“His was playing of the highest sort — pearly pure, elegantly light, yet expressive, and with never a hint of exaggeration. If anything, Clayton Haslop’s playing leaned in the direction of Arthur Grumiaux — first class all the way.”
San Francisco Chronicle
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, etc.), Don Davis (Matrix, Jurassic Park III), Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles, Sky High, Alias, etc.), as well as several other composers.
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.
Clayton Haslop has been on the faculty of two colleges and has given masterclasses in the U.S. and abroad. Daily insights and playing tips can be found on his blog.