Zoe Kai Wai Lei

Zoe Lei enjoys new organ music and frequently plays twentieth and twenty-first century repertories. She is an incoming doctorate student at the University of Michigan, where she studies the organ with Prof. James Kibbie and the carillon with Dr. Tiffany Ng. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she is currently based in Michigan and has performed in various venues in Hong Kong, Toronto and some cities in the United States.  In April 2017, she gave her debut as an organ soloist in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and was interviewed by Radio Television Hong Kong to promote the organ.

Being an organ soloist, Zoe recently performed at St James Cathedral, Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Tafelmusik summer Institute, Beach United Church and performed as a continuo player at the Church Redeemer. Apart from appearing as a soloist, she was the organist for the New Music Ensemble and performed pieces by Bruce Mather and Gubaidulina. During September 2017 to May 2020, she worked as an organ scholar at Toronto Bloor Street United Church and organist at Toronto Chinese Baptist Church.

Upon graduating from the master’s degree program, Zoe studied with Dr. John Paul Farahat. She finished her master’s studies in organ performance at the University of Toronto in 2019, under the tutelage of Prof. Kevin Komisaruk, after having studied with the renowned Hong Kong organist, Kin Yu Wong. She completed her undergraduate studies in organ and music education at Hong Kong Baptist University in June 2017. She received scholarships from University of Michigan, University of Toronto and Macau Government and Reed Foundation at Oregon Bach Festival. zoekw125 [at] gmail [dot] com