A recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, violinist Praise Lam is emerging as a highly active soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician both in Canada and abroad. Since capturing the 2003 Emerging Performing Arts Award at the Mississauga Arts Awards, Praise’s solo performances has taken her from her hometown orchestral stage with the Mississauga Philharmonic Orchestra to television appearances with Canada AM & CBC to Hollywood’s 20th Century Fox Newman Scoring Stage in Los Angeles, California. Praise has also performed for former Canadian Ambassador to China (His Excellency, Ambassador Joseph Caron) and the Director of the Canada Arts Council (Dr. Shirley L. Thomson) in Beijing.
Praise holds an ARCT Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor of Music Performance degree and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto. As a consistent scholarship student, Praise studied with renowned pedagogues David Zafer and Alec Hou and has also spent two years of applied violin studies with Professor Lin Yaoji at the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music. An avid promoter of arts in education, Praise works as a violin coach with the Mississauga Youth Orchestra as well as within the Peel Board of Education Schools. Praise also works as a presenter of educational school concerts for the Brantford Symphony Orchestra. Since 2008, Praise has been working as a violin instructor alongside renowned violinist Moshe Hammer and his creation “The Hammer Band: From Violence To Violins”, an outreach program providing violin lessons to inner city schools in Toronto.
In her early years, Praise had been active as an accomplished pianist as well as a composer. A consistent award winner in both fields, Praise began her piano studies at age 4 and her composition endeavours at age 9. A student of Canadian composer Larysa Kuzmenko at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Praise Lam was the scholarship winner of the Ettore Mazzoleni Memorial Composition Scholarship and the Dr. Igor Kuchivnsky Memorial Composition Scholarship for three consecutive years. She was 15 years old when she first held the position of student composer-in-residence at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s YAPA program (Young Artists’ Performance Academy) in Toronto, and 16 when her work for string orchestra (Shadows of a Journey) was premiered by the Royal Conservatory of Music Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Simon Streatfeild. Her commission at age 18 by the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra to compose an orchestral work (Scenes from a Dream) was her last official work before she decided to pursue a full-time career as a violinist.
Praise is a member of Sinfonia Toronto, a professional 13-piece virtuoso strings orchestra. Their performances can be heard regularly nationwide on “Symphony Hall” and regionally on “Music Around Us” on CBC Radio Two. After completing successful concert tours to Germany (2007) and Spain (2010) to critical acclaim, the group is looking forward to their next official tour (currently scheduled for 2012 to Spain and Brussels). Praise works as a professional musician in Toronto and maintains a busy teaching studio in the GTA as well. As a freelance violinist, Praise has performed with the Brantford Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Sinfonietta, Elora Festival Orchestra, Georgian Bay Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Huronia Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Niagara Symphony, Sinfonia Mississauga, Scarborough Philharmonic, Sudbury Symphony, Talisker Players, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Toronto Philharmonia, Via Salzburg, Windsor Symphony, Opera York, the 2007 run of The Phantom of the Opera (Mirvish Productions), as well as the 2009 run of The Sound of Music (Mirvish Productions). Praise has shared a stage with international artist Josh Groban and has performed with Canadian pop sensations RyanDan. In addition to her classical endeavours, Praise can be heard playing on the soundtrack for the film “Gray Matters” (2007) starring Heather Graham and Tom Cavanagh as well as on the film “Gooby” (2008) starring Robbie Coltrane. Praise is also currently in high demand as a hip hop and contemporary electric violinist – a genre which she enjoys pursuing aside from her classical endeavours. A fan of improv and eclectic violin repertoire, Praise takes great pleasure in playing with musicians from all walks of life.