"Sau-Wing and Jean Lam were passionate champions of Si-Yo’s mission 'to inspire a global community with classical music.' After Wing’s passing 30 years ago, Jean and her family continued to provide generous support to Si-Yo and many young musicians. She helped establish the Sau-Wing Lam Memorial Violin Scholarship Fund, supporting Si-Yo in acquiring performance-quality string instruments for use by deserving artists in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
"Personally, Wing’s family and my family have three generations of close friendship dating back to the 1930s, starting with our fathers who were business partners in Shanghai. At my father’s request, Wing joined the New York office of DCH in 1948 and became its President around 1960. When I joined the company in 1967, Wing took me under his wing and he was a wonderful mentor, very knowledgeable, patient and kind.
"In addition to being an outstanding businessman who laid the strong foundation for DCH to become one of the largest and highly respected auto dealer groups in the nation, Wing was an accomplished amateur violinist and Jean was a very good pianist. Furthermore, Wing was an amazing connoisseur of classical violins, violas, and cellos. This enabled him to acquire one of the most important collections of such instruments ever assembled by a private individual. Most of the instruments are recognized as the best in class. They have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum and some are on loan to the prestigious Museum of Violins in Cremona, Italy.
"Wing and Jean enjoyed hosting informal concerts at their home. Players who joined them included the great Maestros Isaac Stern, Itzhak Pearlman, Cho-Liang Lin, and Jian Wang. What brought those top artists to their home were three unmatched attractions: Their warm hospitality, the opportunity to play their precious musical instruments and listen to their beautiful sound, and Jean’s wonderful cooking.
"I want to congratulate Eva Lerner-Lam on her great leadership of Si-Yo, which has been making impressive progress towards its mission."