Nationally acclaimed performer, composer, arranger, and educator, Jamie Laval is hailed as “One of North America’s finest practitioners of traditional Scottish music” (San Jose Mercury News). Laval’s unique approach to traditional Celtic music blends the simplicity of an ancient art form with stunning virtuosity and contemporary flair that resonates with families, youth, seniors, and devotees of ethnic, jazz, and classical music.
Currently making his home in Tryon, North Carolina (near Asheville), Laval grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he received his musical training at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. During the early years of his career he was a member of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, the Seattle Opera, and the Victoria Symphony. At that time Laval recorded numerous movie and television sound track recordings including the solo for Emmy-nominated theme song Everwood which aired weekly for two years on The WB. Laval collaborated on Dave Matthews’ platinum album Some Devil and gave a private performance for Her Majesty the Queen.
In 2002, Laval won the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship which launched his career throughout the U.S. and Scotland as a devoted performer of Celtic music. A self-managed, independent artist, Laval sustains a schedule of over 80 engagements per year on community concert series, large festival stages, as a soloist with symphonies, and in chamber music performances with other top string players.
Laval teaches classes and workshops for institutions such as St. Andrews University (North Carolina), California State University (California), and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Glasgow). He presented a TEDx Talk on the value of arts and music in our communities.
Murmurs and Drones, Laval’s third album, won the popular vote for “Best World Traditional Album” in the 2012 Independent Music Awards. In 2017 Jamie was awarded a Regional Artist Project Grant from the Arts Council of Henderson County. In 2019 the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) became the 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor for Jamie Laval’s Celtic Christmas.