Laila Engle

Laila Engle

Born in Sydney 1981, flautist Laila Engle holds a Bachelor of Music (hons) degree majoring in flute performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music studying with Alison Mitchell and has also been awarded LMUSA diplomas in flute and voice.

Laila completed a Master of Music degree at Melbourne University in 2009 studying under Margaret Crawford and Mardi McScullea where she was awarded first class honours in performance. After graduating she was awarded an Artstart grant from the Australian council for the Arts. She was chosen as a finalist in Melbourne University’s alumni chamber music competition 2008 and has been awarded 1st prize in the ensemble section at the Australian Flute festival twice. Other awards include the Patricia Bell award, the National Women’s council scholarship for music, and the Margaret Henderson award. She has also been a semi-finalist in the 2MBS- FM young performer of the year award on two occasions.

In addition to her university study Laila has also performed in Masterclasses for internationally renowned artists such as Emmanuel Pahud, William Bennett, Felix Renggli, Micheal Cox, Paul Edmund Davies, Leone Buyse, Wissam Boustany, Michael Hasel, Peter Lloyd and Katherine Kemler.

Since 2004 Laila has been a member of the Royal Australian Air force Band. During this time performance engagements have included tours to Russia, Malaysia, and Turkey. As a chamber musician of the Air Force Band she has performed at the Australian consulate in Turkey, the Townsville International chamber music festival, ABC Sunday live and recently recorded a CD with the Air Force Wind Quintet.

In the past, Laila’s performance experience includes being a member of the Sydney Sinfonia, soloist at the Premiers awards for excellence in the HSC, soloist with the SBS youth orchestra with tours to Italy and Russia and also appears in the feature film “The Monkeys Mask”. She has been engaged to perform as a guest artist at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music with guitarist Giuseppe Zangari, the Melbourne International guitar festival with Ken Murray and as a guest lecturer at the University of Melbourne.

As a vocalist Laila has performed with ensembles such as Cantilation, the Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir, Vox, SBS radio and television choir and the Cafe at the Gate of Salvation and Astra.

After relocating from Sydney to Melbourne in 2008, Laila has become a founding member of the Syzygy Ensemble and maintains private teaching studio and a busy performance schedule as a chamber musician and soloist outside of her RAAF commitments.