- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 18 to 75
- Teaching since:
- September 2009
Second-Prize winner of the 2017 New York International Artists Association Piano Competition, Hong Kong native Brian Lam was hailed by Sergei Babayan as “a very fine young pianist whose talents cannot be taught by others”. He won the First Prize at the 2014 Brooklyn College Concerto Competition, which led to a performance of Chopin’s e minor concerto with the school’s symphony under the baton of George Rothman, music director of the Riverside Symphony in New York. Two years later, in 2016, he won the First Prize at the American Proteges International Concerto Competition. Other achievements include a Gold Medal at the Young Classical Virtuoso International Piano Competition. Brian was also a finalist at the First VIVO-S International Music Competition in 2017.
Brian has appeared in greatly-acclaimed music festivals such as the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in 2011 (full scholarship) & the Hudson PianoFest at Nyack College of Music in 2015. He has also played at Steinway Halls in London & New York, Weill Recital and Zankel Halls at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufmann Music Center and Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
Brian holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in Piano Performance (summa cum laude) from Brooklyn College. His principal mentors are Adam Kent and William Wolfram.
He had been my piano teacher and mentor for 5+years. Equipped with marvelous knowledge and meticulousness on music and piano performance, he is capable and willing to uphold his professionalism. He is not going to move on until you have mastered certain fundamental musical ideations or techniques. Mr. Brian is not the type of teacher who only talks in theory or with instructions, but he can actually perform what he demands from students. Hence, he is doubtlessly a marvelous piano performer, as well as instructor, where I am certain students can learn a lot from his lessons.+ Read More
I feel very grateful and honored to have Brian as my daughter’s piano teacher (mentor rather, I should say). Brian has helped her prepare a lot of auditions and competitions; he always encouraged and inspired my daughter to love music. Highly recommend!+ Read More
I feel completely safe leaving my child with him. I have witnessed my child grow in a nearly exponential rate. We cooperate with each other and communicate effectively to help the child learn faster in better ways.
I feel very lucky to have Brian as my son's piano teacher for about 3+ years.
Before beginning lessons with Brian, my son had taken lessons with another piano teacher for almost 3 years. The progress that he made during his half years with Brian as a teacher far exceeded any expectations I had and demonstrated to me what a wonderful teacher he is.
I was able to observe most of my son's lessons. This is where I witnessed the wonderful connection that developed between teacher and student. Not only did my son grow as a piano player he gained more confidence in himself.
Brian is a very positive and encouraging teacher who is able to make confident self-motivated piano players out his students. I highly recommend Brian as a piano teacher and am envious of his future students who can experience his contagious passion and love of music first hand.
The reason I came to Mr. Brian was that I got switched to various teachers when I was taking piano lessons at a local music school. It was hard for me to adapt so many teaching styles. The school didn't even allow me to take a week off when my ex-teacher was sick! The owner of the school forced me to try out the other teachers. Horrible experience. After getting irritated, I was told by my former teacher that she had to leave for China for a few months and I just didn't want to wait for so long in order to resume my lessons. My friend told me he studies with Mr. Brian and I just wanted to try him out and I couldn't be happier! He has an interesting and unique way of teaching; he can always come up with vivid descriptions of sound. We'd both laugh at it but it helped my playing!! He always made me think and try to understand the meaning behind the notes and harmonies. We worked a lot on piano technique, arm movement, weight transfer and did a lot of fingerwork. He had me play a lot of Czerny studies and scales.
I have been with him for almost two years now and I am currently trying to play some Chopin etudes. Under his tutelage, I have been given the chance to participate in various competitions. I had the chance to perform in public at prestigious venues like Carnegie and Merkin Hall. I never thought I could come this far. Mr. Brian inspired me to major in piano performance in college!
In retrospect, I wish I hadn't gone to the local music school at all...
I highly recommend Mr. Brian. He will make your fingers "sing"!
The best mentor & a life changing figure.
It has been an honor to have studied under Brian for several years now. There isn't much else I need to say, as my peers adjacent of me can better explain why Brian is the best instructor for the beginner and expert alike.
Having studied with Brian Lam for over 3 years now, I have learned much more about music theory and piano performance than previous teachers. Brian is very hospitable towards his students and not only wants them to succeed in music but in their academic careers as well. He is also very lenient and rarely irritates over any inconveniences with those he teaches. Even with his leniency, he is able to have students pass ABRSM examinations with the highest marks and perform piano recitals in well known locations. Although I studied with Brian for only a few years, I appreciate every class that I've had with him.+ Read More
I have been studying under Brian for about a year and a half now. He is an amazing teacher because he has taught me that there is more to music than just pressing down on a key and playing a popular piece.He has taught me to shape music and express my feelings through it. Brian has encouraged me alot, especially performing because I have stage fright. He is currently helping me get over it by registering for piano competitions and recitals. Both my parents and I feel proud to have a teacher like him !!+ Read More
I have been studying under Brian for a few years now and it's been the most wonderful experience. I admire his expressive playing and his in-depth understanding of music. Not only is he a good teacher, but a great mentor as well. Brian is not the type of teacher to force his ideas upon you but instead guides you to improve your individual playing style. I am thankful for his lessons and how he has immensely improved my playing techniques. You'll never regret a lesson from him. Highly recommend!+ Read More
I feel really grateful to have Brian as a piano teacher. Before I came to him for lessons, everyone had always said that I was lacking something in my playing, and I myself felt that there was a threshold I couldn’t yet reach. I didn’t get it, but after having lessons with Brian, I started to understand how to make the music sway the audience, instead of just playing for myself. I genuinely feel that I am reaching greater heights I hadn’t ever comprehended before. As a student, after a couple years under his tutelage, I had been introduced to new opportunities and taught better methods of playing. He is one of the best teachers I have ever had.+ Read More
Mr. Brian is an awesome mentor!! I highly recommend him! I have been studying with him for almost 4 years now and he keeps inspiring me. I did not like my previous piano teacher; all she did was yelling at me for playing bad. :( I am so lucky that I got switched to Mr. Brian. I have gotten a deeper understanding of music theory, composers' historical backgrounds and most importantly, piano technique. He has helped me with arm movement/weight transfer on the keyboard. Over these years with him, I have also heard Mr. Brian's performances in the city. I feel so proud and lucky to have him as my wonderful teacher! He is definitely someone whom I can look up to!+ Read More
Having Brian as my piano instructor really improved my technique in piano and my musicality. I learned a lot from him because he is very thorough with his teaching and makes sure I understand my mistakes in order for myself to improve. He's very encouraging and that really is meaningful to a student like me, who's very shy and unconfident with my playing, to strive to do better. I can also tell he's very passionate about music and he's very knowledgeable in this subject. He makes piano lessons enjoyable and motivates me to continue learning more about music.+ Read More
I have been studying with Brian for almost 5 years and I enjoyed every hour of his lesson. He has taught me how to achieve a singing tone at the piano; more importantly, he has opened up a whole new world of beauty for me through piano playing. He is an amazing artist--I feel really grateful that I had the chance to attend his recital and hear him live.+ Read More