Alastair Blayden was a music scholar at Winchester College and a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music. He studied with Joan Dickson and William Pleeth and also received chamber music coaching at Aldeburgh with the Borodin Quartet and in Cologne with the Amadeus Quartet.
He was a founder member of the Dante Quartet with whom he regularly broadcasts. Alastair has held the position of Sub-Principal Cello with LSO since 1997. Alastair is also Professor of Cello at the Royal College of Music. He plays on a Celionatus (circa 1740) kindly lent to him by the LSO.