Lauren Alexandra Haley is a professional violinist, violist, and music educator in Houston, Texas. She earned 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’s violin and viola teachers have additionally included Fredell Lack, Andrzej Grabiec, Levine Andrade, Irina Walters, Rodica Gonzalez, Lawrence Wheeler, William Pu, Marie Winget, and Nina Westbrook.
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. She is a graduate of the International Baccalaureate.
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. In 2015, Lauren attended Juilliard’s 2015 Starling-Delay Symposium for Violin Studies in NYC.
Ms. Haley has extensive chamber music, orchestral, opera, and choral experience at both collegiate and pre-college levels. She a member of the Southeast Texas Suzuki Association (STXSA), the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and the international music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota. Lauren Haley Studios is affiliated with the Eastman School of Music.
Lauren performs on a 1750’s violin by Thomas Smith (violinmaker to King George III) along with two 1930’s Francois Lotte bows and a modern viola. Lauren also enjoys piano, voice, and conducting.
Lauren Haley Studios grew to 40 students within just two months of its creation. Currently, Lauren Haley Studios currently enrolls over 50 young musicians studying violin and viola and maintains a waitlist. Lauren Haley’s book for parents of young musicians, Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation & Talent Through Music (2018) debuted at the #1 New Release spot in 10 Amazon categories in June 2018.
Evelyn Wing-Yan Lam
Born in Hong Kong, Evelyn Wing-Yan Lam started learning the piano at the age of 7. Her principal mentors include Natalya Antonova, Maxim Mogilevsky, and Wai Cheng. She also worked with Sergei Krivonos, Thomas Schumacher, Jean Barr, Elinor Freer, Sylvie Beaudette, and Ksenia Nosikova. In 2007, Evelyn achieved the Licentiate Diploma in piano performance with distinction from the Trinity College of Music, London. In 2009, Evelyn was admitted to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY, where she received a Bachelor degree in Piano Performance in 2013 and a Master of Music degree in 2015.
Before coming to the States in 2009, Evelyn won numerous prizes in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festivals, including 2 champions, three 2nd prizes, and other honors in the piano solo and duos division. In 2001, Evelyn participated in the 65th Steinway & Sons International Youth Piano Competition (Hong Kong Region), winning the fifth prize in the category of aged 10 below. She also achieved the Outstanding Award in the Mozart Piano Competition in 2003. In 2010, she received the Honors Chamber Award from the Eastman School of Music. In 2013, she received the Henry Cobos Endowed Piano Prize from the Eastman School of Music, for her exceptional achievement in the study and performance of piano. In the summer of 2014, Evelyn participated in the piano program at the Chautauqua Institution, where she was one of the 6 six finalists in the piano competition. She also received the second prize in the American Protégé International Competition in 2015, making her debut at the Weill Recital Hall at the Carnegie Hall in November 2015.Evelyn has also performed as a soloist with the Hong Kong Children Symphony Orchestra since 2008. She performed Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3, and Piano Concerto No.5 “Emperor”. In August 2010, she toured with the orchestra to China, performing the Yellow River Piano Concerto, conducted by Dr Yip Wai-Hong.
An active soloist and collaborative pianist, Evelyn has performed in many recitals near Rochester, New York. She often gives outreach recitals in schools, senior homes, churches, and the George Eastman House. In 2015, Evelyn was appointed Collaborative Pianist for Lauren Haley Studios in Houston, Texas, where she performs with and mentors young musicians.
Evelyn is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Art in Piano Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, where she studies with Natalya Antonova and serves as the studio assistant. She is also a recipient of the graduate teaching assistantship, teaching the undergraduate piano classes.
LHS creative consultant and special assignment photographer Albertine Wang is a Princeton-educated Texas native with an academic background in Renaissance, Victorian, and Modern English literature and a professional background in marketing copywriting. Beginning with traditional studio art training, she later branched out to explore digital graphic design, photo-editing, and digital photography, focusing on portraits and promotional stills.