‘Born, Raise and Tuned to Aspire Excellence’
Dennis Lau is a UCSI Bachelors of Music graduate under the Newcastle Australian
Music Degree Program. Dennis began his musical adventure with the piano
at the tender age of 3 and became one of the youngest ever in Malaysia to
reach Grade 8 by the age of 11. He then went on to obtain several diplomas
in classical piano including the ATCL, A.M.U.S.A, Dip ABRSM and LGSM (hons).
Dennis’s violin training started at the age of 8, under the tutelage of
Miss Nora Kim and Mr. Andrew Chye. He later obtained the ATCL Diploma at
the age of 15.
This protégé was the Award Winner for Outstanding Performance for the world
class Trinity College of London, LTCL examinations. Dennis was subsequently
awarded for Outstanding Performance in Violin during his FTCL examinations,
by the Trinity College of London.
‘Music is my business’
Dennis is now an accomplished musician with many years of experience under
his belt. Not only is he prominent in the local music scene and in contemporary/jazz
rhythms but also has made a name for himself in the international arena.
He has achieved a lot in a short span of time, already having shared the
stage with Asia’s most prominent and popular artistes and celebrities. These
include Ning Baizura, David Tao, Lewis Pragasam, James Boyle, Syafinaz Selamat,
Tay Kewei, Fransisca Peters, Jimmy Sax, Noryn Aziz, Atilia Haron, Janet
Lee, Amber Chia, Winnie Loo, Arianna Teoh and Maya Karin, just to name a
few. Dennis is also a regular guest performer on various television programs
like ntv7’s Thursday Night Live show, The Breakfast Show, “Star Celeb”,
Malaysia Hari Ini (MHI), Celebrity Chat@ 8TV, etc. Dennis is now an accomplished
musician with many years of experience under his belt. Not only is he prominent
in the local music scene and in contemporary/jazz rhythms but also has made
a name for himself in the international arena. He has achieved a lot in
a short span of time, already having shared the stage with Asia’s most prominent
and popular artistes and celebrities. These include Ning Baizura, David
Tao, Lewis Pragasam, James Boyle, Syafinaz Selamat, Tay Kewei, Fransisca
Peters, Jimmy Sax, Noryn Aziz, Atilia Haron, Janet Lee, Amber Chia, Winnie
Loo, Arianna Teoh and Maya Karin, just to name a few. Dennis is also a regular
guest performer on various television programs like ntv7’s Thursday Night
Live show, The Breakfast Show, “Star Celeb”, Malaysia Hari Ini (MHI), Celebrity
Chat@ 8TV, etc.
‘The Stage is my Oyster’
A very memorable collaboration was when Dennis teamed up with James Boyle
and The Ragged Tigers in both the annual Penang Island Jazz Festival in
2006 and 2007 and also the Genting International Jazz Festival in 2007.
Dennis is regularly invited to perform as a solo violinist and also as a
collaborative partnership with numerous musicians internationally, countries
like Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Macau,
China, Korea and the current performance being in London for the Islamic
Fashion Week. Dennis was also given centre stage when he was asked to open
for Adam Lambert at Bukit Jalil Stadium, KL, while the US born American
Idol runner up season 8 singer was touring Asia in 2010. His international
collaborations also include the likes of Wang Leehom's bassist (Jingles)
& guitarist, Jamie Wilson, Lee An a popular Korean Singer and Kewei from
Singapore. Aligning himself with Tat Tong, a producer sees Dennis making
waves across international waters and making him solidify his star appeal.
Dennis is a born performer, no one manages to connect with their audiences
and have such raw emotions on display better than him. It's no surprise
that YTL Corporation asked Dennis to be part of their glamorous "A Journey
Through Time" event, which was in their third year. In which Dennis performed
alongside his constant partner Jimmy Sax and Ning Baizura.
