Chris Laurence was born in London and studied at the Guildhall school of music. Since then he has maintained a dual career in both jazz and classical music.
He plays regularly with John Surman, the late Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor and Norma Winstone. In the classical world he was principal double bass with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields until 1995, playing on many of their famous recordings ranging from the film "Amadeus" to Benjamin Britten's "Curlew River". Jazz artists he has recorded with include trombonist J.J.Johnson, Tony Coe, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Clark Terry and Johnny Mathis. His current recordings are John Surman's "The Spaces in Between" , Kenny Wheeler's "The Long Waiting", Norma Winstone's "Manhattan In The Rain", and most recently the CD "Songs For Quintet" on the ECM label with Kenny Wheeler. He also spends a lot of time recording music for TV, film and albums, most notably "Leaving Las Vegas", ”Looking For Eric”, ”The Constant Gardener”, Howard Shore`s score for "Hugo" and most recently he was featured on the sound track of Mike Leigh`s "Mr.Turner" . In 2007 he recorded a CD with his own jazz quartet titled “New View", released on the "Basho" label. As well as jazz and classical music, Chris has also featured on albums with many stars including Elton John, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joni Mitchell and guitarist John Williams.