Carlo Lay is a student of violoncello with Prof. Leonid Gorokhov at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover. From 2013-2018 he was a young student of Prof. Christian Brunnert at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne.
He was born in Singapore in July 2000 and has been playing the cello since early childhood.
In 2017 Carlo Lay was awarded the first prize at the Beethoven Bonnensis competition. He won the sponsorship award at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival 2016 and was awarded a first prize with distinction at the national Young Musicians competition 2016.
Carlo is a member of the LGT Young Soloists and recorded his second CD with this ensemble in January 2019. This CD will be released in the upcoming months by Sony RCA Red Seal. His first CD with this ensemble is titled "Russian Soul", released in 2017.
Carlo was a cellist in the National Youth Orchestra (Bundesjugendorchester) and the North Rhine-Westphalia Regional Youth Orchestra (Landesjugendorchester NRW). Furthermore, he was also a choirboy in the Cologne Cathedral Choir for several years.
Concert tours with these ensembles as well as a soloist and chamber musician have taken him to Europe, Asia and the USA.
Carlo Lay has given concerts as a soloist with the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the WDR Orchestra and the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen.
At the Schumannfest in Bonn he performed the cello suites of Johann Sebastian Bach. He gained chamber music experience at the Kronberg Academy and in workshops with the Signum Quartet and the Philharmonic Quartet of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Carlo is involved in the MUTE (Music and Participation) project of the Beethoven Academy and performs as a soloist in encounter concerts in hospitals.
He has been given further musical inspiration and stimuli in various master classes, including those of Claus Kanngießer, Wolfgang Boettcher, Jens Peter Maintz, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Frans Helmerson, Leonid Gorokhov, Alexander Rudin and Antonio Meneses.
Carlo Lay holds a scholarship of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein. In November 2018 he was accepted into the scholarship program of Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Hannover e.V. and since February 2019 he receives a scholarship of Cusanuswerk.
He plays an 18th century Italian cello provided by the ANDARTA Foundation.