‘The Extraordinary Moments’
Dennis has performed as a soloist with the UM Symphony Orchestra in the
presence and honour of DYMM Sultan Azlan Shah. Malaysian Royalty are no
strangers to the tunes of Dennis as he has performed twice in the presence
of the DYMM and even dedicated a sweet melody for the DYMM mother on her
birthday in 2008. These extraordinary moments stretched across the globe,
as Dennis was asked to be part of the Islamic Fashion Festival, which mesmerized
the likes of Stella McCartney, the Princess of Monaco and the Prime Minister’s
wife. He has also held the 1st violin position for the Malaysian Philharmonic
Youth Orchestra (MPYO) and is now a regular orchestra secessionist with
the RTM & National Symphony Orchestra. Dennis has had coverage in Malaysia’s
Star newspaper, being nominated one of CIMB Prestige's Top 40 Under 40 for
2009 and not forgetting the mesmerizing performance on Star World’s Asia
Uncut programme hosted by Jon Niermann in Shanghai. His maiden album Diversify
bagged some awards at the VIMA 2009, the titled song- DiversiFy got the
award for Best Producer, and Yuri Wong who worked alongside this album is
definitely Best Producer in our books. Dennis will be showcasing his acting
talent in a short film inspired by his song Prelude in F Minor from the
album DiversiFy. Malaysian bombshell Daphne Iking and local talent Steve
Yap are set to light the screen on fire with Dennis, in an effort directed
by Adrian Lai an award nominated Director. Early this year in 2012, Dennis
Lau honorably performs in the majestic presence of our Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah for Our 14th King’s Coronation Ceremony
which took place at the hilltop palace of the capital, Kuala Lumpur. Not
to mention that Dennis was also invited to be part of Malaysia 55th National
Day celebration 2012 in Stadium National Bukit Jalil together with numerous
popular artistes such as Yuna, Faizal Tahir and also Daniel Lee. In September
2012, Dennis Lau again had the golden privilege to honor Malaysia by performing
in the presence of the honorary charming and elegant Prince William and
Kate Middleton of England in the palace of the King in which also had a
lifetime opportunity to exchange handshakes and affirmative gestures.
‘Those who can, teach’
Aside from performing, composing, and working on his album, Dennis contributes
to the evolution of the music industry through his other passion - teaching.
Dennis manages to devote his skills, talent and patience to conduct music
lessons for the young in his home studio. Dennis believes that a combination
of hard-core practice, teaching and performing is what helps him excel and
find a steady foot in a tough industry.
‘The power of Giving’
Humble beginnings show’s a man the power of giving. Dennis has been involved
in many charitable causes across Malaysia, he believes in giving back through
the power of music. He has been apart of World Environmental Day, Estee
Lauder Earth Month, AIDS Awareness Campaigns, Yayasan Sunbeams Home Annual
charity dinner 2012, with many other celebrities. Other causes include a
charitable concert “Hope & Smile” in aid of the earthquake and tsunami victims
in Japan, which was organized by Dato Lee Chong Wei, and A/X Loves Japan.
As a talented young man, Dennis believes that by giving back to the society
is a way for him to always be grateful and humble with what he has acquired.
“ People’s story inspires me, and therefore it keeps me grounded and empowers
me to be better in life ”, says Dennis.
‘The Journey continues’
Dennis credits his success to his mother as she has been the driving force
throughout his journey - from a young talented boy to an ambitious grown
man. His achievements as a musician are a testament to Mrs. Lau, who herself
is a talented pianist devoting her time to teaching the young how to master
the piano. His evolution as a musician has been influenced by the different
musical genres that have swept across the decades. Mainly through musicians
such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Ryan Leslie, Wang Lee Hom, and John
Mayer. Dennis also says that those he regularly collaborates with are major
influences that have contributed to his musical creativity. Dennis has begun
to incorporate different elements from musical genres such as classical,
pop and jazz, into his latest compositions. Spicing up each performance
with his own flavour. Dennis released his maiden album in November 2009.
This album was composed and produced solely by Dennis, and featured compositions
that amalgamate jazz, pop and the classics. The album was creatively touched
by hints of R&B, Jazz, Pop and Hip Hop to give a funky, fresh, and modern
twist. Sony Music Entertainment were proud to sign Dennis on and take on
the role of being the distributors for the album DiversiFy, he is the first
instrumental artiste to sign on with Sony in the whole nation. While some
may continue to bask in the success of their maiden album for a long time,
Dennis feels that he needs to constantly give the creative juices an outlet.
Whether be it through his passion for music, or his new found passion for
movies. 2011 saw his debut movie, titled Nasi Lemak 2.0 release. The movie
saw Dennis pair himself with critically acclaimed artiste Namewee, who boasts
a Facebook fanbase of up to 600 thousand followers. Besides, Dennis recently
worked alongside with an internationally known director from New York for
a movie entitled The Borneo Incident. Recently, consecutively for 2 years
in a row Dennis again collaborates with Namewee for their upcoming movie
release, Hantu Gangster that will be launched by August 2012. Dennis’s brand
alliances include being a ‘Friend” of Oakley eyewear, and of other international
apparels like Puma and Uniqlo to name a few. There is no ending for this
maestro, as he heads to Melbourne, Australia to collaborate with DJ BASS
AGENTS for one of the biggest 2011 Merdeka Celebrations at Crown Casino.
