Clayton Haslop joined the professional world of music as a teenager when he was invited by Sir Neville Marriner to join the 1st violin section of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Less than two years later he performed as soloist under his baton in a number of critically acclaimed concerts that quickly established him as one of the leading violinists to emerge from Los Angeles at that time.
In the interim Haslop has traveled internationally both as a soloist and as a member of several recognized ensembles including the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, the New Hollywood String Quartet, and the Haslop/Sanders Duo (violin and guitar). Haslop has served as Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Dallas Opera, Santa Barbara Symphony, and several festival orchestras.
Living in Los Angeles for most of his career, Clayton has performed on well over 1,000 motion picture titles and currently serves in the capacity of Concertmaster for James Horner (Titanic, A Beautiful Mind, The Mask of Zorro, A Perfect Storm, Apollo 13, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, etc.), Don Davis (Matrix, Jurassic Park III), Alexander Desplat (Benjamin Button), and Michael Giacchino (Ratatouille, Up, Star Trek, The Incredibles, Mission Impossible II, Alias, Lost etc.), as well as several other composers.
Clayton Haslop has also performed as Concertmaster of the Oscars, including the 2009 Academy Awards.
As a student he was fortunate to spend three years coaching extensively with Nathan Milstein. His other teachers include Eudice Shapiro and George Kast (while a Heifetz and Percy Faith Scholarship student at the University of Southern California), Guido Mansuino, and Sybil Maxwell.
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“The Mendelssohn Violin Concerto…turned out to be, in Clayton Haslop’s affectionate and effortless reading, an earnest showpiece of virtuosic display. Haslop offered refinement and delicacy, and demonstrated an ideal give-and-take with the orchestra. Ornaments were tossed off exquisitely; in this as in all other regards, Haslop showed unflagging taste.”
LOS ANGELES TIMES
“You’ll not hear sweeter, more delicate, more fluent, more flawlessly tuned string playing anywhere.”
KANSAS CITY STAR
“Clayton Haslop is a highly sensitive musician with a superior command of the instrument and a presence and projection that mark the real soloist.”
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE