Carmine Lauri started playing the violin at the age of four and further his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Maurice Hasson.
Mr. Lauri has performed extensively worldwide including performances in the presence of various Heads of State. He is the Co-Leader of the London Symphony Orchestra for the past 18 years, the Concertmaster of the Oxford Philharmonic and Guest Leader of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also guest lead of various orchestras including the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the London Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Bournemouth Symphony, Manchester Camerata and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under distinguished conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Antonio Pappano, Riccardo Chailly, Yuri Temirkanov and Valery Gergiev.
Carmine regularly leads the LSO and has lead the orchestra in numerous recordings including music scores of movies, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Queen, The Danish Girl, Suffragette, Shape of Water (just to name a few) and is often the featured violin soloist in many films such as ‘As you like it’ and ‘Joyeux Nöel’.
Carmine Lauri has two solo compact disc recordings to his credit, Bravura (1994) and Violin Extravaganza (2004).
Carmine has performed concertos with many international orchestras including the LSO, LPO, the Czech Philharmonic and Czech State Phil of Brno, the Oxford Philharmonic, the Orquesta Municipal de Caracas, the MPO, The Armenia State Symphony Orchestra and others. He has also premiered two violin concertos with the LSO. Carmine was made an Associate and Fellow of the Royal Academy (ARAM, FRAM) for his achievements in his career and his talents were acknowledged by his country which bestowed upon him the National Order of Merit – M.O.M. (F’Ġieh ir-Repubblika) and is also recipient of the 2015 Gold medal for the Arts. He is a visiting professor of the Royal Academy of Music and gives masterclasses and coaches young students in orchestral sectional rehearsals on a regular basis.
Recent performances have included performances of concertos by Wieniawski (1st Concerto), Bruch, Glazunov, Vivaldi’s and Piazzola’s 4 Seasons, solo performances with Victoria Mullova, Simon Trypceski, Nikolai Znaider, Nicola Benedetti and the world top gypsy violinist Roby Lakatos.
In 2015 Carmine performed with and directed the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra as part of their Great Concertmaster series in Poland and give a recital at the Frankfurt Oper as part of the Malta Culture celebrations in Germany. In April 2018 he made his debut as solist with the Armenian State Symphony Orchetsra performing Wieniawski’s 1st Violin Concerto and in July 2018 he performed the Glazunov violin concerto with the Malta Philharmonic as part of the Victoria Arts Festival. In October 2018 he was the soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra performing Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen in a concert in Hanoi, Vietnam and was also the soloist in John Williams’s Schindler’s List in a concert with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer himself in a special unique performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
He recently performed the Korngold Violin Concerto with both the Oxford Philharmonic in Oxford, UK and the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra in Yerevan, Armenia and will be performing the Glazunov Violin Concerto with both the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra in Mexico in October and with the Oxford Philharmonic conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano in December 2019.
Carmine plays a Nichola Lupot violin made in ca 1780.