Ari Lalji

At 15, Ari Lalji was one of the youngest double-bass players to perform with the London Schools Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that he was a member of the National Children’s Orchestra for 4 years. He won first prize in the U12 Double-Bass category at Sutton Music Festival in 2012, and the year before was a finalist on Trumpet in the Wandsworth Young Musician competition.

Ari presently attends the Merton Music Foundation on Saturdays, where he studies double-bass, trumpet, piano and singing in preparation for music college.

Ari recently toured to Sweden with the LSSO, and has joined a quintet which will be performing Schubert’s Trout at St John’s Smith Square.

Ari had a specific need for a double bass with a narrower neck as the stretch required for the standard instrument he was using has caused mild tendonitis in his right hand. We were able to find a modern Hungarian instrument with a tapered back that met his needs and his condition is now improving.