Haylie moved to London in 1995 on a music scholarship to later gain First Class Honours BMus-GSMD and a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Solo Studies from Guildhall School Of Music and Drama. She won Guildhall School Of Music And Drama’s Maurice Warshaw Prize for Chausson’s Poeme, and The Ivan Sutton Award for chamber music.
Haylie toured Japan playing Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in nine cities, with Western Australian Youth Orchestra 1997 And later with Luxembourg Philharmonia.
In 1998, pushing boundaries, Haylie co-founded Bond with three of her girlfriends, alongside music Svengali Mel Bush and Mike Batt. Bond launched their recording and performing career to a sold-out concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, which was later released through Decca as a concert DVD: Live At Albert Hall. This DVD went on to win platinum status in the USA along with other international regions.
Ecker worked with Magnus Fiennes on the animated cartoon series Freefonix in which she plays the character Syun, who has the superpower to manipulate time via extraordinary violin skills. Ecker is a featured artist on Zucchero Fornaciari's album "Zu & Co." on the platinum award winning track Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime, (Parlophone). Ecker presents for Classical Destinations Education Series 1, released internationally in 2007.
Ecker debated against British Cultural commentator Norman Lebrecht on BBC Breakfast, which led to further invitations to debate current music issues on British media, including The Mozart Effect on LebrechtLive for BBC Radio 3 and a discussion on The Music Manifesto and music education with Julian Lloyd Webber on BBC2 TV's Lunchtime Show. Ecker recently toured with and recorded on Oi Va Voi's latest album.
In 2008 Haylie arranged and recorded the strings for the BAFTA nominated film movie Adulthood.
Haylie left Bond in 2008 and moved to Hong Kong with her family. She took a break to start a family.
In 2011 Haylie cofounded and was artistic director of PLAY!, a highbrow classical concert series for children, under the umbrella group of Premier Performances Hong Kong (www.pphk.org). As Artistic Director, she collaborated with artists such as Brooklyn Rider , Alpin Hong, Freddy Kempf and Dobrinka Tabakova, the latter with whom she curated an adaption of Saint Saens’s Carnival Of The Animals for Chinese New Year, which was premiered in 2013 Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival, and is in the process of being published as a coffee table book.
In 2012 Haylie performed a solo arrangement of Saint Saens Danse Macabre, with Orchestre Lamoureux and Faycal Karoui for Jardin de Tuileries first ever outdoor concerts.
In 2013 Haylie often records with award winning film composer Ilan Eshkeri. In 2013 she recorded the violin solos for BAFTA nominated The Snowdog and The Snowman.
Between 2011 and 2014 Haylie was a writer for Sassy Mama HK contributing music mixes for holiday events.
She also contributed as a writer for Time Out Hong Kong.
She continues her classical violin career in addition to playing with Bond and other musicians.
Selected performancesBorn to it - Haylie Ecker (strings) [Freefonix]
Zucchero FT Vaness Carlton & Haylie Ecker - Everybody's got to learn sometime
Haylie Ecker - Classical Destinations
Danse Macabre de Saint-Saëns - Haylie Ecker
Sahara by Bond
Arms Open Wide Adulthood (Instrumental)
Johnny English (2003)
XXX: State of the Union (2005)
Guildhall School of Music and Drama's Maurice Warshaw Prize for interpretation of Chausson's Poeme for Violin and Piano. (1997)
Guildhall School of Music and Drama's Ivan Sutton Prize for Chamber music. (1998)
Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year. (1997)
Royal Overseas League chamber music prize (Orlando Piano Trio with Stephen Depledge (piano) and Alexander Somov (cello)). (1999)
Orchestra tour part of strong legacy, November 30, 2014, The West Australian
That Mama: Haylie Ecker, 24 December 2013, Sassy Mama
Classic Makeover, August 14, 2004, Sydney Morning Herald
Haylie Ecker is Schwing, 8 September 2004, ABC Radio
Bond adds another string to its bow, 4 November 2004, The Age
An evening with Bond, 3 December 2004, Musical Discoveries
The Bond girls aiming to leave classical music world shaken and stirred, 3 August 2000, The Guardian
'They're out of tune - not us', October 28, 2000, The Telegraph UK
Ecker was educated at the all-girls' Penrhos College.
She received a First Class Honours Degree in Music and a Postgraduate Degree in Advanced Solo Studies from London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Haylie is a Public Advocate of music in education at Musica Viva Australia and is also a current council member of Australian Youth Orchestra (2015-2018).