Welcome to Colourstrings Conservatory of Music - Vancouver

Colourstrings Director

Early Childhood, Colourstrings Violin 

Laura Hasthorpe is a professional violist and musical entrepreneur,  the first early childhood specialist to bring the Colourstrings music education to Canada in 2004. 

After setting up her own Kodaly based school The Colourstrings Conservatory of Music in 2004, Laura set up the highly successful Colourstrings program at the VSO school of music in 2011. 

Laura is a certified Colourstrings early childhood specialist and Violin teacher having trained with Dr. Géza Szilvay in London, Scotland and Finland where the approach originates. She has attended International Kodaly workshops with Helga Dietrich, David Vinden, Lucinda Geoghegan and Judith Brindle.

With nearly two decades of experience teaching children in private and school settings, she has coached numerous violin & viola sectionals for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and the Vancouver Youth Orchestra. 

Born in England, Laura received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Certificate of Postgraduate Studies in performance with distinction, from the Royal Academy of Music & Drama, Glasgow, Scotland, as well as gaining numerous prizes and scholarships, one of which took her to continue her postgraduate studies with the world renowned Gerald Stanick in Canada.  

Highlights of her orchestral career to date include:

  • Annual Proms concert series with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Recording with Scottish band Texas on their UK #1 Album "The Hush" 
  • Playing with soloist Yo-Yo Ma at the Royal Albert Hall in London 
  • UK Tour of Wagner's complete Ring Cycle with Scottish Opera Orchestra 
  • Performences with Bill Coon, award winning Canadian Jazz Guitarist

An active professional freelance violist in Europe and in BC, Laura has played with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera, The Cadell String Quartet, BT Ensemble, Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, West Coast Chamber Orchestra, Northshore Symphonia and the Vancouver Metropolitan orchestra.


Laura Hasthorpe