Lauren Alexandra Haley is a professional violinist, violist, and music educator in Houston, Texas. She has a degree in Violin Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Oleh Krysa. Accepted into both the violin and viola performance programs at Eastman, Lauren also studied violin with the late Zvi Zeitlin and viola with Phillip Ying (of the Ying Quartet).
Lauren has performed and recorded professionally in the London Telefilmonic Orchestra. While living in the United Kingdom, Lauren performed in venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Chichester Cathedral, St. John’s Smith Square, and Menuhin Hall. As a freelance artist, Lauren played both violin and viola in the Wally Fields Jazz Orchestra and the Thames Philharmonia. As a student, she was recognized as the Farnham Young Musician of the Year in 2008 and was chosen for a solo performance for the 2007 conference of the Association for Music in International Schools in Aberdeen, Scotland.
For most of her life as a violinist, Lauren has taught younger musicians. She founded Fiddlers’ Club, a non-profit string ensemble for young musicians, in 2007 in Surrey, England. In Rochester, New York, she taught after-school violin lessons at School 17.
Lauren’s violin and viola teachers have included Fredell Lack, Andrzej Grabiec, Levine Andrade, Lawrence Wheeler, William Pu, Marie Winget, and Nina Westbrook. Lauren also enjoys piano, voice, and conducting studies. She is an active member of the international music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota.
Growing up in Houston, Lauren performed as concertmaster of the Virtuosi of Houston and the Greater Houston Youth Orchestra. Summer festivals include the American Festival for the Arts (2003-2005), Abilene Summer Music Festival (2005), California Summer Music (2006), New York University’s Steinhardt Intensive String Quartet Workshop (2007), MusicWorks in the UK (2008), and the Interharmony International Music Festival in Hinterzarten and Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany (2008-2010). Lauren has extensive chamber music, orchestral, opera, and choral experience at both collegiate and pre-college levels and is currently establishing a music academy in the Houston area.
Lauren performs on a 1750’s Thomas Smith violin and a modern viola.