What do you love about music?
Playing in a symphony orchestra, I love the teamwork aspect of music. There might be 100 people on stage of completely different backgrounds, but when the performance starts we are all united under a common goal. This can create some really powerful experiences. I also love the challenge of always striving for improvement on my instrument.
Who is your favorite artist?
On French horn it's probably Stefan Dohr, Principal horn of the Berlin Philharmonic. Outside of horn playing I would have to say Queen.
What are your top 5 desert island albums?
Really hard to say, but 5 that come to mind are 1. Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony: Pictures at an Exhibition / Pines & Fountains of Rome. 2. Queen: Jazz. 3. Gorillaz: Demon Days 4. The Chicago, Cleveland, and Philadelphia Brass Ensembles: The Antiphonal Music Of Gabrieli 5. Béla Fleck and the Flecktones: The Hidden Land
Do you play in a band or currently perform?
I'm currently a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and I often perform with other orchestras across the country.
Alex Laskey has been a horn player with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic since 2018. In 2017 he graduated from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles where he studied with Andrew Bain, principal horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Prior to that Alex received his Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University in his home town of Chicago. It was there that he was a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for two years.
Along with with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Alex often performs as a guest musician with other ensembles including the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, and New World Symphony.
When not holding a french horn, Alex enjoys rock climbing and following his dogs around with a camera.