Esko Laine was born in 1961 in Helsinki and began his music career as a cellist. When he was about to abandon that instrument, the Director of the Music Academy believed he should try the double bass. Esko Laine had thirteen years of double bass instruction from Jussi Javas at the Hyvinkää Conservatoire. He was just eighteen when he joined the Helsinki National Opera Orchestra and appeared as a soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Further studies followed from 1982 to 1985 with Günter Klaus at the Musikhochschule in Frankfurt, with Franco Petracchi at the Geneva Conservatoire and at the Menuhin Academy in Gstaad.
Member of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1986. As a double bass player of the Berliner Philharmoniker, he took on the responsibilities of leader from 1999 to 2001 and again since 2008. Esko Laine has given the premieres of several orchestral concertos and chamber works for double bass that were composed for him. Much sought after as a teacher of master classes and with renowned youth orchestras, since 2000 Laine has also been an instructor in the Philharmonic Orchestra’s Academy and at Berlin’s Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler. He plays in the ensemble Die Berliner and, starting in 2002, in the Philharmonische Oktett Berlin. Since 2008 he has been a member of the ensemble Bolero Berlin.
Prize-winner at the ARD International Competition in Munich and the International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen (Saxony).