Dennis Lau is well known not only as a mere musician or artiste but also
for his remarkable Public Relation to the people he meets. Clients and people
are his concern, he therefore always priorities working well with people.
Recently, Dennis has the chance to work alongside Malaysia’s Minister of
Tourism Ng Yen Yen during the MIGF 2012 Press Conference & Opening night
and also in numerous Malaysian Tourism events.
‘Tuning Events to the Perfect Pitch’
- Mosaic Music Entertainment- www.mosaic.com.my Mosaic is the brainchild
of talented and accomplished solo violinist/songwriter Dennis Lau. It is
established in order to provide a platform for local artistes to be engaged
in various events. Mosaic also serves a purpose in building a reputable
management in handling and organizing events for many talents. The company
stays true behind their tagline of “tuning events to the perfect pitch”
by treating each and every one of their clients with the utmost importance
and ensures that all events go down as a success so as to be remembered
for years to come. Mosaic provides a wide array of choices in terms of musicians
- all of whom are regarded as the best of what the region has to offer.
With Mosaic you just have to sit back, sway with the rhythm and enjoy!
Mosaic Movie Productions
Besides his passion for music, Dennis has been the face of many video clips,
short films, etc. It was only wise that the acclaimed musician start his
own movie production company. Capturing every cherished moment on screen,
if a picture is worth a thousand words, then a movie is definitely worth
a million words. From those first dances, to first performances, to first
emotions, everything needs to be captured on screen to show people and to
remind oneself of these moments.
Sowing The Seeds
Apart from investing into his very own passion in music, Dennis is also
casting his net wider in grooming to newly signed artiste such as Koujee
-The Beatbox Extraordinaire, Crystal Lee – Little Diva, under his wings
partnering alongside with Amber Creations. Dennis strongly believes that
great talents at such young age should not be neglected and must be groomed
in order for the two significant prodigies to be exposed. He is also looking
to recruit and train more young fresh talents in order to create a stepping
stone avenue for this industry specifically for those lacked opportunities.
By investing and building up talents as such, our very own Dennis Lau aspire
to guide new talents to achieve success with the right path, minimizing
mistakes in maximizing potential. He also stresses on that being a good
role model is one virtue he particularly must not lack in order to be a
positive and empowering influence to both Koujee and Crystal Lee.
Got your style ready? Let’s Roll it! Violin Extraordinaire Dennis Lau has
not been at a complacent state even though he has been achieving quite a
lot lately, instead, he has brought his inspirations to a whole new level
by creatively reinventing a new style – Gotcha Style. Collaborating with
numerous well-known artistes such as Moots Pop Shuvitt, Thanuja Ananthan
– Miss World Malaysia 2009 and also Fashion Creator Bernard Chandran. The
idea behind Gotcha Style is to implement a new combining element of arts
toward music. From a musician and entrepreneur’s point of view, Dennis does
not want to limit his capabilities and creativity. It is not just about
producing music only, rather creating music and understanding the majority
of listener’s needs are his goal, in which he created the Unity of Arts
(UOA). Gotcha Style’s MTV and Single has been launched in August 2012, and
currently hits a total of 117,000 viewers in Youtube.
Recent Updates and Upcoming Projects
For Dennis Lau, staying put and be complacent is not his virtue. He is always
getting his hands on for new and interesting projects to emerge his career.
Dennis has recently made a remarkable network with Oris by being one of
the selected Ambassadors for ORIS GT WATCH – “Real watch for Real people”.
Among the few who shares the title were Malaysian pride, 1st Malaysian female
Olympic Bronze medal winner Pandelela Rinong, and also silver medalist track
cyclist Azizul Hasni Awang. Besides, Dennis Lau is currently collaborating
with recording artiste & Miss World Malaysia 2008 Soo Wincci in an upcoming
single entitled ‘Don’t you wanna know’. While you await great surprises
from our creative maestro and electrifying violinist, Dennis is also working
on a new role in a new local mandarin film slated to be released in 2013.