began playing violin at age five, while living in Karachi,
Pakistan. His Rumanian father gave him his first lessons,
until the family moved to Bombay, India, where a classically
trained teacher was found. Continuing his studies, Lax attended
music conservatories in Paris and Rome, culminating in 1975,
when he decided to explore music beyond the classical realm.
Europe and Greece, he played in many settingssolo, and with
various groupsperforming every kind of musicfrom classical
and gypsy to jazz, rock and popular folk melodies. Lax has also
composed many original tunes, blending his Rumanian heritage, world
influences and classical background.
moving to America, he has performed and recorded with numerous
jazz, folk and rock musicians, and also with symphony, opera,
ballet, and chamber groups. His credits include playing
in orchestras for such luminaries as Ella Fitzgerald
and Pavarotti, opening for Rickie Lee Jones,
recording on CD's with Airto, Paul McCandless
and Michael Manring, and many others.
making his home on Maui, Hawai`i, he divides his time between
performing, teaching, recording & swimming in the warm
the groups with which he plays are- duos with guitarists
Vance Koenig & Bo Shores; Gypsy band "Zingaro";
The Espresso Band with Tim O'Hara; Island Breeze with Marty
Baum; Classical duos, trios and quartets, and the Haleakala
is the new and ancient instrument played by Don V. Lax.