Michael Lam

Photo of Michael Lam at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto
Michael Lam.

Michael Lam

Medical Student - Music Scholar

Music and Medicine

Michael is currently a second-year student at Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS). When Michael arrived in Canterbury in September 2020, he became the Medical School's first Music Scholar.

Jointly funded by the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University, three individual scholarships for KMMS first-year students are awarded each year.  They recognise existing musical talent, whilst encouraging excellence and development.  

Before arriving at Kent...

Michael obtained a Bachelor of Medical Science degree with an Honours Specialization in Biochemistry at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada.

Born and raised in Toronto, Michael started studying classical piano with Victoria Gimelshtein in 2005, just before turning eight years old. 

He earned his Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT) Diploma in Piano Performance with a First Class Honours with Distinction in 2014 and has since continued to perform in the community, including in hospital settings, in addition to teaching piano and music theory to young students.

Musical influences

Michael’s favourite living pianist is Sir András Schiff. Michael attributes much of his musical development to watching Schiff’s performances and masterclasses online. 

Other pianists greatly admired by Michael include, but are not limited to, Daniel Barenboim, Martha Argerich, Murray Perahia, Richard Goode, Krystian Zimerman, Angela Hewitt, Marc-André Hamelin, Hélène Grimaud, Igor Levit, and Jonathan Biss. 

"Michael is an outstanding pianist, and a wonderful ambassador for the Music Performance Scholarship programme. 

His series of filmed performances created during lockdown were a real testament to his ability to keep performing, and it was a particular pleasure to offer him the opportunity to perform to both a live and online audience as part of our formal Lunchtime Concert series this term. 

Extra-curricular music-making is a vibrant aspect of life at the University, and both the Music department and the Kent and Medway Medical School are delighted to support Michael's consummate musicianship".

Daniel Harding, Head of Music Performance, University of Kent

Outside of music, Michael is very passionate about ice hockey and is a diehard fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He also loves chess, origami, and roller coasters!

Healing impact of Music

Michael strongly believes in the ability of music to impact health and well-being while recognizing the importance of evidence-based medicine.

In 2016 he started a volunteering agency called Evidence Seekers which trained and coordinated undergraduate science students to provide free research assistance to family doctors in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada. 

Michael is very eager to continue conducting medical research in the future.  

He enjoys human interaction and would love to pursue a career in primary care.