George Tsz Kwan LAM

George Tsz Kwan LAM, Dr

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Composition, Oral History and Music, Documentary Music, Opera, Vocal Music


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Hong Kong-born composer George Tsz-Kwan Lam (b. 1981) grew up in both Hong Kong and Winthrop, Massachusetts. George Lam is Associate Professor of Music at Hong Kong Baptist University, having previously served as Assistant Professor of Music at York College, The City University of New York.

Recently, Lam’s works have focused on the idea of placemaking through new music, including his most recent work Family Association (2022) – a site-specific, GPS-enabled listening experience for Manhattan's Chinatown neighborhood that combines collected oral history and music inspired by the recorded speech. Family Association premiered in May 2022, and was co-commissioned by The Performance Project at University Settlement and Music At The Anthology (MATA) in New York City.

Another recent musical placemaking project titled The Emigrants (2018), commissioned by the cello-percussion duo New Morse Code, tells the stories of seven musicians who emigrated to Queens, New York City, and combines oral history recordings with live music for cello and percussion. The Emigrants premiered at the Queens Museum in December 2018, and has been subsequently featured at the 2019 Re:Sound Festival in Cleveland, the 2020 New Music Gathering, and the 2021 Hot Air Music Festival. George Tsz-Kwan Lam served as the 2018 composer-in-residence at the Chautauqua Opera Company, for which he composed three new works for voice. For more information and to listen to George Lam's portfolio, please visit

Research Interests

  • Musical Placemaking
  • Vocal Music, Opera
  • Chamber Music
  • Soundwalk and Sound Studies

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Composition, PhD, Duke University


Composition, Master, Johns Hopkins University


Composition, Bachelor, Boston University


External positions

Chautauqua Opera Company

Jun 2018Aug 2018

York College, The City University of New York



  • M Music


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