The Melbourne-based flautist Laila Engle maintains a busy performance and touring schedule as a musician in the Royal Australian Air Force and she has travelled extensively throughout Australia and abroad, performing regularly for dignitaries and at official ceremonies.
Laila holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and a Master’s of Music from the University of Melbourne, studying under Alison Mitchell, Geoffrey Collins, Margaret Crawford and Mardi McSullea.
A passionate advocate of contemporary Australian music, Laila champions this repertoire through her work as a founding member of the award-winning chamber music group, Syzygy Ensemble, and in a duo with guitarist Ken Murray. She has collaborated with and premiered numerous works by leading composers such Brenton Broadstock, Katy Abbott, Elliot Gyger, Thomas Reiner, Barry Conygham, Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh, Anthony Lyons, Lisa Illean and Gordon Kerry.
Laila also has an interest in singing and is active as a vocalist in Melbourne, regularly performing with vocal ensembles such as Cantilation, Astra and the Consort of Melbourne. When taking a break from performing, Laila can be heard over the airways as the co-presenter of the Australian Sounds program on 3MBS-FM.