Pianist Lui Alan Lai is an Oberlin Conservatory of Music graduate with a BM in piano performance. He extended his study at Pennsylvania State University with a MM in piano performance and pedagogy, where he studied piano under Dr. Enrico Elisi, and pedagogy under Dr. Timothy Shafer. He also taught a number of private students and piano classes as a graduate teaching assistant at Penn State. He enjoys teaching children as he considers a strong foundation in music is important for future development.
A native of Wuhan, China, Lui Alan Lai began piano lessons at age four. After his family reunion at Hong Kong, he performed in various venues in China, Hong Kong, Italy and USA. He won several piano competitions while in middle school. He also received an award from the Ohio Music Teachers Association Piano Competition. His recent performances include an outdoor concert at Wildflower Music Festival.
Lui Alan Lai’s repertoire ranges from classical music to pre-composed jazz. He has a wide interest in both musical styles and musical technology. At Oberlin, he studied piano technology with piano technician John Cavanaugh. After graduation, he worked closely with John Cavanaugh and Andrew Bertoni as the Oberlin Conservatory Piano Shop assistant. He also worked as an administrative assistant to Oberlin Summer Music Program.
His teachers include Enrico Elisi, Sedmara Rutstein, Iantchinova Rachida, Da Chun You, Caroline Hong, Chun Hu Zhou and Seymour Fink.