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Dora Lam

Assistant Principal Cello

Dora Lam

Dora Lam joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra as Assistant Principal Cello in 2006. Previously, Dora had served as principal cellist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and performed regularly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  She has also served as principal cellist in numerous festivals including the Pacific Music Festival, Asian Youth Orchestra, and Spoleto Festival US.


Dora has had the privilege of working with many renowned conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Sergiu Comissiona, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Christoph Eschenbach, Bernard Haitink, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin, and Jaap van Zweden. Also an avid chamber musician, Dora has performed with members of the Vienna Philharmonic and worked with members of the Beaux Arts Trio, Juilliard Quartet, and Vermeer Quartet.

Dora’s earliest music lessons were with her father, Lam Ming-cheung, and she later enrolled in the Hong Kong Music Office. Dora began her formal training with Ray Wang at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). Subsequently, she studied with Stephen Kates on scholarship at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, the United States’ first academy of music. There she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music. She continued her studies on scholarship with Alan Stepansky at the Manhattan School of Music, and with John Sharp at the Roosevelt University.   

Currently, Dora is a faculty member at HKAPA, Hong Kong Baptist University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong.