Royce Lassley continues to impress audiences with seasoned, inspired performances since he started playing the violin at the late age of 13 with Elaine Clyatt. Within three years of starting violin lessons, he received a full scholarship to the Credo Chamber Music Festival at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Within four years, he was accepted to Aspen Music Festival on scholarship, yet he attended Interlochen Summer Festival as a distinguished Emerson Scholar (only one scholar is chosen from each state). While at Interlochen, Lassley was concertmaster of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. With the Orchestra, he performed the world preview performance of Chris Thile’s Mandolin Concerto. Lassley’s quartet was also the first group to win both Interlochen chamber competitions in one summer. During the same year, Lassley was 1st place winner of the Anderson Concerto Competition, performing Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole with the Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra. Lassley began his undergraduate studies at the Lamont School of Music, studying with Yumi Hwang-Williams. He then studied in Vienna, Austria, as a Cherrington Global Scholar with Polish concert violinist Barbara Górzyńska. Following a service mission in Germany, he completed his Bachelor of Music at Brigham Young University, studying Dr. LeeAnn Morgan and Monte Belknap.
Lassley has since received a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma from the University of Miami, Frost School of Music. There, he was a Henry Mancini Institute Fellow studying with Bettina Mussumeli, Charles Castleman, Scott Flavin, and viola with Jodi Levitz. Recently, he was a winner of the concerto competition on viola, performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Frost Symphony Orchestra. Lassley plans to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Miami, studying with Bettina Mussumeli. Lassley is a violin faculty member of Miami’s after-school Community Arts Program (CAP). He regularly performs as a violin section member with Florida Grand Opera and Palm Beach Symphony. He has also performed with such artists as Renée Fleming, José Feliciano, Jon Secada, Kirk Whalum (saxophonist for Whitney Houston), David Archuleta, Romanza, Kevin Olusola (from Pentatonix), Chris Thile, and the Ahn Trio, among many others.
Lassley is a two-time grant recipient of the Koch Cultural Trust Foundation. He has also been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education.