Apeiron Duo, Paola Delucchi violin and Albert Lau piano
Paola and Albert started their chamber music career in January 2012, playing together as a duo during their last year of Masters Degrees at the Royal Academy of Music in London. As they met, their elegant interpretation skills matched and they instantly shared musical ideas and interests.
They first performed at the Royal Academy and few months later, they started performing many concerts across Europe, exploring different sonorities and styles, from baroque to more contemporary repertoire. Since their early stage, the duo took part in many chamber music workshops and masterclasses with well-known international musicians, such as Ian Brown, Felix Schmidt, Hu Kun, Yuri Zhislin and Joshua Fisher.
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This said, the duo is a versatile ensemble and during their career joined forces with several musicians. In spring 2012, Paola and Albert founded alongside Australian cellist Sacha McCulloch the Apeiron Piano Trio, a lively young ensemble that performed several times in many countries, including the UK, Italy and Austria. The group garnered enthusiastic reviews from national newspapers such as La Repubblica in Italy, which praised the “commendable lyrical elegance” and the “interpretative intelligence” of the ensemble.
Furthermore, in June 2014 the Apeiron Trio had the privilege to be coached by Hatto Beyerle, Johannes Meissl, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Ralf Gothoni, and Jérôme Pernoo during the session of the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna.
More recently, Paola and Albert engaged in a long term-project, exporting an Italyinspired repertoire across the Asian continent and played as a duo in Hong Kong in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute and the General Consulate of Italy in February 2017. Following the event, the duo was also invited to speak about their career at Società Dante Alighieri in Hong Kong.
In 2017 many other concerts have followed in Italy and the UK. The performance were described as a “great success” on the online review by Gli amici del Carlo Felice and the Apeiron Duo was asked to come back the following year.
In 2018 the duo have been invited to perform twice at Le Moulin des Arts in Entrecasteaux, Provence, and the performances were prized by the newspaper Var-Matin. Subsequently, the Duo performed at the Senftöpfchen Theater in Cologne, where they have inaugurated the new classical music series at the theatre. Furthermore, during the summer 2018, they have engaged in three new appointments in London at the Studio Sienko Gallery, St Stephen Walbrook and the Charlton House.
In October 2018 the duo performed at the museums chamber season at Palazzo Spinola in Genoa, Italy, in a concert organised by the prestigious Giovine Orchestra Genovese.
In 2019,they made their debut at at the prestigious St Martin in the Fields in London and began to collaborate with cultural centres and museums in the UK, such as the Foundling Museum.
The duo are known for elaborating original music programmes, often choosing unusual repertoire. Also they like surprising the audience with creative encores.
laualbert.com (website laualbert.com) is currently based in Cologne and in 2018 was elected Young Steinway Artist by Steinway & Sons in Germany, while Paola is based in London, UK, where she is the Violin Lead teacher at the Royal Academy of Music, Junior Academy FSE.
Paola and Albert short biographies
Paola Beatrice Delucchi
Paola is an Italian talented violinist with solid and elegant interpretation skills and a prime interest in chamber music. In 2012, she completed a Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London under the tutelage of Joshua Fisher. Additionally, Paola has been coached by well known musicians, including Mitsuko Uchida, Krzysztof Smietana, Eduard Schmieder, David Takeno, Hu Kun, Yuri Zhislin, Andrew West and chamber groups such as Quartetto di Cremona and Florestan Trio.
During her career, she has played with different ensembles winning renowned competitions, such as Harold Craxton Prize, Castiglione delle Stiviere and Città di Castello. As a soloist, Paola has performed and organised many concerts across Europe and other continents playing in important concert halls in the UK, Italy, China, France, Switzerland, Austria, Poland and Germany. In summer 2015, she performed baroque music as a soloist at Umbria summer Festival in Italy.
With regards to her orchestral career, Paola played under the baton of Daniel Oren, Sir Colin Davis, Leif Segerstam, Asher Fisch and Yan Pascal Tortelier. In 2008, she was the leader of the Young Italian Orchestra and, more recently, she joined professional orchestras, such as Teatro Carlo Felice symphony orchestra in 2009 and The New London Orchestra in 2014.
Lastly, trained as a qualified teacher, Paola became violin and viola lead tutor at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Academy FSE in January 2017. Additionally, Paola teaches for two organizations in London, both specialised on string teaching, the London Music Masters and a primary school in the London borough of Hackney.
Beside her music literacy, Paola gained a Master’s Degree in philosophy at the University of Genoa with summa cum laude in July 2008, specializing in philosophy of music.
Paola plays a violin by Romeo Antoniazzi (Cremona, 1902) with a bow by Nicolas Maline.
Albert Lau short biography
Born in Hong Kong, pianist Albert Lau completed his Master of Music degree with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music in London, under the tutelage of Joanna MacGregor. He previously studied with Josephine Cheung in Hong Kong, and with Emile Naoumoff at Indiana University, in USA, where he obtained his Bachelor of Music degree with high distinction.
A versatile pianist, Albert made his Southbank début at the Purcell Room in 2013, performing John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano. In April 2013, he performed at the Royal Opera House alongside lead dancers from the Royal Ballet. While at the Academy, Albert was awarded a number of prestigious prizes, including the Lloyd Hartley Prize for Best Postgraduate Recitals, the Nancy Dickinson Award, the Franz Reizenstein Award, and the Else Cross Modern Piano Prize.
An avid performer of contemporary music, Albert performed Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s music with the Academy Manson Ensemble, under Elgar Howarth, a celebrated interpreter of Birtwistle’s music. Albert’s recording with the Academy Chamber Ensemble was released under Linn Records, in which he performed Mahler and Debussy under the baton of Trevor Pinnock. Albert’s extensive performance experiences include international venues such as Salle Cortot (Paris), Circolo Ufficiali (Genoa), Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Asamsaal (Ettlingen). He has played in master classes given by Stephen Hough, Maxim Vengerov, Joshua Bell, Roy Howat, Pascal Nemirovski, among others. Albert studied chamber music with prominent pedagogues such as Maurice Hasson, Mimi Zweig, Felix Schmidt, Paul Silverthorne, Martin Outram, and Kevork Mardirossian.
Albert is currently based in Cologne, Germany, and maintains an active schedule as a concert pianist. His upcoming performances include duo concerts with Paola Delucchi in China, Italy, and Great Britain.