Haylie Ecker

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Haylie Ecker
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Haylie Ecker
Background information
Born (1975-10-09) 9 October 1975 (age 41)
Origin Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Instruments Violin, piano
Associated acts Bond, Oi Va Voi
Notable instruments
1751 J.B. Guadagnini, Starfish electric violin

Haylie Ecker (born 9 October 1975) is an Australian performer, writer, artistic director, and the former first violinist and co-founding member of the multi-platinum selling classical crossover string quartet Bond. With Bond she sold over 4 million records and accrued 43 platinum and gold records internationally. She left Bond in 2008 to become a mother. She plays a 1751 J.B. Guadagnini.


Haylie moved to London in 1995 on a music scholarship to later gain First Class Honours BMus-GSMD and a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Solo Studies from Guildhall School Of Music and Drama. She won Guildhall School Of Music And Drama’s Maurice Warshaw Prize for Chausson’s Poeme, and The Ivan Sutton Award for chamber music.

Haylie toured Japan playing Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in nine cities, with Western Australian Youth Orchestra 1997 And later with Luxembourg Philharmonia.

In 1998, pushing boundaries, Haylie co-founded Bond with three of her girlfriends, alongside music Svengali Mel Bush and Mike Batt. Bond launched their recording and performing career to a sold-out concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, which was later released through Decca as a concert DVD: Live At Albert Hall. This DVD went on to win platinum status in the USA along with other international regions.


Ecker worked with Magnus Fiennes on the animated cartoon series Freefonix in which she plays the character Syun, who has the superpower to manipulate time via extraordinary violin skills. Ecker is a featured artist on Zucchero's album "Zucchero & Co" on the platinum award winning track Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime, (Parlophone). Ecker presents for Classical Destinations Education Series 1, released internationally in 2007.

Ecker debated against British Cultural commentator Norman Lebrecht on BBC Breakfast, which led to further invitations to debate current music issues on British media, including The Mozart Effect on LebrechtLive for BBC Radio 3 and a discussion on The Music Manifesto and music education with Julian Lloyd Webber on BBC2 TV's Lunchtime Show. Ecker recently toured with and recorded on Oi Va Voi's latest album.

In 2008 Haylie arranged and recorded the strings for the BAFTA nominated film movie Adulthood.

Haylie left Bond in 2008 and moved to Hong Kong with her family. She took a break to start a family.


In 2011 Haylie cofounded and was artistic director of PLAY!, a highbrow classical concert series for children, under the umbrella group of Premier Performances Hong Kong (www.pphk.org). As Artistic Director, she collaborated with artists such as Brooklyn Rider , Alpin Hong, Freddy Kempf and Dobrinka Tabakova, the latter with whom she curated an adaption of Saint Saens’s Carnival Of The Animals for Chinese New Year, which was premiered in 2013 Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival, and is in the process of being published as a coffee table book.

In 2012 Haylie performed a solo arrangement of Saint Saens Danse Macabre, with Orchestre Lamoureux and Faycal Karoui for Jardin de Tuileries first ever outdoor concerts.

In 2013 Haylie often records with award winning film composer Ilan Eshkeri. In 2013 she recorded the violin solos for BAFTA nominated The Snowdog and The Snowman.

Between 2011 and 2014 Haylie was a writer for Sassy Mama HK contributing music mixes for holiday events.

She also contributed as a writer for Time Out Hong Kong.

She continues her classical violin career in addition to playing with Bond and other musicians.

Selected performances[edit]

Selected performances

  • Born to it - Haylie Ecker (strings) [Freefonix][1]
  • Zucchero FT Vaness Carlton & Haylie Ecker - Everybody's got to learn sometime
  • Haylie Ecker - Classical Destinations
  • Danse Macabre de Saint-Saëns - Haylie Ecker
  • Sahara by Bond
  • Arms Open Wide Adulthood (Instrumental)


Prizes won[edit]


  • Orchestra tour part of strong legacy, November 30, 2014, The West Australian[2]
  • That Mama: Haylie Ecker, 24 December 2013, Sassy Mama[3]
  • Classic Makeover, August 14, 2004, Sydney Morning Herald[4]
  • Haylie Ecker is Schwing, 8 September 2004, ABC Radio[5]
  • Bond adds another string to its bow, 4 November 2004, The Age[6]
  • An evening with Bond, 3 December 2004, Musical Discoveries[7]
  • The Bond girls aiming to leave classical music world shaken and stirred, 3 August 2000, The Guardian[8]
  • 'They're out of tune - not us', October 28, 2000, The Telegraph UK[9]


Ecker was educated at the all-girls' Penrhos College.

She received a First Class Honours Degree in Music and a Postgraduate Degree in Advanced Solo Studies from London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Public image[edit]

Haylie is a Public Advocate of music in education at Musica Viva Australia and is also a current council member of Australian Youth Orchestra (2015-2018).


  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXe0yy8B9tY, retrieved 2015-11-07  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Orchestra tour part of strong legacy". au.news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2015-11-09. 
  3. ^ "That Mama: Haylie Ecker - Sassy Mama". Sassy Mama. Retrieved 2015-11-08. 
  4. ^ "Classic makeover - Music - www.smh.com.au". www.smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-09. 
  5. ^ "Haylie Ecker is Schwing". www.abc.net.au. Retrieved 2015-11-09. 
  6. ^ "Bond adds another string to its bow - Music - www.theage.com.au". www.theage.com.au. Retrieved 2015-11-09. 
  7. ^ "An Evening with Bond at Musical Discoveries". www.musicaldiscoveries.com. Retrieved 2015-11-09. 
  8. ^ Gibbons, Fiachra; Correspondent, Arts. "New all-girl group shakes up classical world". the Guardian. Retrieved 2015-11-08. 
  9. ^ "'They're out of tune - not us'". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-11-09.