Jaya Hanley – Violin

Violinist for the Chapel Hill Duo, Jaya Hanley. Headshot in bluebell forest, wearing blue herringbone blazer and holding violin.
Chapel Hill Duo Violinist Jaya Hanley.

Jaya was inspired to take up the violin at the age of four when he danced the night away at a family friend’s Wedding Ceilidh. After that early exposure to traditional music his education went in a more classical direction, with teaching from world-class violinists including Andrew Sherwood, Gina MacCormack, Boris Brovtsyn and Clare Thomspon.

In 2011 Jaya received the TCM Scholarship to study undergraduate violin performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and received a First-Class Honours Performance degree in 2015. During his time at Trinity Laban he formed the Chapel Hill Duo with colleague and fiancée Sarah James.

Jaya has performed as a soloist and in small ensembles and orchestras in venues including the Royal Albert Hall London, the Houses of Parliament, Birmingham Symphony Hall, The Embassy of Japan and the Brighton Dome. He has performed for the Queen and other nobility, various Members of Parliament, members of the European Parliament and foreign dignitaries and was featured on the 2010 BBC documentary ‘Gareth Malone goes to Glyndebourne’.

Born in 1993 Jaya was involved in many of the youth music projects in Brighton as a child, which inspired him to promote different styles of music through workshops in schools. Jaya’s devotion to music is in no small part due to the brilliant coaching he received as a child and it is now one of his goals to give back to the music community.

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