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Dora Lam

Assistant Principal Cello

Dora Lam

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


Dora has had the privilege to work under the batons of many renowned conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Sergiu Comissiona, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Christoph Eschenbach, Bernard Haitink, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin, and Edo de Waart. Also an avid chamber musician, Dora has performed with members of the Vienna Philharmonic and worked with members of the BeauxArtsTrio, Juilliard Quartet and Vermeer Quartet.


A native of Hong Kong, Dora began her early music lessons with her father Lam Ming Cheung and later enrolled in the Hong Kong Music Office. Dora began her formal training with Ray Wang at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. 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 Bachelors and Masters 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.