba in Australian National Band Championship 2013. He completed his Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the University of Melbourne with Tim Buzbee, and his Diploma at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with Paul Luxenberg.
Lai is a Tuba Teacher at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Music Director of Men of Winds Concert Band. He was an Euphonium and Tuba Tutor at the University of Auckland from 2015 to 2020, Judge Member at the APMA Auckland Music Festival 2016, Faculty Member at Slider Asia 2017, Music Director of Auckland City Brass Band from 2018 to 2020 and Co-Founder of New Zealand International Brass Festival since 2019.
Lai is an Eastman Tuba Performing Artist and Ultimate Brass Artist plays exclusively on his signature mouthpiece, LTC-C and LTC-F.