ViolinPlayingAlex Laing is much in demand as an orchestral leader and director. He is founder and artistic director of the Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra (DECO), which is entering its tenth season and is receiving increasing acclaim. He is also a chamber musician and recitalist. Recent performances include piano trios by Brahms, Schubert and Beethoven; oboe quartets by Mozart and Britten, Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time and Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale.

Alex began his musical education at the Edinburgh Academy and at St. Mary’s Music School where he studied violin with Warren Jacobs and worked closely with Lord Menuhin.  A graduate of Cambridge University and of the Birmingham Conservatoire, Alex studied violin with Jacqueline Ross, Peter Thomas and Michael Bochmann.  At Cambridge, he held the prestigious Instrumental Award, which led to master classes with The Endellion String Quartet.

While at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Alex led the Symphony Orchestra, and with it appeared as soloist in Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto, and in the premiere of Jonathan Girling’s Violin Concerto — The Ice Palace. Other concerto performances have included the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, the Mendelssohn and Bruch concertos, all the concertos by Bach and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.