Born in Sydney 1981, flautist Laila Engle holds a Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as well as LMusA diplomas in flute and voice. In 2009, Laila completed a Master of Music degree at Melbourne University receiving high distinctions in performance. She was a finalist in Melbourne University’s alumni chamber music competition 2008 and has been awarded 1st prize in the ensemble section at the Australian Flute Festival twice. Other awards she has received include the Patricia Bell Award, the National Women’s Council scholarship for music and theMargaret Henderson Award. She was also a semi-finalist in the 2MBS-FM Young Performer of the Year Award on two occasions.
In addition to her university study Laila has also performed in Masterclasses for internationally renowned artists such as Emmanuel Pahud, William Bennett, Felix Renggli, Micheal Cox, Paul Edmund Davies, Leone Buyse, Wissam Boustany, Michael Hasel, Peter Lloyd and Katherine Kemler. Since 2004, Laila has been a member of the Royal Australian Air force Band. Performance engagements have included tours to Russia, Malaysia, and Turkey.
Past engagements include performances at the Australian consulate in Turkey, the Townsville International chamber music festival, tthe Gaudeamus Interpreters Award and and recently recorded a CD with the Air Force Wind Quintet. She has also been engaged to perform as a guest artist at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music with guitarist Giuseppe Zangari, the Melbourne International guitar festival with Ken Murray and as a guest lecturer at the University of Melbourne.
Since relocating from Sydney to Melbourne in 2008, Laila has become a founding member of the Syzygy Ensemble, maintains a private teaching studio and also a busy performance schedule as a chamber musician and soloist outside of her RAAF commitments.