Two Workshops in a Week

I will be workshopping my Suite, consisting of themes from the opera Bou6, with the Kreutzer Quartet. It will be an interesting way to experience the same ideas again but transformed into a different medium.

Date: 11 February 2020, 14:00-17:00
Venue: Ensemble Room, Faculty of Music, St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1DB

Just a few days after, I will also be workshopping my new orchestral piece Summer—finally completing my ‘four seasons’ Swedish Rhapsody cycle—again with the Oxford Philharmonic! This time it’s at a much more convenient location as well.

Date: 14 February 2020, 12:15-14:00, 15:00-18:00
Venue: Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DY
John Traill, conductor

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Oxford Contemporary Opera Festival

26/11/2019 @ 20:00 27/11/2019 @ 22:00

One show, two nights, three new operas. Come to experience the premiere production of my work Bou6 (暴), commemorating Hong Kong’s June 2019 – when it all started.

Toni Scharle, director
Eleanor Harrington, assistant director
Lucia Švecová, music director
Israel Lai, assistant director/composer
Miuccia Chan, libretto


Tyranny – Zhao Ng
Riot – Maxime Cugnon de Sévricourt
The Departed – Anna Townsend
The Condemner – Oliver Black

£4 – £10 Student / Regular

Oxford Contemporary Opera Society

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Jacqueline du Pré Music Building

St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place
Oxford, OX4 1DY United Kingdom
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Conducting the St Giles Orchestra

25/01/2020 @ 19:30 21:00

Having won the Maestro conducting masterclass, I am given the opportunity to perform an overture with the St Giles Orchestra.

Gioachino Rossini: La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) Overture
George Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F (Olga Jegunova, piano)
César Franck: Symphony in D minor

St Giles Orchestra

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St Andrew’s Church

Linton Road
Oxford, OX2 6UG United Kingdom
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Workshopping with the Oxford Phil!

I’ve been selected to workshop my new orchestral work, Dusk in Chiufen, with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to test out ideas, work with and receive feedback from an ensemble of such a high standard. You are most cordially invited.

Date: 22 February 2019, 12:15–14:00; 15:00–18:00
(my piece at ca. 16:45)
Venue: Centre for Music, Bayswater Road, Oxford OX3 9FF

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra
John Traill, conductor

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Israel Lai’s Graduation Concert

Piano recital and composition showcase by Israel Lai


Clifford Demarest: Rhapsody for organ and piano
Organ: Israel Lai
Piano: Alvin Leung

Israel Lai: Winter (2017)
Piano: Israel Lai

Israel Lai: Two Songs (2018)
Text by Chan Hong-to
Soprano: Karen Daley
Piano: Israel Lai

Israel Lai: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (2015-18)
Clarinet: Lai Tsoi-yin
Conductor: Israel Lai

Dmitri Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue in A major
Piano: Israel Lai

Wilhelm Stenhammar: Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.23
Piano: Israel Lai
Conductor: Jason Chau

(Encore) Israel Lai: Violin duet (2018)
Violin: Israel Lai, Trasy Leung