Alex Laing, Co-Host/Creative
Alex Laing joined From the Top’s new team of Co-Hosts and Creatives in 2020. Read more.
Alex Laing is principal clarinet for The Phoenix Symphony, a post he has held since 2002. Active in his community as a performing and teaching artist, he is committed to exploring the push and pull between a legacy art form and its unfixed future. A long time believer in community engaged music making, he recently started The Leading Tone, a non-profit after school program. The project brings music to young people and explores teaching artistry and creative youth development. Alex recently received the 2018 Sphinx Medal of Excellence and was named one of Musical America’s Professionals of the Year for 2017. Reflecting his belief that “music isn’t just sound; it’s sounds, words and people” he is frequently sought as a collaborator and has performed with the Sphinx Virtuosi at Carnegie Hall; with Lawrence Brownlee (in the world premiere of Tyshawn Sorey’s Cycle of My Being); with Thomas Hampson (as part of his Song of America: Beyond Liberty project); with the Recollective Orchestra (in the 2018 soundtrack recording of Disney’s The Lion King) and with the Gateways Festival Orchestra. As a teacher he has been a frequent collaborator with the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) program, and a faculty member for both the National Youth Orchestra and the League of American Orchestra’s Essentials of Orchestra Management Seminar. He currently serves as lead faculty for the 2019-2020 YOLA National Institute and is on the board of directors for Gateways Music Festival and Arizona School for the Arts.