Laurie Dempsey was born in Chester where he started instrumental lessons at the age of 8. At the age of 16 he was awarded a place at Chetham's School of Music. He later gained a scholarship to study viola at the RNCM, with the renowned Professor of Viola, Mark Knight. He has played with many orchestras and ensembles in the North West, as both a leader and section player and recently travelled to Montepulciano, Italy to perform in the Cantiere Internatzionale D'arte Festival. He also spends time teaching and recording throughout the North West.