The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to welcome Joyce Lai as our Artist-in-Residence for our 2019/2020 Season.
Joyce enjoys a career as a versatile violinist, both as a soloist and chamber musician. She has been featured as a soloist with orchestras around the world, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Szeged Symphony Orchestra of Hungary, the Canadian Chamber Academy, and the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong.
Locally, Joyce has been been guest soloist with the Stratford Symphony Orchestra, Etobicoke Philharmonic, Scarborough
Philharmonic, York Chamber Ensemble, as well as the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra.
Joyce is also an experienced orchestral musician and has subbed with the Toronto Symphony, as well as led sections under the
baton of prestigious conductors including Kurt Masur, Sixten Erhling, Christopher Warren Green and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
As an avid chamber musician, Joyce can be heard throughout the year in various chamber concerts in the GTA. She has performed
at chamber music festivals including the Clear Lake Festival in Manitoba, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Festival and the Pender Harbour Festival in B.C.
In 2017, Joyce, along with pianist Erika Crino, presented a series of duo recitals featuring all Canadian works in Croatia, Serbia
and Italy. These concerts were hosted by the Canadian Embassy in celebration of Canada’s 150th.
Joyce was first violinist in the Riverdale Ensemble, a chamber group that specialized in performing rare and unique works, as well as premiering new Canadian works. The Riverdale Ensemble’s highly praised CD, Twelve by the Moon-dial, was released in 2008.
In addition to her performing career, Joyce is also an enthusiastic educator as well as a pianist and has a private studio of violin and piano students ranging from ages 3 to 73. She has taught at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts and the Hong
Kong Baptist University, in addition to giving violin clinics in the Ontario area.
Joyce is currently the artistic director as well as concertmaster for the Canadian Sinfonietta.
Joyce holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Masters of Music Degree and Performer Diploma from the Indiana University.