Lauren Alexandra Haley is a professional violinist, author, and pedagogy expert 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 (SAA), the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) and the international music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI). 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. LHS currently enrolls over 50 young musicians studying violin and viola and maintains a waitlist.
Lauren Haley’s bestselling 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. Available in stores and online in the US and abroad, Kids Aren’t Lazy reframes the way parents and educators understand musical studies. With an emphasis on communication, Kids Aren’t Lazy empowers parents and educators with breakthrough strategies for fostering musical proficiency and cultivating healthy behavioral patterns in all areas of study.
Evelyn Wing-Yan Lam
Born in Hong Kong, Evelyn Wing-Yan Lam began piano studies at 7. Before moving to the States in 2009, Ms. Lam won numerous prizes in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festivals and other competitions while studying with Vivian Wai Cheng. In 2010, Evelyn toured as soloist with the Hong Kong Children Symphony Orchestra, performing the Yellow River Piano Concerto. In Hong Kong, Evelyn also performed Beethoven Piano Concertos No. 3 and 5 (“Emperor”) with the orchestra. In 2007, Evelyn earned the Licentiate Diploma with Distinction in Piano Performance from the Trinity College of Music, London.
In 2009, Ms. Lam was accepted to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where she earned her B.M. (’13) and M.M. (’15) in Piano Performance in the studio of Natalya Antonova. In 2010, Ms. Lam received the Honors Chamber Award from Eastman. In 2013, she received Eastman’s Henry Cobos Endowed Piano Prize for exceptional achievement in piano study and performance. In 2014, Ms. Lam was one of six finalists in the piano competition at the Chautauqua Institution. She made her debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2015 after receiving the second prize in the American Protégé International Competition. As a recipient of the graduate teaching assistantship at Eastman, Ms Lam taught undergraduate piano classes and served as the studio assistant to Natalya Antonova. Ms. Lam currently teaches at the Eastman Community Music School.
An active soloist, teacher, and collaborative pianist, Ms. Lam gives outreach recitals at schools, senior homes, churches and the George Eastman House. Ms. Lam is the studio pianist for the Lauren Haley Studios in Houston, Texas, collaborating with and mentoring LHS young musicians. In 2016, Ms. Lam traveled to South Africa and Zimbabwe with the non-profit organization Music Inspire Africa, where she taught and performed at local churches, schools and orphanages.
Ms. Lam is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music.
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.